Quite a few people have recently been asking me about HackEire 2012 so just to clarify that I will not be running HackEire this year. It's a long story but to summarise, I just don't have the time to run such an event again and with each passing year, it got harder and there was less help forthcoming unfortunately.
I'd like to thank Singe for all his help over the three years and Brian Honan (Head of Iriss-Cert) for his support for allowing me to run an event where people come and hack boxes. Last year was the toughest yet and most complex infrastructure, probably too complex, but thanks to Damian, we were able to have a live scoreboard with some vulnerabilities and to Bob and David, we had some simply awesome reverse-engineering challenges.
I'd also like to thank everyone who has attended the event over the past three years, thank you because it'd obviously wouldn't have gone ahead if no-one turned up!!!
The good news is that Iriss-Cert team will be holding the IrissCon conference again this year and they intend on having a new ethical hacking contest, however, I am not sure as to what form this will take. If you have further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I still have some challenges from HackEire 2011 to release so I will do that over the coming months, once I get some proper free time (sorry for the delay).
Hopefully, at some point in the near future, time permitting, HackEire will make a return in some format......