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[SUBMISSIONS CLOSED] Community Challenge: Brecht’s API Scavenger Hunt

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Congratulations to our challenge winners (randomly selected from those who had all of the below correct answers): @RSG and @NathanG

 

UPDATE: this challenge has ended! We are so thrilled at the response for this challenge, huge thanks to everyone who participated. Looks like everyone had a lot of fun with it 😊. We will review all the submissions and announce the challenge winners tomorrow (August 27th). We will also share the answer key at this time!

 

In the meantime, we're pleased to award a special challenge badge to everyone who participated:

 

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If you don't see your badge awarded in the next 24 hours, please reach out to community-help@meraki.com.

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Welcome to the API scavenger hunt! It consists of 10 questions that need answers. You’ll have to crawl through the catacombs of the configuration of a dummy network using the Meraki dashboard API. Please keep in mind that I used the new APIv1 to test these myself, but v0 should work too.

 

If you don't know how to use the dashboard API I recommend you look into this tutorial on using Postman and Meraki APIs:

https://developer.cisco.com/meraki/build/meraki-postman-collection-getting-started/

 

Note that that tutorial was written for v0 of the API. If you need more info on APIv1, have a look at the official docs here:

https://developer.cisco.com/meraki/api-v1/#!introduction/meraki-dashboard-api

 

The new Postman library for APIv1 can be found here:

https://documenter.getpostman.com/view/897512/SzYXYfmJ

 

Feel free to use whichever method you prefer to gather the necessary data. Whichever way you choose, you'll need the following info:

 

API key:

d5d2cc757aab100c3c436883ec35987e5d518cd1

 

NetworkID:

L_631066897785293452

 

You only have read-only access and only to the Sub-Etha network.

 

In case you run into issues, don't hesitate to open a topic in the community so we can help out. It seems obvious but please don't share the answers with anyone, nor post them in the community; it kind of spoils the fun. If you see a return code of "429: Too Many Requests" that means that we've run into the API rate limiter. It may very well happen as everyone will be using the same API key, if it does, lay back and try again later, you've got plenty of time!

 

Without further ado, here are the questions (also, don't forget your towel):

 

  1. We are looking for a radio station. Switch Eddie's geographic location (address).
  2. We are looking for a date. Have a look at VLAN 1525 in the MX. It'll provide hints.
  3. We're looking for a well known attack used by hackers. A hint can be found in the raspberrypi client's notes.
  4. We're looking for a motto, and even a rule. Don't ... SSID 15's name says the rest.
  5. This question can be found on the splash page settings for the same SSID.
  6. We're looking for one of my favorite characters. The Total Perspective Vortex MV camera's tags are all hints.
  7. We're looking for some kind of big calculator. Port 6 on switch Eddie links up to it.
  8. We're looking for the artist of a song. You'll need to use the snapshot API to know which one. Make a snapshot of the Total Perspective Vortex camera. I shone some light at the exact timestamp of 18/08/2020 16:12:00 Belgian time (Note that Belgian time is at +02:00 at the moment). If your timestamp is correct, you'll see the title of a song that's also the name of a spaceship, if not you'll see only darkness.
  9. Who is informed when someone violates their geofencing policy?
  10. By now the central theme of the questions should be clear. But the next question isn’t: oaniemmsbuhpvzkbzptgsilyzskjoticnmk? It's Vigenère encoded, the keyword for deciphering it can be found in a pointless MX L3 firewall rule.

How to win

There will be two winners for this challenge. In order to win, you must have answered all 10 questions correctly in a comment on this post by August 26th at 11am PDT. In the likely event that multiple submissions contain all 10 correct answers, we will randomly select 2 winners from that group of respondents. Winners will receive Osprey Ultralight Stuff Pack!

 

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Comments will remain hidden throughout the contest. On August 26th, we’ll announce the winners and share the answer key.

 

Enjoy!


Note: Meraki Employees are permitted to participate! Complete rules and eligibility can be found here.

81 Comments
Kind of a big deal

Great challenge @BrechtSchamp  Let the hunting commence!

Kind of a big deal

Frickin‘ great idea @BrechtSchamp! 😎

Conversationalist

I can see the Network now! LET THE HUNT COMMENCE!

Conversationalist

1. BBC
2. 5/25
3. phishing
4. Don't Panic
5. What is the answer to the ultimate question of life the universe and everything
6. Marvin the Paranoid Android
7. Deep Thought
8. Neil Young
9. arthur.dent@human.from.earth
10. Terry Pratchett???

Here to help

We are looking for a radio station. Switch Eddie's geographic location (address).
Broadcasting House, Peel Wing, Portland Pl, London W1A 1AA, United Kingdom

 

We are looking for a date. Have a look at VLAN 1525 in the MX. It'll provide hints.
"Towel Day" - 25 May

Towel Day.png

 

We're looking for a well known attack used by hackers. A hint can be found in the raspberrypi client's notes.
phishing

 

We're looking for a motto, and even a rule. Don't ... SSID 15's name says the rest.
Don't Panic! Dont Panic (2).jpg

 

This question can be found on the splash page settings for the same SSID.
42 - "What is the answer to..."

Towel_Day-42-Infographic (2).jpg

 

We're looking for one of my favorite characters. The Total Perspective Vortex MV camera's tags are all hints.
Marvin the Paranoid Android

 

We're looking for some kind of big calculator. Port 6 on switch Eddie links up to it.
Deep Thought

 

We're looking for the artist of a song. You'll need to use the snapshot API to know which one. Make a
snapshot of the Total Perspective Vortex camera. I shone some light at the exact timestamp of 18/08/2020
16:12:00 Belgian time (Note that Belgian time is at +02:00 at the moment). If your timestamp is correct,
you'll see the title of a song that's also the name of a spaceship, if not you'll see only darkness.
Neil Young (Heart of Gold)

 

Who is informed when someone violates their geofencing policy?
arthur.dent@human.from.earth

 

By now the central theme of the questions should be clear.
But the next question isn’t: oaniemmsbuhpvzkbzptgsilyzskjoticnmk?
It's Vigenère encoded, the keyword for deciphering it can be found in a pointless MX L3 firewall rule.
Douglas Adams

220px-Douglas_adams_portrait_cropped

 

Comes here often

1- Broadcasting House, Peel Wing, Portland Pl, London W1A 1AA, United Kingdom
2- Towel Day
3- Phishing Attack
4- Don't Panic
5- What is the answer to the ultimate question of life the universe and everything?
6- Marvin the Martian
7- Deep Thought
8- Neil Young
9- arthur.dent@human.from.earth
10- Douglas Adams

Conversationalist

Here are my answers.  I am not sure on some of them.  This is fun!!!

 

1. Broadcasting House, Peel Wing, Portland Pl, London W1A 1AA, United Kingdom

 

2. Tuesday, May 25, Towel Day 2021

 

3. Phishing - So long, and thanks for all the phishing.

 

4. Don't Panic

 

5. 42 Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

 

6. Professor Snape,
Goblin Bank Teller, Professor Flitwick, Voice of Griphook

 

7. Deep Thought Uplink

 

8. Neil Young

 

9. arthur.dent@human.from.earth

 

10. Douglas Adams

New here

No experience whatsoever with API's and Postman until this came in today so thank you for letting me use this competition to get one of my "need to learn" list items ticked off!

 

1. BBC
2. 25th May
3. Phishing
4. Don't Panic
5. 42
6. Marvin
7. Deep Thought
8. Neil Young
9. arthur.dent@human.from.earth
10. Douglas Adams

 

Here to help

1. We are looking for a radio station. Switch Eddie's geographic location (address).
Broadcasting House, Peel Wing, Portland Pl, London W1A 1AA, United Kingdom

 

2. We are looking for a date. Have a look at VLAN 1525 in the MX. It'll provide hints.
25 May 2001 (Towel Day)

 

3. We're looking for a well known attack used by hackers. A hint can be found in the raspberrypi client's notes.
phishing

 

4. We're looking for a motto, and even a rule. Don't ... SSID 15's name says the rest.
Don't Panic

 

5. This question can be found on the splash page settings for the same SSID.
What is the answer to the ultimate question of life the universe and everything

 

6. We're looking for one of my favorite characters. The Total Perspective Vortex MV camera's tags are all hints.
looney tunes martian

 

7. We're looking for some kind of big calculator. Port 6 on switch Eddie links up to it.
Deep Thought

 

8. We're looking for the artist of a song. You'll need to use the snapshot API to know which one. Make a snapshot of the Total Perspective Vortex camera. I shone some light at the exact timestamp of 18/08/2020 16:12:00 Belgian time (Note that Belgian time is at +02:00 at the moment). If your timestamp is correct, you'll see the title of a song that's also the name of a spaceship, if not you'll see only darkness.
Neil Young (song: Heart of Gold)

 

9. Who is informed when someone violates their geofencing policy?
arthur.dent@human.from.earth

 

10. By now the central theme of the questions should be clear. But the next question isn’t: oaniemmsbuhpvzkbzptgsilyzskjoticnmk? It's Vigenère encoded, the keyword for deciphering it can be found in a pointless MX L3 firewall rule.
name the author of this great radio series

Here to help
1
Address: Broadcasting House, Peel Wing, Portland Pl, London W1A 1AA, United Kingdom
 
2
Towel Day 25/5
 
3
Phishing
 
4
Don't Panic
 
5
42
 
6
Marvin the Martian
 
7
Deep Thought
 
8
Heart of Gold
 
9
arthur.dent@human.from.earth
 
10
Douglas Adams
Community Manager

Note: your submissions here will not be public until after the contest has ended. We have made a few of the comments visible since they weren’t actually submissions, just encouraging comments :).

Meraki Employee
Meraki Employee
New here

Great challenge, nice idea! A lot of fun, thanx!

 

Here are my answers:

 

1) BBC (Broadcasting House, Peel Wing, Portland Pl, London W1A 1AA, United Kingdom)
2) May 25
3) Phishing
4) Don’t Panic!
5) 42
6) Marvin the Martian
7) Deep Thought
😎 Neil Young
9) Arthur Dent (arthur.dent@human.from.earth)
10) Eddie Nestor

 

Best regards

Thomas

New here
Answers:
1. Broadcasting House
2. 25th May
3. Phishing
4: Don't Panic
5: What.is.the.answer.to.the.ultimate.question.of.life.the.universe.and.everything
6: Marvin the Martian
7: Deep Thought
8: Neil young
9: arthur.dent@human.from.earth
10: name the author of this great radio series?
Comes here often

1. Broadcasting House
2. 25th May
3. Phishing
4: Don't Panic
5: What is the answer to the ultimate question of life the universe and everything
6: Marvin the Martian
7: Deep Thought
8: Neil young
9: arthur.dent@human.from.earth
10: name the author of this great radio series?

Comes here often

Awesome idea!

 

1. Broadcasting House, Peel Wing, Portland Pl, London W1A 1AA, United Kingdom ("lat": 51.5189, "lng": -0.14308)

2. Towel Day (25 May)

3. phishing

4. Don't Panic

5. 42 (What.is.the.answer.to.the.ultimate.question.of.life.the.universe.and.everything)

6. Marvin

7. Deep Thought Uplink

8. Heart of Gold

9. arthur.dent@human.from.earth

10. Douglas Adams (nametheauthorofthisgreatradioseries)

Conversationalist

1. Broadcasting House, Peel Wing, Portland Pl, London W1A 1AA, United Kingdom

2. May 25 - Towel Day 2021

3. Phishing

4. Don't Panic

5. What is the answer to the ultimate question of life the universe and everything

6. Marvin the Martian

7. Deep Thought

8. Neil Young

9. arthur.dent@human.from.earth

10. Douglas Adams

New here

 great idea @BrechtSchamp

Conversationalist

This was fun! Thanks!

 

 

  1. We are looking for a radio station. Switch Eddie's geographic location (address).
    • BBC Radio
  2. We are looking for a date. Have a look at VLAN 1525 in the MX. It'll provide hints.
    • May 25. Don’t forget your towel!
  3. We're looking for a well known attack used by hackers. A hint can be found in the raspberrypi client's notes.
    • Phishing
  4. We're looking for a motto, and even a rule. Don't ... SSID 15's name says the rest.
    • Don’t Panic
  5. This question can be found on the splash page settings for the same SSID.
    • 42
  6. We're looking for one of my favorite characters. The Total Perspective Vortex MV camera's tags are all hints.
    • Marvin the Paranoid Android (RIP Alan)
  7. We're looking for some kind of big calculator. Port 6 on switch Eddie links up to it.
    • Deep Thought
  8. We're looking for the artist of a song. You'll need to use the snapshot API to know which one. Make a snapshot of the Total Perspective Vortex camera. I shone some light at the exact timestamp of 18/08/2020 16:12:00 Belgian time (Note that Belgian time is at +02:00 at the moment). If your timestamp is correct, you'll see the title of a song that's also the name of a spaceship, if not you'll see only darkness.
    • Neil Young
  9. Who is informed when someone violates their geofencing policy?
    • arthur.dent@human.from.earth
  10. By now the central theme of the questions should be clear. But the next question isn’t: oaniemmsbuhpvzkbzptgsilyzskjoticnmk? It's Vigenère encoded, the keyword for deciphering it can be found in a pointless MX L3 firewall rule.
    • Douglas Adams
Here to help

1. BBC
2. May 25th
3. Phishing
4. Don't Panic
5. 42
6. Marvin the Paranoid Android
7. Deep Thought
8. Heart of Gold
9. arthur.dent@human.from.earth
10. Douglas Adams