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thwack Monthly Mission - June 2015

Community Manager

Strap-on your helmet, secure your x-ray goggles, and set phasers to stun. It's time for a scavenger hunt! This month's thwack mission will take you to dangerous and exotic places as you search for security tips, issues, and more. As always, be prepared for any threats along your path. Collect clues, answer questions, and win awesome prizes! You are a go for launch in 3, 2, 1....

June Mission

Your task this month is to complete the Security Scavenger Hunt! Questions this month will focus on SolarWinds SIEM solution, Log & Event Manager. Throughout the month questions will open each day.  We are giving away prizes at the end of each week for those of you who correctly answer all 5 questions within that week.  If you can correctly answer all 20 questions before June 28th @ 11:59PM CDT, you'll be entered to win an Arcade Classics Cocktail Arcade Machine! Follow the schedule below for open/close times and prize details.

Mission Rules

  1. A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on June 1st.
  2. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until June 28th @ 11:59pm CST. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.
  3. Questions are a mixture of multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank.
    • Multiple choice - Only your first attempt counts. Double check your answers!
    • Fill-in-the-blank - If you answer correctly, the page will take you on to enter your thwack username. If you answer incorrectly, the page will simply refresh for you to try again.
  4. Answer all 5 questions within a given week and be entered to win a that week's prize. For example, if you correctly answer all 5 questions during week 1 (June 1 - 5) then your name will be in the week 1 drawing.
  5. Answer all 20 questions over the course of the month to be entered to win the grand prize: an Arcade Classics Cocktail Arcade Machine!
    • Drawing will be held on June 29th.
  6. 150 points are being awarded for each correctly answered question.  There are 20 questions which means you can earn a maximum of 3,000 points for this mission.
    • Points/badges will be added to profiles once the mission has closed.


All questions open at 12AM CDT on their respective day.

Once a question has opened it will remain open until June 28th @ 11:59PM CDT.

Weekly Prizes






Week 1: Danalock Bluetooth Smartlock

Complete questions 1-5 by June 7 to be entered to win

June 1 - Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Week 2: Recover It USB

Complete questions 6-10 by June 14 to be entered to win

June 8 - Question 6

Question 7

Question 8

Question 9

Question 10

Week 3: USB Computer Microscope

Complete questions 11-15 by June 21 to be entered to win

June 15 - Question 11

Question 12

Question 13

Question 14

Question 15

Week 4: Dropcam

Complete questions 16-20 by June 28 to be entered to win

June 22 - Question 16

Question 17

Question 18

Question 19

Question 20

Correctly answer all 20 questions before June 28th @ 11:50PM CDT and you name will be entered to win the grand prize!

Arcade Classics Cocktail Arcade Machine


Coolness.  I had a college roommate with this arcade console (space invaders)....

Level 12

MaYbE  I will win the Arcade Classic Cocktail

Let the games begin. 

Level 8

One down, 19 more to go.

Level 9

Anyone else unable to access the questions this morning?

Level 9

Must just be IE.  I can access them in Chrome...

Level 16

Hey gmm1tb‌,

Did you finally manage to answer the question? I tried IE as well and works just fine.

Level 9

Yes.  Even chrome was acting a little weird but after multiple attempts, I was able to answer them.  Thanks for checking.

Level 11

2 down... 18 more to go..  2700 points to achieve 🙂


I have issues with todays question and hint. Maria, I will message you so I do not give anything away.

Level 20

Ok... got caught up... I missed out on some of last months as it's just been so busy at work lately.  So much is going on I don't know what I'd do without my Orion Servers o.O!

Level 20

Idk what the issue could be with todays question... it's pretty black and white???

Level 16

ecklerwr1‌, no issue today.

Level 13

My luck is that this prize is the one I would win, since I have no place to put it.

Level 20

Oh... I'd find a place!

Level 7

Cool stuff!

Level 10

Not getting far with todays hint, stuck 'connecting to demo server'. Might be take 1 in 3 punt time..

Level 9

Same here

Level 14

Same here too.

Level 16

spacemannantwichedttl‌ you cannot connect at all or it's just very slow?

Level 14

It just sits there with the bar at the bottom spinning --


Level 13

Ditto here too unfortunately.

Using same computer, browser settings.

Level 16

Weird, for me it's working. I'll get to the bottom of this, have no worries.

Level 16

Hey guys,

Would you mind giving it another try? Se cannot really reproduce this.


Level 9

I confirm it's still happening

Level 16

Sent you a DM.

Level 14

Still happening for me too.

Level 16

You get the same "Connecting to Demo server" screen, right?

Are you using a PC/tablet/phone?

Also, what browser are you using?

Level 7

still happening.  I am using Windows 7 Computer and IE 11.

Level 14

Windows7 x64

I've tried Chrome 43.0.2357.81 m, Firefox 38.0.5 and IE11.

Level 9

I've also tried it again several times, just keeps coming up with the connecting to demo server screen. Also using IE 11.

Level 10

Snap, same OS and browsers. Still the same issue.

Took the blind gamble 1 in 3 odds on the multi choice and got the question right!!!

Level 7

I was able to get it working on Firefox 31.0

Level 9

Same. Got it right, but had to read up about LEM as this is one application we haven't used yet. I guess that's a good thing as I've had to go and read all about it to get the answer

Level 7

I got the question right but it is not giving me the points or (when I go back to the question page) showing that I already answered it.  Anyone else same issue?

Level 16

coone‌, points are applied once the mission has closed.


points get added after the entire mission is completed..usually about a week later.

Level 16

Guys, here's a little KB article for you: SolarWinds Knowledge Base :: LEM Console Takes a While to Log in in IE 11

Would you mind trying again after following those steps? I really don't want you to gamble on this mission .

Level 12

Firefox worked for me as well. IE did not work, did not try Chrome.

Level 8

Same problem here...

Tried Firefox, Chrome, and IE,  after some time get RSL Error 2 or 12; Error #2032! ..great job on the demo rslerror.png

Level 9

I've tried in Chrome and IE on two different PCs, and get the same thing.  I am able to access my LEM console with no problems through both browsers.

Level 10

I got in fine with Chrome, but maybe I am just lucky.  Never used LEM before, so I had to work at finding the answer though.  I did eventually...:)

Level 14

What version of Flash does this require? I have the most recent so I wonder if that's an issue.

Also, does this not play well with enterprise web proxy?

Product Manager
Product Manager

Hey everyone, a few things with the LEM demo questions:

  1. It does take 30 seconds to 2 minutes to load. You'll see it go from a small loading screen to a login screen, each step isn't super speedy.
  2. If you're using IE11, you'll want to try in compatibility mode, or increase your patience several fold -
  3. If you have a LEM evaluation or test system that's an evaluation license, the answers can also be found in the "Data Simulator" data if you hit "generate" on some of the different samples.
  4. The RSL error is one we haven't pinned down very well, but usually a browser restart and flushing your cache can fix it (or selectively deleting objects related to the demo).
  5. There are some occasions/environments where people haven't been able to log in - you'll load everything, and get to the "logging in...." screen, and no matter how long you wait, nothing happens. Or, after you log in, you don't see events. There seems to be something about different environments with proxy servers and NAT that causes this issue, due to the way the demo connection works, but I'm not sure of any good workarounds.
  6. Very high latency networks will also cause issues, it seems like something in the communication just cries tears of sadness. It might just take a really long time to log in, but if it takes too long one end or the other seems to give up.
  7. Flash version shouldn't matter much.
Level 14

I've waited 10+ minutes with no success. I've even tried using  a laptop connected to a completely different (unproxied / unfiltered) network and I get the same response. Not sure how to answer the question without being able to perform the actions...

Level 13

This is strange... I got in just fine on Chrome.

Product Manager
Product Manager

You have a LEM deployment internally, right? Connecting to that on the same system works fine?

Can you tell me which demo system you were connecting to (up at the top next to "download a free trial" you'll see a:a, a:b, or a:c)?

We are discussing internally how to help those of you who just can't connect for some reason, but this troubleshooting will help the demo team, too, so we appreciate your patience.

Level 20

Untitled.pngI get the infinite scrolling connecting to demo server... I'm on Chrome right now.  I'll try IE.... IE 8 same thing.  Also I have dual 200Mbps links to the internet and I know it's not latency for me.  Put the DPS probe on it!  Same with FF they are all stuck at scrolling Connecting to demo server...

Maybe it need the DPS probe o.O!

Mine says a:c

Level 14

Yes, internal LEM is no problem. Demo system at the moment shows a:c

Level 8

I seem to be loading the LEM demo console just fine, but I don't see any screen that lists malware, nor a machine named "brendan".  Am I missing something?