Cyber Detectives

Step into the role of a cyber sleuth in Cyber Detectives, the nation’s first interactive exhibit designed to help visitors learn about internet safety.

We apologize for the inconvenience, Cyber Detectives is temporarily closed.

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Training Zone

Explore techniques for decoding secret messages.

Use servers, routers and firewalls to build a network — and a high score.

Social Engineering
Learn to identify phony websites and phishing scams.

Hashing and Cracking
Is your password easy to crack? Hash it and find out!

Cyber Forensics
Isolate suspicious data and take measures to protect the network.

Creative Coding
Program a list of instructions to get a ball through a maze.

Use multiple techniques to encrypt and decrypt secret messages.


Cyber Detectives is located on the Lower Level next to The Tech Studio and Solve for Earth.

Why is internet safety so important? Because the internet evolves constantly. So does crime associated with online activity and data security. We are each responsible for protecting our own digital lives, and Cyber Detectives will empower you to do just that.

Hone your skills in our training zone. Then enter our mission zone to test your knowledge as a cyber security professional in a full-fledged game. This exhibit is recommended for ages 12 and up.

And be sure to check out our innovative, standards-based lesson plans tied to each of these exhibits.

Mission Zone (Open weekends and holidays)

Test your skills in the “offices” of Acme Recycling, where you’ll step into the role of a cyber security professional.

Malware attacks and failing networks, data theft and financial breaches: Mayhem and chaos ensue as Acme’s network and personnel face a variety of cyber assaults. Four interactive missions will put your new skills to the test.

Cyber Espionage
A criminal has hacked into an employee’s computer. Crack her password so you can gain access, then identify and remove the malware while gathering clues about the culprit.

Cyber Sabotage
Acme’s recycling robots are out of control! Investigate network traffic and foil a spoofing attack, then create a blocking rule on Acme’s firewall that will reestablish control of the robots.

Social Engineering 
Top-secret Acme data has been leaked (and an employee’s social media site isn’t helping). Establish a remote connection to help fend off a Trojan horse virus and a spear-phishing attack.

Financial Breach
Acme’s banking credentials have been stolen, thanks to an employee who fell victim to social engineering and was careless with a photo. Use clues to find the login credentials, crack the criminal’s password and take back control.