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PHDays VII: hacking competitions designed to keep things real
This year we've prepared a number of contests—some of them old hat, others entirely new, but all realistic—for participants' hacking pleasure. More
PHDays online contests: let there be CTF
In early May, as a part of preparation for the forum, CTF, HackQuest (from Wallarm), and Competitive Intelligence contests will be held. Presents and free invitations to PHDays are at stake. More
Positive Hack Days is an international forum on applied digital security held each spring in Moscow. Organized by Positive Technologies, this two-day conference brings together the world's best security researchers and hackers, along with young scientists, journalists, and leading figures from government and business.
The guiding principles of PHDays are to minimize hype and maximize actionable knowledge in presentations and seminars. “Suits” and “nerds” can engage in dialog, while unpredictable competitions come alive thanks to inventiveness and ingenuity.
PHDays VI in 2016 drew a record-setting 4,200 participants from all over the world. Some of them included:
- Security superstars such as Andrey Masalovich, Alfonso de Gregorio, John Bambenek, and Jan Neutze, who spoke about the preparations that go into digital attacks, the market for vulnerabilities, attack attribution, and defining the “rules of war” for international cyberconflicts
- Speakers from the telecom and finance industries, as well as SIEM developers, who contributed to roundtables on how to minimize information security risks
- Presenters at hands-on labs, where participants could get their hands dirty intercepting mobile traffic (USSD, SMS, GPRS) and cloning subscribers, practice attacks on web applications, exploit vulnerabilities in electronic access control systems, and learn how to prevent DDoS attacks
- Teams of hackers, defenders, and security operations center (SOC) specialists, who showed over two days in The Standoff just how many threats lurk in the systems on which modern cities depend: banks, telecom operators, power companies, and smart home systems
- Writers, artists, inventors, and visionaries. The Hacked Future short-story contest was a cultural touchstone at last year's PHDays, offering literary context for a digital world. Works by artist Alexey Andreev were showcased as well.
As the build-up to PHDays VII continues, we encourage you to catch video of last year's talks and regularly check our news page with contest information and all the latest about conference preparations.