Publication date: November 28, 2012

PHDAYS CTF Quals Hacking Competition Starts

For the attention of information security specialists, system administrators, developers — all those, who is familiar with vulnerabilities detection and is ready to demonstrate their skills in a hacking battle! PHDays CTF Quals (the qualifying stage of the PHDays CTF international information security contest) starts in December.

The contestants will try their hands at security assessment, vulnerabilities detection and exploitation, as well as fulfilling reverse engineering tasks. The conditions of PHDays CTF Quals, as opposed to many other competitions of the kind, are brought as close to real life as possible — all the vulnerabilities are not fictional, but indeed occur on present-day information systems.

The winners of the contest will be those who gain the highest score earlier than others. On the basis of the PHDays CTF Quals results, the strongest teams will be invited to participate in PHDays III CTF.

The registration for the quals starts on the 28th of November and finishes on the 17th of December, 2012. PHDays CTF Quals will take place from 10 a.m. of the 15th of December till 10 a.m. of the 17th of December, 2012 (Moscow time).

The main contest will take place on the 22nd and 23rd of May, 2013 in Moscow during the third international information security forum Positive Hack Days.

How It Was

Among last year's quals participants there are teams from Russia, USA, Japan, Ukrane, Netherlands, France, South Korea, Tunisia, Germany, Switzerland, Kenya, Canada, Peru and Great Britain. The first prize went to the team from Saint-Petersburg.

The final CTF 2012 contest with 300,000 rubles of prize money became a real barnburner of the second PHDays forum, organized by Positive Technologies. During two days and one night non-stop, 12 teams from 10 countries were hacking their rivals' networks and protecting their own resources.

The Leet More team from Russia became the winner, they were awarded with 150,000 rubles, the second prize (100,000 rubles) was taken by 0daysober from Switzerland, and the third prize (50,000 rubles) went to the Spanish team int3pids.

A large analytical study of PHDays CTF 2012 is available here.


You can learn more about PHDays CTF Quals and register by following the link

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