How much does it take to hack a mobile network?
Is electronic government secure
in the era of WikiLeaks and Anonymous?

Is SCADA hacking a Hollywood fiction
or the nowadays reality?
Internet banking: is there any chance to win
over the fraudsters?

Cyber-crimes, cyber-espionage, cyber-war: where do we draw a borderline?


Thursday, May 31, 2012

Circuli Vitae. The Future

The Future (Summary of the Previous Episode)

By the middle of the XXIII century the once-powerful humankind regressed into a pitiful pinch of exhausted people. Affected by the genetic disaster and devastating war, the Earth was no longer a home but a battle for survival.

Those who were lucky enough to cover under airproof domes were engaged in ongoing battle for survival against the aggressive environment. They lived off “clean” food produced at several automated farms; and all of the people’s last efforts went to protect the farms.

But one time Lady Luck favored Living People. An archeological expedition found ancient records of Pavlov, PhD. In his records he mentioned the CirculiVitae project. People sent a group to search for the project materials, and it found access keys and even managed to get to the system management terminal. A device developed by a genius who used to lead secret Lab 1337 could break the time substance to bring a pinch of Living People back in time. Suffering huge losses, Living People activated Circuli Vitae and took a step into a grey tunnel of the Time Portal. A step for life.

The Present

The Group of Twelve. That was how the people in the know called Potato Corporation. In fact, it was an association of independent companies. Manufacturers of genetically-modified organisms decided to join forces with only one goal in mind: to promote transgenes. They established a single media holding and the Potato umbrella brand. The brand was meant to cover leading manufacturers of genetically modified organisms from around the world.

Even though they acted as if they were one but they actually had their issues and competed against each other. Potato companies constantly fought for markets, technologies and lead scientists. There were times when the latent competition evolved into outright conflicts. Corporate wars raged in the real world and in the cyberspace.

Former Greenpeace members founded PHD (Potato Haters Division), an extreme group, also known as Solanine or just the Green, undermined the authority of Potato top-managers. Headed by well-known hacker eV-D, the best hackers and soldiers attacked the corporation posting secret data on the Web and destroying genetic farms.

Having returned back to 2048, Living People integrated into the management of the Group of Twelve doing their best to stop the bulky Potato system on its way to the disaster. The disaster that will destroy the entire civilization.


The first day of PHDays saw a ruthless battle between the contestants. In the end of the day, LeetMore (Russia) were leading the competition, followed by 0daysober (Swidzerland). The third place was held by PPP (the USA), the winners of the last year's PHDays CTF.

Once the firs day ended, CTF switched to the night mode: the contestant teams did not leaft the venue  and kept on struggling for the flags.

The CTF area served them as a chillout and even a sleeping room. As the result showed in the morning, such self-denial proved more than justified for some of the contestants. LeetMore and 0daysober kept their leadership. As for the third place, PPP lost it to int3pids (Spain). What are we to expect on the second day? Time will show.