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, January 30, 2014

Hackers from All Over the World Fought to Partake in PHDays IV CTF

PHDays CTF Quals, an information security competition, took place from 12 p.m. on January 25 to 12 p.m. on January 27 and lasted for the whole 48 hours. Dragon Sector, a Polish team, won the contest, though quite unexpectedly. PPP from US took second place and More Smoked Leet Chicken (Russia) came third again.

The main feature of this Quals (as compared to the previous years' competitions) was a special quest game. Participants should solve it in order to earn points, which could be used to open CTF tasks and then gain final points. The plot of the quest was based on the legend, which was the part of PHDays III CTF. This time teams needed to work shoulder to shoulder with the Golem special division and investigate an incident related to the spreading of the Detcelfer worm.

Monday, January 20, 2014

PHDays CTF Quals Rules

There is not much time left until PHDays IV CTF Quals, and it's time to reveal the rules and game mechanics.

First of all, the new mechanics are all meant to bring some additional fun to CTF. The game is balanced in such a way that you receive most of the points (more than 90%) for solving the tasks. So you still have to be the best hackers to make it to the top.