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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.

Have a look at dynamics of solving quest tasks:
This time the heat of the struggle exceed all expectations. 627 teams registered to participate in the competition. 418 of them solved at least one task during the quest game and 276 teams solved at least one CTF task.

Dynamics of solving CTF tasks: 
Check out participants' write-ups for details:

http://paul-axe.blogspot.ru/2014/01/phdays-2014-quals-dtvcs-writeup.html?spref=tw
http://www.nops.re/2014/01/28/writeup-standback/
http://blog.dragonsector.pl/
http://nightsite.info/blog/12936-phdays-2014-quals-all-reverse-writeup.html
https://www.navixia.com/company/navixia-news/410-phdays-navixia-1st-swiss-team.html
http://delimitry.blogspot.ru/2014/01/phdays-ctf-quals-2014-yet-another.html
http://akiym.hateblo.jp/entry/2014/01/27/195107

Results
Nine teams will take part in the final CTF contest. The winners of the CTF Power of Community, a female team from Soonchunhyang University, also reached the final. Here is the scoreboard:


Those who have not reached the top ten, don't give up! Organizers of the forum still have a stock of “wild cards”. The number of special invitations is under discussion.

Thanks to everyone who took part in PHDays CTF Quals. See you in Moscow at Positive Hack Days IV!
P. S. We remind you that registration for the forum and Call for Papers are in progress.

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