Hacking competition returns on August 3

|     Danial Norjidi     |

THE annual computer hacking competition, ‘Cyber Battle: Capture the Flag’ will return on August 3, in addition to a series of talks.

This is according to a press release, which noted that the competition, now in its fifth year, is organised by local IT security firm ITPSS Sdn Bhd with the aim of inspiring youth to pursue careers in IT and cybersecurity.

Competitors will be presented with challenges in various categories such as Packet Analysis, Cryptography, Digital Forensics and Exploitation. By solving a challenge, the competitor obtains a secret key known as a ‘flag’.

The flag is then submitted to a dedicated score server and the competitor is awarded points for each verified flag.

An online qualifying round will be held on July 21, with the top 10 teams and five solo participants moving on to the finals on August 3. The final round will be a full day event where the competing hackers will face their opponents in person.

File photo of Cyber Battle: Capture the Flag last year

The top three competitors in the finals will win cash prizes of BND5,000, BND3,500 and BND2,500.

Those who wish to participate can visit www.itpss.com/cyberbattle2019 and register by July 17. Registration is free, and the competition is open to anyone residing in Brunei Darussalam. This year, competitors can join as either a solo participant or a team of two to three members.

During the finals, ITPSS will also host a series of free public presentations by security experts and IT professionals on August 3.

The presentations will cover a range of topics including OSINT, profiling in cybersecurity, ransomware and its mechanics, how exploitable IoT devices can be, and how to develop games from home. It was shared that those who wish to attend are asked to register online at www.itpss.com/cyberbattle2019.