US Army team wants second chance at hacker contest

After falling short, a team of U.S. Army hackers plan to take a second shot at a hacking contest later this year

A team of U.S. Army hackers will attend the Hack In The Box (HITB) Security Conference 2007 in Kuala Lumpur later this year, seeking redemption after falling short at a hacker competition in Dubai earlier this month, the conference organizer said Tuesday.

The Army Strong team was drawn from members of the 2nd Battalion of the U.S. Army's 1st Information Operations Command (Land). The team was unable to complete the entry-level round, called Level 0, in a capture the flag (CTF) competition held by HITB in Dubai this month, according to Dhillon Andrew Kannabhiran, founder and chief executive officer of Hack In The Box (M) Sdn. Bhd

Unlike other CTF competitions that require teams to attack other servers while defending their own, the HITB contest in Dubai only required teams to attack servers and retrieve files, called flags, that were used to score points. Participants in the contest were also allowed to attack each other, but denial-of-service attacks were banned.

"The Dubai CTF was also a pure reverse engineering challenge with teams having to break six levels of increasing difficulty. Level 0 was a Win32 binary whereas all the other levels were Unix binaries," Kannabhiran said. "Teams would progress to the next level by cracking the current level which reveals a password/credentials needed to access the next challenge."

Army Strong was one of three teams competing in the Dubai contest. The other two teams were Team Eleet, whose members came from the Dubai Police, and NDMTEAM, a group of hackers from Bulgaria.

"The Bulgarians were the only team to successfully bypass level 0. However, they did not manage to reverse any of the other flags, as such there was no winner," Kannabhiran said.

The lack of a winner means the US$6,000 in cash prizes planned for Dubai were not awarded. Instead, the cash prizes will be carried forward to the Kuala Lumpur conference, he said.

Hack In The Box has yet to announce details of the CTF contest planned for the Kuala Lumpur conference, which will be held from September 3 to 6.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Sumner Lemon

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?