Tag : UCSB


Preparing the Cyber-Cops of Tomorrow: Interview with Giovanni Vigna

Jan 22, 2014 By Sarah Vonnegut | Each year, hundreds of hackers gather in computer labs around the world. Their goal? Like any other hackers, their goal is to manually exploit application and network level flaws in servers across the globe. If it sounds malicious, it’s just because it mimics real world vulnerability exploitations that happen every day. In fact, this specific activity is meant to be educational – and the hackers in question are actually students hacking from their universities.
This year, 123 teams from around the world simultaneously connected to UCSB’s servers from their respective countries for the iCTF ‘Capture the Flag’ competition. The theme was “Nuclear Cyberwar,” and each team was to patch and keep their own nuclear enrichment plant secure before trying to hack other teams’ system by seeking out and exploiting system flaws.
The competition was grown organically out of Vigna’s advanced computer security classes as well as his own experience with CTFs; in fact, his team, Shellfish, won the 2005 DefCon Capture the Flag. As a professor, Vigna would hold a vulnerability analysis contest at semesters’ end, where half the class would act as attacker and the other half defenders. It soon turned into a hacking contest and then became so popular that other professors took notice. The rest is hacking history. The competition has grown from 12 students in the U.S. to 1,300 participants from 40 different countries this year.

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UCSB Hosts International Hacking Contest – Students Lock Horns

Dec 09, 2013 By Sharon Solomon | The UCSB hosted yet another mega-contest featuring the best hacking minds in the world. Pizza, coffee and laptops were found in abundance on the premises last weekend, as young minds from over 40 countries did battle for the bragging rights and a $1,024 bounty.

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