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CTF team We_0wn_Y0u secured 3rd place in academic International Capture the Flag (iCTF) contest

Last weekend, the SBA-supported CTF team “We_0wn_Y0u” (W0Y) of the TU Wien again showcased its outstanding capabilities. In the academic International Capture the Flag (iCTF) contest they secured the third place out of 78 participating universities worldwide in an 8-hour race. W0Y started receiving points late in the game but managed to overtake the field leaving only Moscow State University (1st) and Saarbrücken University (2nd) in front.

As a novelty, this year, the iCTF also included a 24-hour non-academic contest where W0Y scored 4th out of 317 teams. The 24 hours meant three times more fun (by time), but also unique challenges regarding rest times and shift operations.

W0Y has a long-standing tradition in participating iCTF since 2005. They managed to be in the top-10 every time and won the competition twice. They comprise outstanding students and teaching staff of the “Internet Security” and “Advanced Internet Security” course-series taught at TU Wien. The courses are a cooperation of the Institute of Computer Aided Automation and the Institute for Software and Interactive Systems.  The lectures are sometimes called hacking-course since they teach the unique offensive perspective to enable students to understand attackers and develop secure software in the future.

The iCTF is a so-called “attack-defense” competition. Every team has the same copy of a server to defend against other teams and simultaneously to attack the competitors. Each server provides about a couple of services. Attack points are awarded for every service that a team manages to overtake from another team by stealing a “flag”. Flags are files containing a secret unique to that team and service. Defense points are awarded for keeping the own services running and secure (i.e., not losing any flags).

Rest of the team after 24h / Photo: Georg Merzdovnik

The team likes to thank the UC Santa Barbara and Arizona State University for organizing the competition.

Hollywood Hacking @ FM4

FM4 is broadcasting parts of the “myth-buster”-session “Hollywood Hacking by SBA Research”, created by Adrian Dabrowski. Every now and then, a movie excerpt is aired to give an amusing rollercoaster ride through the ups and downs of screenwriters imagination on computer security.

James Bond, Independence Day, Jurassic Park and Matrix Reloaded were already part of the series.

Adrian Dabrowski about PNR security

Adrian Dabrowski is – due to the Amadeus-“Hack” – speaking about PNR security in the magazine “Faktum” (2/2017).

Faktum 2/2017

NIS Guideline: Panel Discussion at IRIS 2017 in Salzburg

Stephan Eder invited Edgar Weippl to a panel discussion on the NIS guidelines (IRIS program).

Josef Ressel Center TARGET successful mid-term evaluation

Sebastian Schrittwieser’s Josef Ressel Center for Unified Threat Intelligence on Targeted Attacks (TARGET) successfully passed the mid-term evaluation and SBA Research hopes to join the research project in the next few months.

Congratulation to the excellent presentations!

Guest talk: “Trust Management for securing the IoT networks”

Zeeshan Ali Khan, an ERCIM Postdoc Fellow with the Department of Telematics of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), gave a talk on “Trust Management for securing the IoT networks”. Abstract

acm_chapter_symThis event is hosted by the Vienna ACM SIGSAC Chapter.

SBA Research is hosting an ERCIM Postdoc Fellow

In the context of the ERCIM Research Exchange Programme, SBA Research is hosting between February 23 and March 1, 2017 Dr. Zeeshan Ali Khan.

Zeeshan is an ERCIM Postdoc Fellow with the Department of Telematics of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) working under the supervision of Prof. Peter Herrmann on “Trust based Security Solutions for Resource Constrained IoT Devices”.

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