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Science & Technology launches contest to discover youth skills in information security

​The Information Security contest on online piracy, organized by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) was launched today in KACST’s headquarters within activities of the 3rd Saudi International Information Technology Conference under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The contest called “Capture the Flag” (CTF) is a multi-site, multi-team hacking contest in which a number of teams compete independently against each other.

The aim of the contest that comprehends more than 100 constant grouped in 27 team, is to discover skills and abilities of young people in the fields of information security, where they competed throughout the whole day for the detection of potential security gaps, knowledge of encrypted data and protection against cyber attacks.

The CTF consists of a series of challenges where participants must reverse engineer, break, hack, decrypt, or do whatever it takes to solve the challenge. The challenges are all arrange with the possibility of being hacked. All challenges are built with intended vulnerabilities.  Challenges usually cover a number of categories including reverse engineering, digital forensics, web exploitation and cryptography and when solved, each team yields a string (called a flag) which is submitted to an online scoring system. The flag format is flag – 40 characters.

The teams will address a series of challenges, including information on certain topics in inaccessible computer systems hidden in multiple ways, and the teams will be asked to access them, using specialized techniques and advanced skills, such as the use of reverse engineering, hacking, decryption, and other techniques

KACST has set cash prizes for the winners of the three first places; f 25 thousand riyals for first place, 15 thousand riyals for the second place, and 10 thousand riyals for the third place. The winners will be honored tomorrow at the opening ceremony of the Conference.