[ISN] Mid East Hackers Challenge offers cash prizes

From: InfoSec News (alerts@private)
Date: Mon Feb 12 2007 - 23:20:17 PST


February 13, 2007

Hack In The Box (M) Sdn Bhd (HITB) announced that it will be hosting a 
Capture the Flag ('CTF') hacking competition during the upcoming 
HITBSecConf2007 with cash prizes up for grabs.

The 2-day attack-only competition will be held from 4th - 5th April 2007 
at the Sheraton Creek Hotel, Dubai and will run concurrently with a 
technology showcase and dual-track security conference. This will be the 
second CTF competition to be hosted in the Middle East, with the first 
game hosted at HITBSecConf2005 - Bahrain.

Unlike the popular attack-and defense game hosted in its Kuala Lumpur 
conference, the version of the game that will be run in Dubai is an 
attack only version which sees teams of up to three players race against 
each other to attack pre-configured servers and target machines. These 
pre-configured servers mimic real-world applications and installations, 
such as web servers, email servers, and DNS servers. These machines and 
applications contain both publicly known and vulnerabilities that have 
been specifically designed for the game. The teams are free to use 
whatever technical hacking skills that they have to exploit these 

During the two-day event, the team that has collected the most flags 
will be adjudged the winner. The CTF competition and prizes are being 
sponsored by Malaysian-based SCAN Associates Bhd ('SCAN').

SCAN is Malaysia's premier and trusted Information and Communication 
Technology (ICT) security solutions provider. It has the distinction of 
being listed on the Mesdaq market of the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange 
(KLSE) in October 2006. The company has garnered many international 
accolades since its incorporation in September 2000. Among them are the 
2006 Frost and Sullivan Telecoms Award for Managed Security Service 
Provider of the Year; certified ISO 27001 in Information Security 
Management System since 2005; and the award of MasterCard Site Data 
Protection Compliance Certificate in 2005 for its Security Posture 
Assessment module. Its ICT security research findings have also been 
acknowledged by Microsoft Inc and US Homeland Security Agency. SCAN is 
also the developer and operator of the largest Security Operations 
Centre in South East Asia, covering the monitoring and surveillance of 
500 security devices for more than 150 organisations. Currently, the 
company operates from four different countries, i.e. Malaysia, 
Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

"The CTF creates an avenue for hackers to show their skills in an 
environment that is both legal and fun. In addition it allows 
information security practitioners the opportunity to showcase their 
security research capabilities and skills to the rest of the world," 
said Meling Mudin, lead organiser of the CTF competition and a core 
member of the HITB team.

'This is evident by the number of serious independent security 
consultants, security research and development companies, and security 
consulting companies which routinely send their best guys to participate 
in the Malaysian competition', he added.

Commenting on the CTF sponsorship, Mr Aminuddin Baki Esa, Group Chief 
Executive Officer of SCAN, said 'Our participation in HITBSecConf2007 
underlines our commitment to the best brains in network security for the 
event in Dubai. We are proud to be the main sponsor for the Capture the 
Flag competition as well as the sponsor for the top three cash prizes in 
the CTF competition. We hope that the event will help promote greater 
awareness of the field of network security, which is one of our core ICT 
security offerings, to the region'.

HITBSecConf2007 - Dubai will run for a four-day period from the 2nd till 
the 5th of April 2007. The event kicks off with two-days of technical 
training sessions followed by a two-day dual-track security conference, 
which coincides with a technology showcase and the Capture The Flag 

The conference will see over 20 world renowned security researchers and 
features keynote speakers Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer of 
F-Secure Corp and Lance Spitzner, Founder of the Honeynet Project. 
Hypponen will be speaking on 'Online Crime and Crime Online' on Day 1 
while Spitzner will give attendees an inside look at honeypots in a 
paper titled 'Honeypots: Today and Tomorrow' on Day 2.

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