BRUNEI’S top computer hackers walked away with cash prizes after winning Brunei’s premier hacking competition ‘Cyber Battle: Capture the Flag Competition’ – an annual competition organised by local IT security firm ITPSS Sdn Bhd that marked its fourth rendition this year.
The qualifying round was held on July 29, and the final top 10 competed yesterday in an event at Wafa Hotel, Annajat Complex.
The competition was won by Team \x00 (pronounced Null Byte), walking away with BND3,000 cash prize after scoring 575 points.
The second place was won by Team PalingMuncit, receiving BND2,000 cash prize with a score of 375 points. The third place went to Team Sleuths, walking away with BND1,000 cash prize with a score of 300 points.
Permanent Secretary (Security and Enforcement) at the Prime Minister’s Office Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Muhamad Sazali bin Pengiran Haji Yakob, as the guest of honour, handed over the prizes and certificates.
In an interview, ITPSS Head of Research and Development Ariffin bin Sabli explained that the Cyber Battle competition was also a platform to build people’s interests in the field of cyber-security, as an effort towards capacity building in the country.
He said since the competition was introduced, interests among locals on cyber-security skills have been apparent.
The jeopardy-style ‘Capture the Flag’ was competed through solving challenges in cryptography, exploitation, digital forensics and packet analysis.