A Hungarian team won the American UCSB iCTF international hacking contest

The Hungarian team who won the American UCSB iCTF international hacking contest.

Nearly 90 international teams participated on the world's largest and longest-running educational hacking competition on the 10th April. Four of EIT ICT Labs Master School’s students studying Security and Privacy programme at Eötvös Loránd University were part of the winning team called !SpamAndHex sponsored by CrySyS Lab.

The American UCSB International Capture The Flag (also known as the iCTF) is a distributed, wide-area security exercise, whose goal is to test the security skills of the participants. It is the world's largest and longest-running educational hacking competition that integrate both attack and defence aspects in a live setting. This is a multi-site, multi-team hacking contest in which a number of teams compete independently against each other. This year 88 registered teams participated in the contest which took place on 10 April from 5 am until 2 am next day.

The Laboratory of Cryptography and System Security (CrySyS Lab) committed to carry out internationally recognised, high quality research on security and privacy in computer networks and systems, and to teach network and system security, privacy, and cryptography in the context of university courses, laboratory exercises and semester projects. CrySyS Lab has a significant role in the EIT ICT Labs Master School in Hungary, as the Head of the Lab is an associate professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) and gives lectures to the EIT ICT Labs students studying S&P in Budapest. In the past two years 4 S&P students have spent their internship at CrySys.

The company organises each year a team of university students from Hungary to participate in iCTF. This year they entered for the competition a team called !SpamAndHex which was racing constantly at the forefront, but 10 minutes before the end managed to acquire the first place.

The members of the winning team, namely Máté Horváth former ELTE student, graduated last year in Security and Privacy Technical major and Antal Márton Németh, László Miklós Tolnai and Lilla Anna Lomoschitz, who are currently studying at ELTE within EIT ICT Labs, specialised on Security and Privacy.

The EIT ICT Labs Budapest APG proudly congratulates the winners!

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Competition's website

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