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PwC (PricewaterhouseCooper) held their first Inter-University Capture The Flag (CTF) "PwC Hackaday 2017" contest. A total of nine teams joined the contest and each university is allowed two teams. After a six-hour contest, HKUST CTF teams, Firebird1 and Firebird2, won the 2nd place and 5th place, respectively. Firebird teams needed to tackle 15 different jeopardy-style challenges using binary-level reverse engineering and exploitation. They also needed to solve networking, web, and cryptographic problems.
The members of Firebird 1 are Eric Lung, Kris Wong, Harry Lee (All from CSE). Members of Firebird 2 include Christine Lee(Business School), Ken Wong (CSE), Shalin Chan (ISOM)
The second place winners will be awarded internships at PwC Hong Kong and China's Cybersecurity abd Privacy team for up to 3 months. In addition, PwC will sponsor half of the cost of the Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) certification.
Congratulations to the Firebirds and a special thank-you the coaches, CTF team volunteer coaches including Anthony LAI, Zetta KE, Alan HO and Kelvin WONG of the CSE CyberSecurity Lab. The students worked hard to reach their limit and tackle the challenges. What's specially noteworthy is that we have women hackers to in our CTF team. They are both from the business school of HKUST and they gave an outstanding performance.