World’s biggest student cybersecurity contest
New York University (NYU) hosted the largest student-run cybersecurity contest in the world. All told, 10,000 students from more than 100 countries competed remotely in the contest. Finalists from the preliminary competitions competed in finalist rounds from November 12-14.
The 13th annual New York University Cyber Security Awareness Week (NYU CSAW) brought together students from high schools through doctoral programs.
Participants came from North America, the Middle East, North Africa, and India. On November 12, finalists that prevailed from remote preliminary rounds of six separate competitions gathered to complete the competition.
The wide-ranging competitions hit on real-world scenarios modeling various computer security problems. Participants attempted to hack into software and also focused on things like chip design and memory corruption.
The battles were not for naught. High school students battled for more than $1 million in scholarships. And the NYU Center for Cyber Security dangled doctoral scholarships and fellowships to student hackers who could prevail in the difficult competitions.
— CSAW (@CSAW_NYUTandon) November 14, 2016
Capture the Flag (CTF)
An event titled Capture the Flag (CTF) headlined the list of six main competitions.
In the CTF competition, 34 teams from an original 2,5000 graduated to finalist slots in Brooklyn, Abu Dhabi, and Kanpur. The final hacking challenges lasted 36 consecutive hours.
A team from a team from Carnegie Mellon took top honors in the CSAW CTF for the eighth consecutive year in Brooklyn.
See the complete list of winners.