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CCSC CTF 2019

Posted in Cyprus Cyber Security Challenge (CCSC) Written by Marios Nicolaides (styx00)

Hey everyone! I hope you are all doing well.

For those who are not aware, the registration for the 2nd Cyprus Cyber Security Challenge (CCSC CTF 2019) is open and you can register here.

The competition is organized by the Cyprus Computer Society (CCS) with the aim of finding eligible candidates for the European CyberSecurity Challenge. The goal is to identify a maximum of 10 individuals who will represent Cyprus in Romania in October 2019. Anyone born between 1994 and 2005 is eligible to participate and it’s FREE!

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CCSC Competition Information

The CCSC will take place online and will have a duration of 48 hours. It will be held from Friday 19 April 2019 at 23:59 until Sunday 21 April 2019 at 23:59. You will be able to participate throughout the above period to solve various challenges in the form of a CTF (Capture the Flag). There is plenty of time to do research and learn new stuff so we highly encourage you to participate.

For the uninitiated, a CTF is an event where participants solve challenges in order to capture “flags” and get rewarded points. There are two main types of CTFs: Attack and Defense and Jeopardy; the latter gets its name from the famous American TV show. The CCSC CTF 2019 is a Jeopardy-style CTF, meaning all challenges are available at all times and sorted into categories such as Exploitation, Web, Steganography, etc. Also, participants do not interact with one another in order to solve the problems. Each challenge has different points based on its (perceived) level of difficulty.

For more information regarding CCSC, please refer to https://ccsc.org.cy.

Warming up

This past weekend, the 4th edition of Pentest Cyprus took place which featured two CTFs (the regular one and an entry-level one) [separate blog post to follow]. We strongly encourage all parties who are interested in making the Cyprus team for ECSC to attempt the challenges (start with the entry-level ones and work your way up); this will serve two purposes: firstly, as a warmup for the CCSC CTF, and secondly, participation will also be taken into account (in addition to the results of the CCSC CTF) in choosing the team. Just make sure you:

  • Note down your nickname that you use to register in order to attempt the Pentest Cyprus challenges (you can give this to us at a later time) so we can track your progress
  • Make notes / keep copies of any solutions of challenges you solve because chances are we will ask you about them. And we will ask detailed questions since most probably we will have also solved them as well. So if you claim you have solved a particular challenge, be prepared to prove that it was your own work. You have been warned.

We are still waiting for the Pentest Cyprus challenges to be released so stay tuned and check their facebook page regularly.

Happy Hacking

You should register as soon as possible as the deadline for the registration is on Wednesday, 17 April, 2019 at 23:59. We believe you will have fun and you will probably learn a few new things.

In case I haven’t mentioned this, we are the creators of some of the CCSC CTF challenges and we hope you will like them. Having said that, I would like to highlight the following points:

  • DO NOT be afraid of participating! The more you practice the better you get.
  • You don’t have to be an expert to participate, you don’t need degrees, you don’t need to be ready! All you need to have is passion, perserverance and motivation. We all start from somewhere. Even if you don’t manage to win the competition, you will still be a winner because the actual goal of such competitions is to learn, improve, and have fun. So, if you are eligible join the competition and have fun!
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