Posted on 13/12/2016
Left to right: Kiat Han Kok, Giovanni Cherubin, James Patrick-Evans, Roberto Jordaney, and Claudio Rizzo
After the initial qualifiers round that involved teams from 21 UK universities, the Royal Holloway team secured a place amoung the eight finalist and came up third in the Deloitte Capture-the-Flag competition final in November 22, 2016, at the Deloitte offices in London.
The competition featured 17 security-related challenges, and included problems in cryptography, forensics, web application exploitation, binary reverse engineering, and some physical security challenges such as lock picking and hardware hacking. For example, teams had to break the physical security, by lock picking, to retrieve an Arduino device and a microchip; they then needed to mount the microchip and retrieve memory stored inside, and recover files and flag on the microchip; after that, reverse engineering and software patching was required to gain access to the other flags stored inside.
Our team actively organises workshops to train students interested in cyber security challenges, and to increase their cyber security awareness and competency. They also regularly join international competitions to further train their skills.