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PHDays CTF 2012

I just thought I should update my blog-been a while since I did so. So, I thought I’ll write about my PHdays CTF 2012 experience.

So team bi0s was invited yet again for PHDays CTF. I was elated when I knew I’ll be part of the 5 going there. It was my first trip out of India and I was damn excited. After paying a whopping 6200 or so INR for my visa, I was finally glad I was going out of India(and making it to the clan of only 4 people from my class who went abroad while still an undergraduate).

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Data visualization

Today I’d attended a talk on “Big data and cloud” and found the talk extremely interesting. I would to talk about that but I think that’s worth another thread. Instead I’d like to tell you about Data Visualization, which was briefly mentioned at the end of the talk.
Without the fancy terms and rest, Data Visualization is simply study of data by representing them in a visual form. It’s motivated by the fact that people find visual media such as animations, pictures and videos more interesting than tables :D.
One of my favourite visualizations is the Opte project’s pictorial representation of the Internet today. Here’s one of their visualizations below.
 Data visualization is pretty exciting and it can be much more appealing than pictures. For instance, here’s the video by Hans Rosling(which was shown in the talk today too).
Hans Rosling has delivered a talk at TED. You can view the talk here: http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_shows_the_best_stats_you_ve_ever_seen.html. Hans Rosling has also created a website which lets you view the data visualizations, play with gapminder and choose from a wide variety of data sets. You can view them here: http://www.gapminder.org/.
In fact, my project uses a tool called JIVE, which stands for Java Interactive Visualization Environment! Yes it does perform a wide variety of visualizations-you should check it out sometime too!
I hope it’s been a good intro to Data Visualization-it’s the perfect field for those who love computer science and have an artistic bend. If you’ve more examples to share, kindly leave a comment. Thanks!

InCTF 2012 is here. Registrations have started! Hurry!

Amrita University & TIFAC CORE

proudly present

InCTF ’12

National Level “Capture the Flag” style ethical hacking contest

Not a day passes when several websites are compromised on a daily basis. The latest in the line of compromised websites was http://kernel.org-the home page of the Linux kernel. Several more security incidents go unreported. Security of sensitive data has several implications ranging from national security issues to defense secrets ending up in the wrong hands and much more.

Indian websites offer little or no resistance to such security intrusions. The Computer Emergency Response Team, India(Cert-In) has been tracking de-facements of Indian websites and more. Their report can be viewed here. It’s really sad that with so much talent and skill, Indian websites are compromised frequently and nothing can be done to stand this wave of attacks on them.

InCTF is a Capture the Flag style ethical hacking contest, a strategic war-game designed to mimic the real world security challenges. Software developers in India have little exposure to secure coding practices and the effects of not adopting such practices-one of the main reasons why systems are compromised quite easily these. Following such simple practices can help prevent such incidents.

InCTF ‘12 is from November 2011 to January 2012 and is focused exclusively on the student community. You can participate from your own university and no travel is required. No prior exposure or experience in cyber security needed to participate.
What you need to do?
1. Form a team (max five members from your college)
2. Approach a faculty/mentor and request him/her to mentor your team
3. Register online at http://inctf.in

In addition it’s been decided that teams which finished in the top 10 places on InCTF 2011 qualify directly for the second round-they do not have to participate in the first round. Congratulations to all these teams!

Great Rewards

25K The winning team receives a cash prize of up to Rs. 25000/-
20K The first runner-up team receives a cash prize of up to Rs. 20000/-
15K The second runner-up team receives a cash prize of up to Rs. 15000/-
10K The third runner-up team receives a cash prize of up to Rs. 10000/-
5K The fourth runner-up team receives a cash prize of up to Rs. 5000/- 

See http://inctf.in/prizes for more.

Special Prizes*

  • Teams are awarded prizes based on their performance
  • Deserving teams are well awarded. Exciting prizes to be won.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s simple: Register, Learn, Hack!

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*Cash prizes are subject to their performance and participation in the CTF round. Only teams who connect to the VPN server and successfully gain points in the CTF round are eligible for prizes. In addition, cash prize winners of InCTF ’11 are not eligible for prizes in InCTF ’12.

InCTF 2010 is here

Amrita University & TIFAC CORE in association with VeriSign proudly present InCTF’10, India’s First National Level “Capture the Flag” Style Ethical HACKING contest.

InCTF’10 is from February to March 2010 and is focused exclusively on the student community. You can participate from your own university and no travel is required. No prior exposure or experience in cyber security needed to participate.

Prerequisite to participate is familiarity with any programming language. Working knowledge of Linux is highly desirable but not necessary; learn essential skills as you participate!!!

We help you learn if you get stuck!!

What you need to do?

(a) Form a team (max five members from your college)
(b) Approach a faculty/mentor and request him/her to mentor your team
(c) Register online at http://inctf.amrita.ac.in/register.php
(d) Send a demand draft for and amount of Rs. 150/- per team to the address mentioned.

Hurry! You can participate as soon as your complete the registration.
Exciting prizes to be won:
1st Prize Rs. 40000/-
2nd Prize Rs. 30,000/-
3rd Prize Rs. 20,000/-
Special Prizes

(a) Top 30 teams get CASH prize and Certificates of merit
(b) Faculty mentors of top 5 teams get special prizes
(c) College with the winning team will be awarded a “Champion University” award
(d) Winning teams will be considered to participate in an internship program at VeriSign for the next cycle which starts in July 2010

So, what are you waiting for?
Here is your chance to win bragging rights to be called “India’s No.1 Ethical Hacking Team!!”

It’s simple Register, Learn, Hack!

More details visit us online at Inctf

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PS:
1. Inform all your friends about this opportunity
2. For further details, do feel free to get in touch.