Cyber security team places fifth at national Capture the Flag competition

TU’s Capture The Flag (CTF) cyber security team, asciioverflow, tied for fifth place at CSAW CTF finals, Nov. 10-12. Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) is the largest student-run cyber-security conference in the United States and is hosted by the New York University Tandon School of Engineering.

cyber security teamTU’s team placed among the top 15 teams at the qualification competition in September, earning them a trip to Brooklyn, New York for the finals. During the finals they faced off against Carnegie Mellon, MIT, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and many other big names. The team finished in a three-way tie for fifth¬†place with MIT and University of California Santa Barbara.

The competition lasted for 48 hours and involved reverse-engineering software, exploiting websites and breaking cryptography. The team included¬†Michael Frohlich, Stephen Moffitt, Michael Kinealy and Tabor Kvasnicka. “[We were] very happy with the results and hope to qualify again to return next year to take first!” Frohlich said.