Last week on December 6th, 2013 we participated in iCTF 2013, hosted by UCSB. The theme of the competition was to build and launch nukes against each other’s teams, which was accomplished in several stages by collecting points. Overall, the competition built upon the ideas developed for iCTF 2012, where a large portion of the infrastructure was hosted in VMs on UCSB’s systems, rather than having each team host their own vulnerable boxes as has been done traditionally. Attacks were developed in python, which were then submitted to UCSB, who launched the attacks on behalf of the teams. Defense was accomplished by patching services, or alternatively by identifying incoming attacks and reporting them to the hosts.
At the end of the day, we placed 16th out 123 teams participating worldwide, and 4th out of 44 US-based teams. This is a large improvement over our past performances. We’re looking forward to next year’s competition and the new challenges it will bring.