Tokyo contest: Cyber safety competitors attracts 90 hackers

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A cyber safety competitors started on Saturday in Tokyo, with organisers aiming to indicate off the talents of younger Japanese hackers by testing them in opposition to worldwide rivals.

The ultimate rounds of the Safety Contest 2014, or SECCON, introduced collectively 90 individuals in 24 groups from seven nations and areas: China, Japan, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan and the USA.

The winners of the Tokyo competitors will advance to the distinguished Def Con CTF (Seize the Flag) competitors, slated for later this yr, organisers stated.

SECCON was designed to permit younger Japanese know-how engineers to indicate off their abilities on the world stage, whereas additionally encouraging extra to get into the sector of cyber safety. Groups compete for factors by hacking six digital servers to find specific key phrases, and can even intervene to cease their rivals’ cyberattacks.

“There’s a want for a discussion board the place fledgling, younger… hackers can develop and achieve understanding of their households, faculties and the surface world,” stated Yoshinori Takesako, the pinnacle of the SECCON organising committee.

“That is vital so as to maintain them away from being pulled into the underground world,” he stated in a press release to AFP.

The Japan-based occasion has drawn a complete of 4,186 individuals from 58 nations by varied qualifying rounds.

Takesako stated the organisers, supported by authorities companies, tech companies, and students; additionally wish to change the media picture that Japan lags different nations within the cyber safety discipline.

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