Big in Japan

The Bitdefender CTF Team  – PwnThyBytes – came in fifth in the SECCON international capture the flag competition finals that took place in Tokyo, Japan, improving on the 6th position obtained in the online qualifiers round that pitched 1251 teams from 65 countries against each other.

This is the first final round participation in an international contest for the PwnThyBytes team in its current layout, but the players are no strangers to CTF competitions, with a rich competitional history behind them.

photo courtesy of Security NEXT

The team’s next challenge will be participating in the CODEGATE qualifiers, in hopes of again reaching the finals that will take place in Seoul, Korea.

Meanwhile, they are very busy with preparations to select and train the Romanian CTF team for the European Cybersecurity Challenge finals. Officially, selection will be opened in the following weeks, but if you’re very keen on participating, drop an e-mail to labs@bitdefender.com – it might yield interesting results right now…

About the author



Razvan Stoica is a journalist turned teacher turned publicist and technology evangelist. When Bitdefender isn't paying him to bring complex subjects to wide audiences, he enjoys writing fiction, skiing and biking. Razvan Stoica started off writing for a science monthly and was the chief editor of a science fiction magazine for a short while before moving on to the University of Medicine in Bucharest where he lectured on the English language. Recruited by Bitdefender in 2004 to add zest to the company's online presence, he has fulfilled a bevy of roles within the company since. In his current position, he is primarily responsible for the communications and community-building efforts of the Bitdefender research and technology development arm.