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Get your code on in RunCode, the online programming and pwning extravaganza

November 8th, 2018
Want to flex your coding and hacking skills but can't get to a con? RunCode is for you.

Enlarge / Want to flex your coding and hacking skills but can't get to a con? RunCode is for you. (credit: Nate Grigg)

Last year, a group of dedicated volunteers launched Codewarz, an online coding “capture the flag” (CTF) contest originally developed as an on-site competition for colleges and training events. Paid for entirely out of their own pockets, the competition included 24 challenges—challenges that could be taken on in one of 14 supported programming and scripting languages. There were over 1,000 participants in last year’s event, with only one completing all the challenges.

The team behind Codewarz has continued to do on-site events, including a Python workshop held at BSides Augusta this year focused on tackling CTF-style problems. But the open competition is back this weekend—bigger, better, and with a whole new domain. Re-dubbed RunCode, the contest is now backed by a newly-formed nonprofit funded by sponsors.

That sponsorship has made it possible to scale the event up—RunCode will have 180 coding challenges, including security-focused ones. And now there are prizes for top competitors, including an Intel NUC kit, Raspberry Pi and Arduino kits, and a one-year VIP subscription to the Hack The Box penetration testing lab.

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If you’re attending BSidesSF, expect to see a lot of Mr Robot

February 9th, 2017

If you’re going to be in San Francisco, here are some of the cool things to look out for at BSidesSF

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DARPA Challenges Hackers to Create Automated Hacking System — WIN $2 Million

July 14th, 2016

Why we can’t detect all security loopholes and patch them before hackers exploit them?

Because… we know that humans are too slow at finding and fixing security bugs, which is why vulnerabilities like Heartbleed, POODLE and GHOST remained undetected for decades and rendered almost half of the Internet vulnerable to theft by the time patches were rolled out.

Now to solve this hurdle, DARPA

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Hack the Pentagon — US Government Challenges Hackers to Break its Security

March 3rd, 2016

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has the plan to boost their internal and network security by announcing what it calls “the first cyber Bug Bounty Program in the history of the federal government,” officially inviting hackers to take up the challenge.

Dubbed “Hack the Pentagon,” the bug bounty program invites the hackers and security researchers only from the United States to

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United Airlines Hands Out Million-Mile Bug Bounty

July 14th, 2015

Security researcher Jordan Wiens was awarded one million miles after submitting a remote code execution bug to United Airlines’ bug bounty program.

Posted in 1 million miles, Airplane Hacking, bug bounty, capture the flag, Chris Roberts, Jordan Wiens, remote code execution, security gaming, United Airlines bug bounty, Vector 35, vulnerabilities, Web Security | Comments (0)

DARPA’s plan to make software security “the domain of machines”

March 30th, 2015

Bugs like Heartbleed and Shellshock can sit unobserved in critically important software for years. The answer, according to DARPA, is intelligent software that fixes buggy programs while we sleep.

Is it time to welcome our new robot guardians?

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