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You know those gloomy guys in hoodies who sit in complete darkness and can hack into banks, government databases, and major corporations in under a minute? Movie hackers are often impressive, but their lives have very little to do with reality. And yet, some of the real-life cases are more exciting than the most adrenaline-fueled movie. Don’t believe us? Take our quiz and see if you can tell apart the world’s most prolific hackers from their silver-screen counterparts.
Last weekend, the Smart City pavilion of Moscow’s VDNKh hosted the final of the Russian national information security championship. The FaKappa team made up of students of ITMO's Faculty of Secure Information Technologies took second place, won the special nomination, and received prizes from Sberbank.
Paul has come a long way from getting phished to becoming an Information Security student. Nowadays, it is very common to get scammed by fraudsters online. But with proper awareness and education, these traps are easily avoided. We met together with Paul at one of ITMO’s coworking spaces and dove into topics like data privacy, ethical hacking, the dark web, and phishing. Read on to discover the highlights of our conversation.
Every day, we produce plenty of data – writing texts, taking personal pictures, making online payments. All of that information can easily be hacked and stolen. What ways are there to prevent that? We dive into data security with Vlad Roskov, ITMO graduate and captain of a top competitive hacking team.
More than 750 teams from around the world took part in the recent online round of CyBRICS, a large-scale computer security competition for participants from the BRICS countries: Brazil, India, China, South Africa, and Russia. As one of the event’s organizers, ITMO University will receive the winners of the qualifying round when they come to St. Petersburg in September to compete in the final round. The competition is developed and run by members of the SPbCTF community.
At the end of April, the Russian city of Ekaterinburg hosted RuCTF, the biggest competition in the field of cybersecurity in Russia. The event brought together 28 teams from Russia, Germany, Switzerland and other countries, including a total of three teams from ITMO University, one of which took third place.
At the beginning of October, ITMO University hosted SPb School CTF-2018, an information security competition for school students. ITMO’s school team ITMO.KIDS consisting of 11th-grader Artem Zaglubotsky and seventh-grader Yuri Grishin took first place. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, the winners share their stories of how they got into information security and started taking part in programming competitions.
In late February, ITMO University became one of the 30 sites of the QCTF Starter competition. Each year, more than 300 teams from all around Russia take part in the event; this time, 43 teams competed at ITMO only. As result, one of ITMO student teams won the competition and took the first place in the national ranking. Lubov Yurtaeva, the team’s captain, speaks about the competition’s procedure and tasks, and training in hacking offered by ITMO’s SPbCTF team.
From September 25 to October 6, a group of world-class experts in quantum hacking from the University of Waterloo (Canada), under the guidance of prof. Vadim Makarov, analyzed the security of the quantum network created by ITMO University. As result of a joint study, the researchers tested the system for potential vulnerabilities and offered ways to patch them, which is crucial to the practical introduction of the technology. Read our article to learn more about the work conducted at ITMO University, as well as the key prospects for the development of quantum communications in the nearest five years.
On Tuesday, November 7, the registration period for the National student competition “I’m a Professional” begins.This is the first event of such kind in Russia that’s been organized jointly by representatives of business, industry, and universities. The competition is conducted in 27 categories, three of which - computer and information sciences, informational cybersecurity and photonics - are supervised by ITMO University. The winners have the opportunity to enroll in Master’s and PhD programs of Russian universities on a tuition-free basis. We’ve decided to ask some of the recurring winners of professional competitions about creating one’s unique educational path and the opportunities that are not to be missed during one’s university years. Today, we publish Artur Khanov’s story - he is one of the first participants of the CTF movement in Russia, a CEO and Skolkovo resident since his PhD years who’s now successfully combining teaching and working on his personal projects.