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t2’17 Challenge winner announced

This year’s free ticket was awarded at LocalTapiola HackDay to the team who discovered the most severe vulnerability. After a full day of analyzing, verifying and rating the reported vulnerabilities, we had a clear winner rising above the competitors.

Congratulations Harri Kuosmanen of team ROT! Well done!

We would also like to thank all the other teams and those participating in the challenge during the summer. The countdown to t2’17 starts now – see you on Thursday! (..or Wednesday night at one of the many pre-event meetups/lobby bar gatherings)

If you have ideas on how to give out free tickets to our 15th anniversary event next year, please let us know!

What ever happened to the t2 challenge?

So, the t2 challenge of 2017.. It’s over for sure, but not in a way we anticipated. Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s get back to the beginning.

The challenge was originally created in 2005 to give out free tickets to people with fantastic technical talents – there were two tracks, speed and elegance. You could either win by being the first one to solve the challenge, or by submitting the finest write-up. The idea was that also those without a personal training budget had a chance of participating the event – in practice, many new talents got a turbo boost for their contacts and career in security.

The format was successful for almost a decade, until the successful completions, attempts and downloads/page views started to drop steadily. The numbers were coming down and there was no denying it – the format of each year’s challenge appeared to have no effect on this.

We tried to compensate by putting more effort into creating the challenges, and promoted them also on Twitter in addition to the traditional channels. Alas, this did not work and we pivoted to a bug bounty this year.

The challenge was open for three full months over the summer, and during that time our own tweets alone reached over 130 000 people. Further promotion was done on our own blog, and mailing list, in addition to Full Disclosure and DailyDave. In the spirit of past challenges, the rules emphasized quality submissions and finesse to allow people to focus on what truly matters. Most importantly, the target had been selected exclusively for the t2 challenge, and had not been previously subjected to a bug bounty.

Despite a major scope increase two weeks before the challenge end date, we received exactly zero submissions. Not one, not two, but Z-to-the-E-to-the-R-to-the-0. Talk about failing..

Our question now to you, esteemed fellow hackers is:

How should we give out the free tickets in the future?

Please tweet or e-mail us, we want to hear your ideas! All feedback on the subject is appreciated.

There is sunshine after the rain – our good friend Leo Niemelä invited t2 to judge the annual LocalTapiola Hack Day. That’s the where the story continues in the following post.

F-Secure sponsors t2’17

As one of our oldest supporters, F-Secure has been sponsoring t2 since 2011. We’re more than delighted to have sponsors who stick around! A cyber security company headquartered in Helsinki, with 25 offices around the world, F-Secure will be celebrating their 30th anniversary next year.

A home to many recognized security experts, F-Secure provides a broad range of cyber security products and services to consumers, corporations and governmental organizations.

In case of any questions, you can reach them through multiple accounts on Twitter, or just apply for a job and find out the answer yourself! F-Secure products are covered by a vulnerability reward program.

Should you want to meet them in person, you can do that at t2’17 in Helsinki, October 26-27.

Cosmic Duke

In this video from t2’15 Artturi Lehtiö peers inside over 7 years of state sponsored malware operations. The presentation covers themes such as less glamorous side of APT research, tools and approaches, in addition to the challenges related to publishing this type of information.

Those into offensive work can view the video as training material for improving tradecraft.

For additional information on the subject, here are the links for the whitepapers mentioned during the talk.

t2’17 schedule complete

Those on Twitter may have noticed yesterday that our schedule is finally complete and available online. Check out the contents and RT if you like what you see!

This year’s program is indeed great! There are many familiar names – almost an alumni meeting of sorts, but also those who are making their t2 debut. Speaking of debuts, our new sponsor Beyond Security will also be present and available to discuss SecuriTeam Secure Disclosure.

The last week of the challenge is starting – there is still time left to claim the free ticket to t2’17. Registrations have continued steadily, and 70% of available tickets have been sold. If you are planning to attend, we recommend booking your seat now.