NorthSec 2013

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So, when I’m not busy working on Ubuntu, or on LXC, or on Edubuntu, or … I also spend some of my spare time preparing the upcoming NorthSec 2013 security contest which will be held from Friday the 5th of April to Sunday the 7th of April at ETS in downtown Montreal.

NorthSec can be seen as the successor of HackUS 2010 and HackUS 2011 which both were held where I currently live, in Sherbrooke, QC. This year, we’re moving to Montreal, in the hope of attracting more people, especially from other Canadian provinces and from abroad.

I’m personally mostly involved with the internal infrastructure side of things, building the Ubuntu based infrastructure required to simulate the hundreds of servers and services used for the contest. All of that while making sure everything is rock solid and copes extremely well under pressure (considering what our contestants tend to throw at us).

I also usually get involved with some of the tracks, mostly the networking one, trying to think of really twisted setups ranging from taking over an active IPv6 network to hijacking IPs by messing with a badly configured BGP router (taken from past editions).

Outside of our twisted network challenges, we have quite a few more things to offer, here’s the current list of tracks for this year:

  • Trivias (they seem easy but people are known to have wasted hours on them)
  • Web (sql injection, xss anyone?)
  • Binaries (because we know you love those)
  • Networking (my track of choice)
  • Reverse Java

And if anyone manages to finish everything, don’t worry, we’ll come up with more.
As far as I know, we never had a single team get bored in the past two editions ;)

So if you’re interested in computer security, want to try to prove how good you are at finding security flaws and exploiting them or just want to see what that thing is all about, well you should consider a trip to Montreal in early April.
All the details you need are at: http://www.nsec.io/en

If you are a company interested in helping us with sponsorship, I hear that we’re always looking for more sponsors. So if that’s something you can help with, feel free to contact me directly at: stgraber at nsec dot io

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