Third place for London Met cyber students at national conference

A team of London Met students won third place in a national cyber hacking competition.

Date: 17 January 2019

London Metropolitan University cyber security students came third in the annual CyberCrime 2018 Student Hacking competition, which is held as part of the Chartered Institute for IT’s annual CyberCrime conference.

CyberCrime is an annual event which brings together industry professionals to discuss the topic of cyber security. The CyberCrime Student Hacking Competition requires students from any university to take part in a series of challenges all related to cyber security. The competition aims to encourage students to think independently and critically with the long term aim of improving their skills in order to feed back into the cyber security industry.

London Met’s student team was made up of Gyorgy Antal, Ivan Pellino, Francesco Iulio, Dennis Varischetti and Nicola Pastres, who all study cyber security courses.

Gyorgy Antal, who studies Digital Forensics and Cyber Security BSc at London Met, said: “As an ambitious group of students, we were looking for opportunities to challenge ourselves. When the CyberCrime 2018 competition was brought to our attention via online researching we immediately applied.

“This was a five-day online competition involving challenges such as password cracking ranging from simple to difficult. When we found the solutions to different tasks we earned flags which then we could exchange for points the fastest, received the most points for that specific challenge. The aim was to earn the most points to win the challenge.”

London Met faced the University of Lancaster, the University of Kent, Cardiff Metropolitan University, the University of Bournemouth and De Montfort University in the 2018 competition. The University of Lancaster and the University of Kent were named as the winner and runner-up respectively.