Phdays news

  • February 13, 2014

    Only Two Weeks Left to Apply for PHDays Young School

    Do to popular demand we have decided to extend the application deadline for the information security competition of young scientists.


  • January 30, 2014

    Hackers from All Over the World Competed to Join PHDays IV CTF

    PHDays CTF Quals, an information security competition, took place from 12 p.m. on January 25 to 12 p.m. on January 27, with teams competing for the entire 48 hours.


  • January 20, 2014

    PHDays CTF Quals Rules

    There is not much time left until PHDays IV CTF Quals, and it's time to reveal the rules and game mechanics.


  • December 16, 2013

    Want to Join PHDays IV CTF? Take Part in CTF Quals!

    PHDays IV is coming! Tickets for the forum are available, Call for Papers is in progress, acceptance of reports for the Young School competition has started.


  • December 12, 2013

    Ticket Sales: Positive Hack Days IV

    Tickets for PHDays IV are now available.


  • December 9, 2013

    PHDays IV Young School Begins

    The third PHDays Young School competition of research from emerging scientists in information security will be held at Positive Hack Days IV in 2014.


  • November 26, 2013

    How to Survive in the Cyberspace? Positive Hack Days IV: Searching for a New Formula

    The international forum on practical security Positive Hack Days IV will take place on May 21 and 22, 2014 in the Digital October Center.


  • November 15, 2013

    Choo Choo Pwn Surprised Koreans and Helped Find a Zero-Day Vulnerability

    Experts from among the PHDays organizers brought the railway competition Choo Choo Pwn to Power of Community 2013, a friendly (and the largest in East Asia) information security conference held in Seoul.


  • June 13, 2013

    17 Hackspaces From 7 Countries Joined PHDays III

    To take part in the PHDays forum, local information security specialists gathered together in Abu Dhabi  (United Arab Emirates), Birzeit (Palestine), Cairo (Egypt), Kollam (India)...


  • June 11, 2013

    A Researcher from Tomsk Wins PHDays III Young School

    The results of PHDays III Young School, a national information security competition of young scientists, are known. The program committee considered a great number of applications and selected four best works, the authors of which spoke at PHDays in front of leading IS specialists from all over the world.


  • June 6, 2013

    PHDays III CTF: Levart D’Errorim

    The Positive Hack Days forum, which was held on May 23 and 24, traditionally hosted a CTF contest. During two days, ten teams from six countries beat back attacks and hacked rivals' networks.


  • May 30, 2013

    Positive Hack Days III is Over

    The information security forum PHDays III attracted more than 2,000 participants from Germany, India, Spain, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, USA, Japan, and other countries. They are leading information security experts, hackers, bloggers, pressmen, politicians, and government representatives.


  • May 30, 2013

    ATM Hacked at PHDays III

    Foreign experts in physical information security discovered and demonstrated vulnerabilities in bank equipment at the Positive Hack Days III forum, which was held on May 23 and 24 in Moscow. The contest's ATM contained vulnerabilities, one of which gave access to servicing area without a key. The other vulnerability allowed switching the machine into service mode using a common paper clip.


  • May 28, 2013

    Students Found SCADA Vulnerabilities at PHDays

    Mikhail Elizarov, a first year student of the North-Caucasus Federal University (Nevinnomyssk, Stavropol Territory), and Arseny Levshin, a student from Minsk, won the contest related to SCADA security assessment, which took place as part of the international forum Positive Hack Days III.


  • May 27, 2013

    A Specialist from Perm Wins the Network Infrastructure Security Analysis Contest at PHDays

    The security of network infrastructure is the most important task in business.


  • May 24, 2013

    A Student Hacks a Remote Banking System at PHDays

    The security of banking systems became one of the key topics at Positive Hack Days III. Discussions, contests and hands-on labs on banking systems were held during the forum.


  • May 23, 2013

    The First Day of PHDays Comes to an End

    Positive Hack Days III, an international forum on practical information security, has started today, on May 23 in the WTC Moscow. Among the participants are IS experts, hackers, politicians and representatives of the Internet community from every corner of the world.


  • May 21, 2013

    Positive Hack Days III Online Competitions

    If, for some reason, you will not be able to visit the venue of Positive Hack Days on May 23 and 24, this doesn’t mean you should miss the opportunity to participate. Thanks to the competition program of the forum, anyone will have a chance to compete with contestants from all over the world during exciting online Positive Hack Days III challenges.


  • May 21, 2013

    Theory, Practice, and Minimum Ceremonies — PHDays III Program Published

    The international forum on information security Positive Hack Days III will start in two days! Today you have a possibility to learn the final event program, which consists, as it was last year, of two parts — the conference and hacking contests.


  • May 20, 2013

    The NetHack Qualifying Round Ends

    For a week, from May 7 to 15, hackers from all over the world were engaged in a fierce struggle during the NetHack competition. The participants needed to demonstrate their skills in obtaining control over network infrastructure via exploiting misconfiguration of the equipment.


  • May 15, 2013

    HackQuest is Completed. Best Reverser is Ready to Start

    The epic hacking competition PHDays HackQuest has come to an end. The competition was organized by ONsec_Lab. It lasted from May 1 to 13 and drew 1441 participants, 112 of them solved at least one task.


  • May 14, 2013

    New Reports at PHDays III: From ICS Security, to the Analysis of Java 0-day Exploits

    How to build your own Stuxnet? Are security systems safe? Is it easy to watch the people and why physical security is the basis of any kind of security? Today we would like to bring to you attention some of more than 30 reports of the main technical program of Positive Hack Days III.


  • May 13, 2013

    Author of Hydra, Amap and SuSEFirewall Speaks at PHDays

    Marc "van Hauser" Heuse, a well-known information security researcher, will be one of the key speakers at Positive Hack Days III.


  • May 8, 2013

    NetHack: Win Invitation to PHDays!

    The Positive Hack Days III program promises to be quite rich: reports, hands-on labs of the world leading experts, the CTF hacking battle, the Young School finalists’ presentations and a great number of competitions (held both online and at the venue).


  • April 30, 2013

    PHDays III Contests Program: Hacking ATM and SCADA, Passing the Labyrinth

    The participants of Positive Hack Days, which will be held in Moscow on May 23-24, will hear the reports of well-known experts in information security, partake in hands-on labs, support a CTF team — and this is not all there is to it.


  • April 29, 2013

    PHDays III Young School Finalists are Known

    For the second year in a row, we hold the competition in order to find young and talented specialists in information security who will be able to raise the science level of the country of the famous Russian hackers.


  • April 8, 2013

    Positive Hack Days III — Ticket Sale Has Started

    Ticket sale for the international forum on practical security PHDays III started on Monday, April 8.


  • March 18, 2013

    PHDays III Will Take Place in World Trade Center Moscow

    The third international forum on practical security Positive Hack Days will take place on May 23-24 in the Moscow World Trade Center, one of the main platforms of the country


  • March 4, 2013

    PHDays III Call For Papers: The Latest Intelligence Data on either side of a fence

    The first wave of the Call for Papers has already yielded its results


  • February 28, 2013

    Last Two Weeks to Take Part in PHDays Young School!

    By popular demand, we increase the time frame for young scientists in information security to send in the reports and take part in the contest


  • December 18, 2012

    PHDays CTF Quals — 494 Teams from 30 Countries and PPP Triumph

    This year PHDays CTF Quals, information security competition, has become the most large-scale over its history...


  • December 12, 2012

    Three Days Left Before PHDAYS CTF Quals Starts

    Let us remind you that PHDays CTF Quals starts on the 15th of December and will last for three days. 300 teams from more than 30 different countries of the world have already registered. You still can join!


  • November 28, 2012

    PHDAYS CTF Quals Hacking Competition Starts

    For the attention of information security specialists, system administrators, developers — all those, who is familiar with vulnerabilities detection and is ready to demonstrate their skills in a hacking battle! PHDays CTF Quals (the qualifying stage of the PHDays CTF international information security contest) starts in December.


  • October 29, 2012

    Positive Hack Days III On The Way! Call For Papers Announced

    Please attention! It has been finally decided to hold Positive Hack Days III. Positive Technologies, the permanent organizer of the event, has already started preparing for the third international forum on practical information security.


  • August 20, 2012

    PHDays CTF Over? PHDays CTF Goes On!


  • July 31, 2012

    'Free-of-Charge' Tariff. Hacking Coin-Operated Telephone at PHDays

    Due to the fact that Positive Hack Days is a forum devoted to the issues of practical IT security, the competitive program contained competitions of practical nature (for example, a contest related to searching information hidden in the Internet and hash hacking).


  • July 27, 2012

    How Hackers Hacked the RFID

    The prototype of modern RFID tags is an identification friend or foe (IFF) system developed by the Naval Forces of the USA in 1937. It was used to identify aircrafts as friends or foes during World War II. Nowadays the radio-frequency identification technology is widely used in offices (employees access), trading (tags on goods), transporting (subway entrance), and a lot of other spheres.


  • July 26, 2012

    Smartphone and Tablet Applications – Approved by Positive Technologies

    Positive Technologies starts up a service related to critical mobile applications security analysis. Development of the new area is mainly aimed at effective and comprehensive security evaluation of different systems, the client part of which is more and more frequently used in handheld devices.


  • July 20, 2012

    PHDays 2012: Tunisian version

    The Positive Hack Days Everywhere organized in Tunis on May 30, 2012, was held in the INSAT university and was open mainly for students and professional members of SecuriNets, the first security club in Tunisia, and also for the members of the Tunisian Information Security Professional Associations


  • July 12, 2012

    Big Shot — Hacking People at PHDays

    One of the most interesting, peculiar, and amusing competitions at Positive Hack Days 2012 was Big Shot, which challenged the participants’ skills of social engineering.


  • July 10, 2012

    Forgot Your Password? Hash Hacking at PHDays 2012

    An unknown password is “made” according to the following recipe: extract minced information (hash) from cookies, database dump or another resource and process it with various tools until you get the combination of symbols you need.


  • July 2, 2012

    Once Upon a Time in Vladivostok, or PHDays 2012

    For May 30  and 31, the city of students, which is a common nickname of Vladivostok, turned into one of the biggest regional platforms of Positive Hack Days 2012


  • June 27, 2012

    Show Me the Money! The $natch Competition at PHDays 2012

    How to Protect Money, a section of PHDays 2012 dedicated to banking issues, ended like a good old thriller


  • June 20, 2012

    The Positive Education Program To Help Professors Coach Future Specialists

    Lack of specialists is the major problem that the Russian information security market is facing today.


  • June 20, 2012

    Russians Took All Places on the Medal Stand of HackQuest Online 2012

    Following PHDays 2012, an international forum on practical security issues, fascinating HackQuest Online 2012 came to an end.


  • June 18, 2012

    Positive Hack Days CTF 2012, or Hackmageddon

    In the 19th century, carefree people who used to treat migraine with craniotomy, cough, with heroine, and other illnesses, with mercury, came to believe in the almighty Genetics.


  • June 9, 2012

    Video of Reports from PHDays 2012

    Videos of reports and hands-on-labs taken place at Positive Hack Days 2012 have been released.


  • June 6, 2012

    Positive Hack Days 2012 Is Over: Hackers Cracked the Planet

    Last days of May Moscow was hosting Positive Hack Days 2012, an international security forum for specialists in practical information security organized by Positive Technologies. During the day


  • June 4, 2012

    Apple iPhone, Windows XP, And FreeBSD Hacked at PHDays 2012, Moscow

    At Positive Hack Days 2012, an international forum on practical information security, the participants of the Hack2own competition demonstratively hacked Apple iPhone 4S and a popular operating system Windows XP. In addition, the CTF contestants


  • May 31, 2012

    PHDays 2012: Day One

    More than 1000 guests gathered in technocentre Digital October on the first day of Positive Hack Days international forum on practical security organized by Positive Technologies. The place was bursting at the seams: hackers, government and business representatives, information security experts, scientists, and students socialized, attended reports, studied and taught.


  • May 27, 2012

    Battle for Invitation Cards is Over

    Less than a week is left until the information security forum Positive Hack Days 2012, and until today everybody who wanted to visit this event had a chance to win an invitation card in such contests as Blow Up the Town and Hackers vs. Forensics.


  • May 18, 2012

    Rules of the Hack2Own Competition at PHDays 2012

    There’s little time left before Positive Hack Days 2012. Online competitions, which raffle off invitations to the forum, are in full swing. Yet, the most interesting events will happen at the forum’s platform in the Digital October Center. A legendary competition Hack2Own will be one of the highlights of the program.


  • May 10, 2012

    Our contribution to the cyber security of Japan

    NHK (Japan broadcasting corporation), one of the largest TV companies in the world, has published an explicit article about the Positive Hack Days forum opening on May 30, 2012.


  • April 26, 2012

    PHDays Young School Finalists Decided

    Got tired of waiting for new Brins and Kasperskys in Russia? Frankly speaking, we did. To find out the state of academic IT-security science in Russia, we "put out a bulletin" for young scientists who make researches in this field. The competition started a couple of months before the PHDays. This week, the finalists have been decided.


  • April 25, 2012

    Registration for PHDays starts May 14, at midday

    Please, note: the number of places is limited. Set your reminders for May's second Tuesdays, 12:00 am. The faster you get registered, the higher are your chances to be among the invitees.

    PHDays will give you an opportunity to hack anything you see, chat with Bruce Schneier, and wash down failures with free tequila.

    The registration procedure will be published soon. Stay tuned!

    P.S. A note for late-risers: don't oversleep ;)


  • April 25, 2012

    The Author of John the Ripper Will Speak at PHDays 2012

    In 1996, Alexander Peslyak (aka Solar Designer) created a program called John the Ripper. This cross-platform utility designed to analyze password strength has become one of the top 10 popular software in the field of information security, while the program's site has been visited by 15 million people.


  • April 12, 2012

    New Reports at PHDays 2012

    New speakers who have recently joined PHDays 2012 will speak of SAP hacking, vulnerabilities in smart cards and Ukrainian style cyber security and answer most interesting questions. For example, how many stadiums can be built for the money stolen from Russian remote banking systems? Or what are the real motives that stand behind the cruel war banks started to fight against hackers?


  • March 26, 2012

    "The Georgian" botnet by Canadian Pierre-Marc Bureau. A new master-class for PHDays.

    Spreading over the world recently has been news of the "Georgian" botnet, based on Win32/Georbot, which steals secret documents and also captures audio and video via web-cameras.

    It will be possible to learn how Win32/Georbot works, and how to control or neutralize it, in our forum Positive Hack Days on 30 and 31 May. Pierre-Marc Bureau , the leading engineer of the virus laboratory ESET, an expert on cyberwar and cyberespionage, will hold the world's first "georbot master-class".


  • March 6, 2012

    The first reports on PHDays 2012 have been determined

    Can you trust passwords on your iPhone or iPad?

    Dmitry Skliarov, in his reports "Secure Password Managers" and "Military-Grade Encryption for smartphones: Is it really serious?" presents the results of the analysis of several programs to protect passwords and data for the Apple iOS. Dmitry is Information Security Analyst at ElcomSoft Co. Ltd. and assistant professor of "Information Security" of MSTU Bauman.


  • January 27, 2012

    Bruce Schneier Will Speak at PHDays

    A cryptography guru, world-famous expert in information security Bruce Schneier will come to Moscow for the first time. He will take part in our forum as one of the key speakers.


  • December 14, 2011

    The first participants of PHDays CTF 2012 have been decided!

    The qualifying stage of the international competition for the protection of information, PHDays CTF Quals, has been completed. Over a period of two days, 72 teams from 17 countries fought unremittingly for the right to reach the final and to attend the main competition in May 2012.


  • December 8, 2011

    One day has left before the end of registration of participants for CTF Afterparty

    If you want to take part in CTF Afterparty but you have not joined us yet - hurry up, the registration is closing soon! So far, it is certain that CTF Afterparty will become a battlefield for over 100 people from 18 countries. Most participants come from Russia, the USA and Australia.


  • November 14, 2011

    PHD CTF Quals opens up a team registration for the information security contests

    December, 10-11 will see the PHD CTF Quals contest on information security organized by Russian developer company Positive Technologies. The PHD CTF Quals contest is a qualification competition for the international PHD CTF contest that will take place on May 30-31, 2012.


  • October 26, 2011

    In 2012, Positive Hack Days will grow twice bigger

    Positive Hack Days, which took place in 2011, became a center of undivided attention of IT specialists and drew a wide response of the IT community. The organizers have already been receiving requests for participation in the next PHD, so, to handle all the requests, Positive Hack Days 2012 will grow twice bigger.


  • August 25, 2011

    At Positive Hack Days, specialists of the Positive Research Center presented the results of the DNS Rebinding vulnerability research.

    The results helped finally reveal how the attack can be carried out in practice. The experts demonstrated new vectors for the DNS Rebinding attack, also known as AntiDNS Pinning. The vulnerability implies that a user's browser acts as a mediator between attackers and the target network. It allows attackers to conduct attacks against virtual infrastructures.


  • May 31, 2011

    At PHD, contestants hacked the latest version of the Safari browser for Windows.

    By exploiting a 0-day vulnerability in the Apple's browser, the hackers initialized the Calculator application without user interaction.


  • May 30, 2011

    Results of Positive Hack Days

    The Positive Hack Days forum gathered a variety of representatives of information security industry. By estimations, the forum was visited by more than 500 people, including representatives of government agencies, technical specialists, top managers in the IT industry, independent experts, and hackers.

    Two programs were conducted simultaneously: a business program, which included seminars and master-classes, and a hacking contest program. The organizers sum up the preliminary results.


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