Three Egyptians won the first, second & third prizes at Dubai Police Capture the Flag Cyber Security Challenge, Youssef Award at the first prize, Mohamed Hamouda won the second prize & Ahmed Aboul-Ela won the third prize. Furthermore, the youngest participant at the hacking challenge was 14 years old Zeyad Hossam was also Egyptian.
Capture the Flag (CTF), organised by Dubai Police in collaboration with Great Minds Event Management. A total of 50 brilliant minds from 15 countries participated in Capture the Flag challenge. Participants hail from the UAE, The United Kingdom, Belgium, Egypt, Sudan, India, Palestine, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Syria, Nigeria and Greece.
The challenge, took place at Hub Zero, City Walk, provided an opportunity to apply penetration testing and analytical skills in a real-world cybersecurity scenario. The participants were shortlisted from among a total of 220 applicants after passing an online challenge.
During the two-day challenge, Cybersecurity enthusiasts faced pre-designed cyberattacks during this year’s competition. Their capabilities are being tested through identifying anonymous cyber threats, conquering those attacks, which intend to cause harm to individuals, their belongings and penetrate their privacy. “Capture the Flag” cybersecurity challenge aims to promoting awareness among all segments of the society, especially young people about the importance of adopting knowledge and solutions for cyber protection.
Winners of the cybersecurity challenge were announced during the closing ceremony on Saturday at 7pm, in the presence of Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jalaf, Director of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Dubai Police.