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Marathon-style hacker competition draws 600 teams worldwide
Central News Agency
2014-08-16 07:49 PM
Taipei, Aug. 16 (CNA) Members of the Hacks in Taiwan Conference (HITCON) on Saturday celebrated the group's annual meeting by launching an international hacker competition that has attracted some 600 teams to solve online puzzles. The cloud-based competition is having hackers compete for 48 hours straight to vie for the top prize of NT$22,000 (US$734), according to the HITCON, a group of young Taiwanese hackers. The group, which just finished runner-up in the Capture the Flag (CTF) competition at the 22nd DEF CON, an international convention for hackers in Las Vegas, said it hoped the contest can encourage software security development across borders. Taking part in the event are 110 teams from Taiwan, 88 from the United States, 57 from Japan, 34 from Russia and others from India, South Korea, Vietnam and France, the group said. A highlight of the event, which started at noon, is the participation of a hacker known as "Geohot," who is recognized as a genius in the hacker community, the HITCON said. (By Luo Hsiu-wen and Lee Hsin-Yin)
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