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At the beginning of October, ITMO University hosted SPb School CTF-2018, an information security competition for school students. ITMO’s school team ITMO.KIDS consisting of 11th-grader Artem Zaglubotsky and seventh-grader Yuri Grishin took first place. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, the winners share their stories of how they got into information security and started taking part in programming competitions.
In late February, ITMO University became one of the 30 sites of the QCTF Starter competition. Each year, more than 300 teams from all around Russia take part in the event; this time, 43 teams competed at ITMO only. As result, one of ITMO student teams won the competition and took the first place in the national ranking. Lubov Yurtaeva, the team’s captain, speaks about the competition’s procedure and tasks, and training in hacking offered by ITMO’s SPbCTF team.
From September 25 to October 6, a group of world-class experts in quantum hacking from the University of Waterloo (Canada), under the guidance of prof. Vadim Makarov, analyzed the security of the quantum network created by ITMO University. As result of a joint study, the researchers tested the system for potential vulnerabilities and offered ways to patch them, which is crucial to the practical introduction of the technology. Read our article to learn more about the work conducted at ITMO University, as well as the key prospects for the development of quantum communications in the nearest five years.
On Tuesday, November 7, the registration period for the National student competition “I’m a Professional” begins.This is the first event of such kind in Russia that’s been organized jointly by representatives of business, industry, and universities. The competition is conducted in 27 categories, three of which - computer and information sciences, informational cybersecurity and photonics - are supervised by ITMO University. The winners have the opportunity to enroll in Master’s and PhD programs of Russian universities on a tuition-free basis. We’ve decided to ask some of the recurring winners of professional competitions about creating one’s unique educational path and the opportunities that are not to be missed during one’s university years. Today, we publish Artur Khanov’s story - he is one of the first participants of the CTF movement in Russia, a CEO and Skolkovo resident since his PhD years who’s now successfully combining teaching and working on his personal projects.
Once every four years, a hacker camp is set up in the Netherlands, open to all visitors. This year, hacking enthusiasts from all over the world flocked to a location near Amsterdam. In search of new experiences Oleg Zaytsev, a Master’s student at ITMO University’s High-Performance Computations Department, went to one of the world’s biggest hacking conventions. We talked to him about what makes hacking parties so special and the things that make today’s “cyber-pirates” worried or happy.
Ilya Glebov is 17 years old. This spring he graduated from one of the best school in Monchegorsk – a small town in Murmansk Oblast with a population of over 40 thousand people. While preparing for his Unified State Exam (USE) in computer science, he stumbled upon an article about a vulnerability in Facebook’s security system that made possible the hacking of nearly all of the accounts on the social network. He decided to try the same “trick”, as Ilya calls it, with VK. Eventually he discovered that such a vulnerability was also present in the Russian social network. Ilya was rewarded with two thousand dollars for his discovery and he received one more thousand from ICQ’s bug-bounty program after it was revealed that that platform was, too, susceptible to this method. However, Ilya will only be able to get his money after he turns 18. Right now he is planning to enrol in a university to study information security. He spoke to ITMO.NEWS about how he managed to find a flaw in Russia’s biggest social networks in between studying.
Quantum technologies is one of the main trends of modern IT. Though scientists have yet to develop a full-fledged quantum computer that can solve tasks impossible for silicon ones, quantum cryptography systems are already here. Their main advantage is that it’s impossible to intercept information transferred by such systems (for details, read here). Still, one can't exclude the possibility of successful hacking of a quantum cryptography system. In an interview to our portal, Vadim Makarov, Head of the Quantum Hacking Laboratory of the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo in Canada, shared about who and why attempt to hack such systems.