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Race to Zero - DefCon 16 contest announcement
From: Race to Zero Organizers <contest () racetozero net>
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2008 13:38:28 +0100

Race-to-Zero - Threat Obfuscation Contest

This is a community announcement for the first Race-to-Zero contest.  
Race-To-Zero will be taking place at Defcon 16 and we thought members  
of this list may be interested in competing.

The event involves contestants being given a sample set of viruses,  
malcode and exploits to modify and upload through the contest portal.  
The portal passes the modified samples through a number of antivirus  
engines and determines if the sample is a known threat (ala  
VirusTotal). The first team (or individual) to pass their sample past  
all antivirus engines undetected wins that round. Each round increases  
in complexity as the contest progresses.

In addition to the overall winner, awards will be given for other  
notable achievements, such as:

- Most elegant obfuscation
- Dirtiest hack of an obfuscation
- Comedy value
- Most deserving of beer
- ....

The judging panel is currently being finalised and will be published  
in short order.

If this sounds like your cup of tea then drop us a line at  
[contest[ <At> ]racetozero[ <Dot> ]net] and sign up for the fun.

Further details can be found at:

Contest website: http://www.racetozero.net
DefCon Official Contests Thread: https://forum.defcon.org/forumdisplay.php?f=419
DefCon Official Website: https://www.defcon.org

Suggestions or questions are also very welcome, nothing is set in  
stone quite yet so if you have ideas be sure to let us know :)

Rich & Si

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