APU tech and innovation students come out on top in i-Hack 2016

DOUBLE CHAMPIONS – Students from Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) Crowned Champions of Both Competitions in i-Hack 2016

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Two student teams from the School of Computing and Technology (SCT) of Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) were crowned champions of the ‘Forensic Challenge’ and ‘Hack and Defense’ competitions at the recently concluded i-Hack 2016, which took place at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) from 23rd April to 24th April 2016.

The i-Hack 2016 was part of UiTM’s annual effort to disseminate and share computer security technology and advancements among students, practitioners, academicians and security experts from higher education learning institutions, related government bodies, security commissioners, IT professionals in security industry and public crowd at large.

The event was also endorsed by several key members of the IT industry, such as the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), F-Secure, Haibro, ITECH Specialist Solutions, Accrete Technologies and Quann Security.

The Forensic Challenge was a 10-hour competition that tested participants’ forensic computing skills through investigations, procedures and final presentation of a forensic report. Meanwhile, the Hack and Defense challenge was an eight-hour score-based challenge in the ‘Capture the Flag’ format, in which participants competed to attain as many ‘flags’ and ‘coins’ as they can, through solving questions related to cyber security and forensics.

Team ‘Sherlock’ attained the championship of the Computer Forensics Challenge of i-Hack 2016. From left: Soo Jia Cheng, Sulaiman Harun, lecturer, Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU), Khor Jia Ler and Chan Xin Wei

Team ‘Sherlock’ attained the championship of the Computer Forensics Challenge of i-Hack 2016. From left: Soo Jia Cheng, Sulaiman Harun, lecturer, Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU), Khor Jia Ler and Chan Xin Wei

Team ‘Sherlock’, comprising Khor Chia Ler, Chan Xin Wei and Soo Jia Cheng, mentored by Sulaiman Harun, attained the championship of the Forensic Challenge whereas team ‘SHA1337’, comprising Nicholas Ian Nonis, Choong Chih Xien and Alexander Sukhamera, mentored by Yusnita Yusof, was crowned champions of the Hack and Defense competition. Both teams walked away with a cash prize of RM7,000.

Team ‘SHA1337’was crowned champions of the Hack and Defense competition. Both teams walked away with a cash prize of RM7,000. From left: Yusnita Yusof, lecturer, Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU), Choong Chih Xien Alexander Sukhamera and Nicholas Ian Nonis.

Team ‘SHA1337’was crowned champions of the Hack and Defense competition. Both teams walked away with a cash prize of RM7,000. From left: Yusnita Yusof, lecturer, Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU), Choong Chih Xien Alexander Sukhamera and Nicholas Ian Nonis.

On the other hand, team ‘Nachos’, comprising Mohamed Siddiq Rahmat, Toong Chee Sheng and Syahmi bin Suleiman, mentored by Nor Azlina Abdul Rahman, also bagged the 2nd Runner Up of the Hack and Defense competition and walked away with a cash prize of RM1,000.

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