The Air Force Academy cyber competition team placed second of about 80 U.S. and Canadian teams in the Hack.lu Capture the Flag competition held earlier this week.
Carnegie Mellon’s graduate team took first place. Worldwide, in all categories, the academy’s team placed 17th out of 575 teams.
The contest ran for 48 consecutive hours from Oct. 23-25. Cadets were only able to compete during their off-period, and not after Taps, so they missed the beginning and the end of the competition. To score points, cadets solved challenges in cryptography, Web security, reverse engineering and forensics.
The Academy Cyber Team consisted of Cadets 1st Class Frank Adkins, Josh Christman, Nathan Hart, Luke Jones, Michael Winstead; Cadets 2nd Class Sam Kiekhaefer, Chase King, Keane Lucas, Chad Speer Ryan Zacher; and Cadets 3rd Class Eric Bonick, Kevin Cooper, Zach Madison, and Evan Richter. The team is coached by Dr. Martin Carlisle, Director, Academy Center for Cyberspace Research.
The cyber team’s also won the 2012 National Security Agency Cyber Defense Exercise against other service academies and Air Force graduate teams back in April, as well as placing first among 331 U.S. and Canadian undergraduate teams at the New York Polytechnic Cyber Security Awareness Week Capture the Flag competition held Sept. 28-30.