Posted October 29th, 2013
Dos Pueblos High School (DPHS) students make up the first team of high schoolers to advance to the country’s largest cyber-security hacking competition. The team scored the most points out of any high school team in the country in last month’s contest and will advance to the finals.
The DP students were one of 15 teams to make it to the Capture the Flag (CTF) hacking competition after they secured enough points in an online, 72-hour international event against more than 1,000 teams from 82 countries. CTF is part of Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.
The computer hackers will compete with 14 other teams to solve 40 technical security problems and “find flags” to win cash prizes and scholarships. For the all-expense trip, four of the six DP team members will head to Brooklyn next month: seniors Andrew Dutcher, Alex Meiburg, and Charlie Green and sophomore John Grosen. DP seniors Delia Bullock and Sophie Russo were also on the original team and played essential roles to earn DP’s spot in the finals, but they will not accompany the rest of the gang to New York.