Posted November 22nd, 2013
Some of these students pulled all-nighters, not studying for some big exam, but trying to crack computer codes in the NYU-Poly Cyber Security Awareness Week competition.
"It's really fun," said Amat Cama, a student at Northeastern University. "Right now, I'm pretty tired. I haven't slept all night."
It's a 72-hour contest where 15 teams from around the country have to solve a series of challenges to earn points.
"There are exploitation problems, where there's a computer program running on a remote computer and you have to figure out how to take over that remote computer via the vulnerable program that's running on it," said Ryan Goulden, a student at Carnegie Mellon University.