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Windows 7: Want to try to hack a government system and get a prize if successful?

08 Aug 2013   #1

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Want to try to hack a government system and get a prize if successful?

The Matriculation Examination Board of Finland, a part of the Department of Education / Finnish National Board of Education is the organization responsible for the National Matriculation Examination in Finland. The examination is roughly equivalent of the A-levels in UK or high school graduation examination in the US.

Starting from 2016 the examination will be done on workstation PCs which have a specially built operating system controlling that students will not and cannot connect and use any additional devices or services or make connections to any outside services.

The Matriculation Examination Board has now launched an open contest named as Hackabi. Its aim is to find any vulnerabilities in the system which could help students to cheat. Quote from the competition rules:
Contestants are given the task of searching for vulnerabilities within the exam operating system, which can be used to effect one or more of the following:
  • User gains access to previously stored materials within the exam operating system (e.g. hard disks, USB mass storage devices or SIM cards).
  • User establishes connection with another peer within or outside the local network.
  • User gains access to services other than (HTTPS, 443/tcp), i.e. he/she can circumvent a firewall and successfully send or receive data to or from other systems.
  • User helps, hinders or prevents a candidate or candidates in their execution of an exam task.
At least three best competition entries, chosen by the jury, are awarded a smartphone or a tablet device valued at approximately 1.000 euros.

Winners are announced on 3rd October 2013 on the website of The Matriculation Examination Board.

Interested? Check the official contest website (in English): hackabi:kilpailu_en [Digabi]

Rules: hackabi:saannot_en [Digabi]

Good luck!


P.S.: Sorry about the overkill title of this thread :)
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