DC3 Challenge Results

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I might as well kick this blog off with a bang. Working full time while being a full time graduate student doesn’t leave much time for extracurricular activities other than (occasionally) sleep , but over the past few months I was on the department team for the DC3 challenge. The results of the challenge were announced this month, and we did fairly well.

DC3 stands for the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center, and every year they publish a forensics challenge. The challenge is open to anyone and has participants from industry, academia, and government. This year had 199 teams participating, with only 20 returning solutions. The challenge has a reputation for being fairly tough, and some of the problems may not be solveable. In any event, our team placed 4th over all with the top slots seperated by a fairly small margin (less than one of the upper level problems.) The University posted a little summary:

The University of New Orleans Digital Forensics team placed second nationally among academic teams and fourth overall in the Department of Defense Digital Forensics Laboratory’s (DC3) annual international digital forensics challenge.

The UNO team, nicknamed NSSAL for the Networking, Systems Administration and Security Laboratory in the Department of Computer Science, was the only winning team from Louisiana. Members of the team are: undergraduate computer science major Andrew Case, graduate students Brian Roux and Lodovico Marziale and Professor Golden G. Richard III.

The 2008 challenge consisted of individual problems, ranging from “novice” to “genius” level. The problems included identification of suspicious software, image analysis, steganalysis, automated identification and translation of foreign language text, and password cracking.

The DOD Digital Forensics Laboratory provided challenge materials to 199 teams from private industry, government and academia. Of the 199, just 20 submitted solutions to what turned out to be an extremely difficult challenge, UNO’s Richard said.

An academic team from the Naval Postgraduate School in California place first in the challenge. Full details and results of the forensics challenge are available on the Web site at http://dc3.mil/challenge/results.php.

University of New Orleans

The direct URL actually doesn’t work for the results due to some goofy circa 1990 layout by the DoD, but it can be viewed directly from http://www.dc3.mil/challenge/.

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