Odysseas Stavrou, an undergraduate student of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the Technical University of Crete (TUC) and member of the research team led by Associate Professor Sotirios Ioannidis, was awarded the first place with Canopus on the 5th Cyprus Cyber Security Challenge, an online event that ran from the 30th of April until the 15th of May 2022 and was jointly organized by the Cyprus Computer Society (CCS) and the CyberMouflons Hacking Community.
The aim of the competition was to discover new talents in the field of cybersecurity. 150 contestants took part in the competition including hackers, aged 13 and over, students, soldiers, students, amateur and professionals in the field. The competition, in the form of CTF (Capture the Flag), comprised 42 different challenges under the categories, among others, of web, reverse engineering, forensics, pwn, steganography, cryptography that were prepared by a team of volunteer mentors.
The 17 participants with the highest scores received a distinction, including Odysseas Stavrou in the 1st place:
- Odysseas Stavrou, Student, Technical University of Crete
- Christodoulos Sotiriou, Student, University of Nottingham, UK
- Vassilis Charalambos, Student, Cyprus University of Technology
- Marios Kailis, Student, Apostolos Markos High School
- Joseph Modestou, Student, International School of Paphos
- Andreas Tsouloupas, Student, ETH Zurich
- Christos Falas, Soldier
- Michael Christofi, Student, Melbourne University
- Evangelos Lioudakis, Student, English School
- Panagiotis Gabriel, Student, Imperial College London, UK
- Eleni Ioakeim, Student, University of Copenhagen
- Harris Chatziantonis, Student, University of Southampton, UK
- Giorgos Mavronicolas, Student, Apostolos Markos High School
- Eirinaios Vryoni, Student, Neapolis University Paphos
- H. Sababa, Professional
- Maria Didehvarfoomani, Student, Pascal English School Nicosia
- Paraskevi Christodoulou, Student, Open University of Cyprus
As it can be seen on the detailed scoreboard of the competition, Canopus by Odysseas Stavrou resolved 24 out of 42 challenges, more than any other participant, and gathered 17,617 points, literally surpassing just before the finish line (on the final day) the two opponents who finally took the 2nd and the 3rd place respectively.
The organization of CCSC 2022 was under the auspices of the Cyprus Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth, the Cyprus Police and the Digital Security Authority via the office of the Communications Commissioner of Cyprus. The sponsors of the event were: Adacom Cyber Security, Defense.com, Deloitte, European University Cyprus, Exness, Frederick University, Grant Thornton, KPMG, Odyssey Cybersecurity, Oracle Academy, Try Hack Me, University of Central Lancaster Cyprus and XM as well as the supporters ΗostingB2B, MVPS.net, ICSI, Offensive Security, RedPoint, Robo Cy and SCP Academy, Silensec, Cyber Ranges.