History

Competition Statistics

Number of participating students:
  • 2023: 404 students
  • 2022: 285 students
  • 2021: 229 students
  • 2020: 417 students
  • 2019: 416 students
  • 2018: 270 students
  • 2017: 100 students
The University of Pretoria – Computer Science department is the most decorated CSC competitor with 13 podium finishes.

Past Events

2023

The 7th edition of the Cyber Security Challenge involved 404 students, comprising 133 teams that competed for a place in the final. The following 10 teams made it to the final:

  • B1str0M4th – North-West University
  • BuzzHackYear – University of Cape Town (Eng)
  • CtrlAltElite – University of Johannesburg (Eng)
  • CodeClappers – University of the Witwatersrand (CS)
  • CSyndicate – Rhodes University
  • FLUKE – University of Johannesburg (CS)
  • NullPointer – University of the Witwatersrand (Eng)
  • Password1234 – University of Pretoria
  • Prowl Patrol – University of the Western Cape
  • REvil – Namibia University of Science and Technology

The various challenge winners were:

Cyber Security Challenge (CSC):

  • First place: B1str0M4th – North-West University
  • Second place: REvil – Namibia University of Science and Technology
  • Third place: CSyndicate – Rhodes University

Specific Challenges:

  • Attack/Defend Challenge: NullPointer – University of the Witwatersrand (Eng)
  • API Challenge: Password1234 – University of Pretoria
  • MATLAB Classification Challenge: B1str0M4th – North-West University

2022

The 6th edition of the Cyber Security Challenge involved 285 students, comprising 77 teams that competed for a place in the final. The following 10 teams made it to the final:

  • Akai – North-West University
  • Cache Money – University of Pretoria (CS)
  • Cyber Codex – Botho University (Lesotho)
  • DaemonSlayers – University of the Witwatersrand (CS)
  • Decipherers – Rhodes University
  • Hack Elite – Tshwane University of Technology
  • Havana4 – University of the Western Cape
  • Piranhas – University of Cape Town (Eng)
  • The A Team – Durban University of Technology
  • The Whack Hack – Malawi University of Science and Technology

The various challenge winners were:

Capture The Flag (CTF) Challenge:

  • First place: Cache Money – University of Pretoria (CS)
  • Second place: DaemonSlayers – University of the Witwatersrand (CS)
  • Third place: Akai – North-West University

Specific Challenges:

  • Attack/Defend Challenge: Cache Money – University of Pretoria (CS)
  • API Challenge: Cache Money – University of Pretoria (CS)
  • Exploitdroid Challenge: Decipherers – Rhodes University
  • Social Engineering Challenge: Piranhas – University of Cape Town (Eng)

2021

The 5th edition of the Cyber Security Challenge involved 229 students, comprising 65 teams that competed for a place in the final. The following 11 teams made it to the final:

  • CyberFury, University of Pretoria (CS)
  • Cronus, Botho University
  • UCSC, University of Eswatini
  • GonePhishing, Rhodes University
  • CommuniMaestros, University of Botswana
  • HappyTreeFriends, University of the Western Cape
  • Unid£ntified, Tshwane University of Technology
  • CyberGlory, University of Johannesburg
  • ThePhishermen, University of Pretoria (CS)
  • SavannaSolutionsSubset, University of Pretoria (CS)
  • Tsotsi, University of Cape Town

The various challenge winners were:

Capture The Flag (CTF) Challenge:

  • First place: CyberFury, University of Pretoria (CS)
  • Second place: SavannaSolutionsSubset, University of Pretoria (CS)
  • Third place: HappyTreeFriends, University of the Western Cape

Specific Challenges:

  • Attack/Defend Challenge: CyberFury, University of Pretoria (CS)

2020

The 4th edition of the Cyber Security Challenge involved 417 students, comprising 117 teams that competed for a place in the final. The following 8 teams made it to the final:

  • Techtonic, University of Pretoria (CS)
  • Devs with Benefits, University of Pretoria (CS)
  • WeRf<ckd, University of KwaZulu-Natal (CS)
  • The Order of the Bit, University of Stellenbosch and University of Cape Town
  • UPG8, University of Pretoria (Eng)
  • Verdigris, University of KwaZulu-Natal (CS)
  • SendNodes, University of the Western Cape
  • CAPTCHA the Flag, Namibia University of Science and Technology

The various challenge winners were:

Capture The Flag (CTF) Challenge:

  • First place: The Order of the Bit, University of Stellenbosch and University of Cape Town
  • Second place: Techtonic, University of Pretoria (CS)
  • Third place: UPG8, University of Pretoria (Eng)

Specific Challenges:

  • Attack/Defend Challenge: The Order of the Bit, University of Stellenbosch and University of Cape Town
  • Social Engineering Challenge: André van der Walt, University of KwaZulu-Natal and Wilhelm Wiid, University of Pretoria

2019

The 3rd edition of the Cyber Security Challenge involved 416 students, comprising 125 teams that competed for a place in the final. The following 12 teams made it to the final:

  • (`_>’), University of the Witwatersrand (CS)
  • GandCrab, Stellenbosch University
  • IHateYou, North-West University
  • Inf3ct, Namibia University of Science and Technology
  • Short Circuits, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Eng)
  • Team Golf, University of Pretoria (Eng)
  • The IT Crowd, University of KwaZulu-Natal (CS)
  • TheGeeks, Multiple universities, Mozambique
  • We Who Shall Not Be Named, University of the Western Cape
  • WillHackForPizza, University of the Witwatersrand (Eng)
  • WireGhosts, University of Botswana, Botswana
  • Pigeon.exe, University of Pretoria (CS)

The various challenge winners were:

Capture The Flag (CTF) Challenge:

  • First Place: Pigeon.exe, University of Pretoria (CS)
  • Second place: We Who Shall Not Be Named, University of the Western Cape
  • Third Place: IHateYou, North-West University

Specific Challenges:

  • Attack/Defend Challenge: Team Golf, University of Pretoria (Eng)
  • Social Engineering Challenge: The IT Crowd, University of KwaZulu-Natal (CS)
  • Hash Challenge: (`_>’), University of the Witwatersrand (CS)
  • Bonus Challenge – Hack the Shark (individual): Andrew Boyley – University of the Witwatersrand (CS)

2018

The 2nd edition of the Cyber Security Challenge involved 270 students, comprising approximately 90 teams that competed for a place in the final. The following 10 teams made it to the final:

  • misJUDged (BRICS Champions), University of Pretoria (CS)
  • Down Town Cookie Factory, University of Pretoria (CS)
  • Wits Hacky Sac, University of the Witwatersrand (CS)
  • PUK3, North West University
  • GGEZ, University of the Western Cape
  • Mirai, Rhodes University
  • Bit Phase, Stellenbosch University
  • Bureau 122, University of Cape Town
  • NUST4, Namibia University of Science and Technology
  • Cyber Nerds, University of Botswana

The various challenge winners were:

Capture The Flag (CTF) Challenge:

First Place: misJUDged, University of Pretoria (CS)
Second place: Bit Phase, Stellenbosch University
Third Place: Down Town Cookie Factory, University of Pretoria (CS)

Specific Challenges:

  • Hack the Server Challenge: misJUDged, University of Pretoria (CS)
  • Social Engineering Challenge: Various
  • Hash Challenge: GGEZ, University of the Western Cape

2017

The 1st edition of the Cyber Security Challenge involved approximately 100 students, comprising around 30 teams that competed for a place in the final. 8 teams made it to the final.

The various challenge winners were:

Capture The Flag (CTF) Challenge:

  • First Place: Team BitPhase, University of Stellenbosch
  • Second place: Team Awesome Source, University of Pretoria (CS)
  • Third Place: Team H5-N1, University of Pretoria (CS)

Specific Challenges:

  • Hack the Server Challenge: Team H5-N1, University of Pretoria (CS)
  • Social Engineering Challenge: Team H5-N1, University of Pretoria (CS)
  • Hash Challenge: Team Insecure, University of the Western Cape