Koreans win international hacking competition

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Koreans win international hacking competition


Members of the Korean team, DEFKOR00T, at DEFCON 26 in Las Vegas. [YONHAP]

A Korean team grabbed the top prize at an international hacking competition last week, South Korea’s ICT Ministry said on Monday.

DEF CON 26 ran for three days in Las Vegas from Thursday and brought together a large group of hackers from around the world. The event has been called the “World Cup for hackers.”

The 10-person Korean team, DEFKOR00T, led by Lee Jong-ho of RaonSecure, a provider of IT security services, and comprising experts from the Agency for Defense Development and Korea University, won the highest prize at this year’s event, the Ministry of Science and ICT said in a statement.

This is the first time since 2015 that a Korean team has finished No. 1 in the highly charged competition. Like many countries, Korea has moved to train specialists who can defend critical information from being compromised.

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