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Black Hat: DiceGang Wins Capture the Flag Tournament

DiceGang has won the Capture the Flag Tournament held during the Cybersecurity event, Black Hat, bringing home SAR 300,000 cash prize.

In the second place came The Duck, getting a generous cash prize of SAR 200,000, followed by C4T BuT S4D in the third place.

Never Stop Exploiting reserved the fourth place. Finally, Kalmarunionen won the fifth place cash prize of SAR 40,000

The second edition of the cybersecurity event, Black Hat, commenced in  Riyadh Front Exhibition and Conference Center. The event’s participants included experts, speakers, and investors.

Keynote Address by Faisal Al-Khamisi

Faisal Al-Khamissi, head of the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones emphasized the event’s significance.

He praised Crown Prince’s role in promoting the technology sector through Vision 2030.

This edition is the largest, gathering global information security experts for over 600 hours of content over the following three days.

The previous edition’s success was highlighted with an attendance of 30,000 visitors. This is the biggest number of attendees in the field of cyber security on a global level.

Record-Breaking Aspirations & Global Participation

This edition aims to surpass its record with over 60,000 registrants and more than 250 workshops.

Moreover, it features 350 leading companies from 70 countries. Prizes exceed SAR 1,000,000  for amateurs and professionals.

Annabel Mander’s Acknowledgement

Annabelle Mander, Vice President of Alliance, commended the Saudi Federation for its effective contributions to the success of Black Hat Middle East and Africa.

New Strategic Partnership

Haboob (owned by the Saudi Federation) and Google Cloud’s Mandiant announced a strategic partnership. They introduced Chronicle Cyber Shield in Saudi Arabia, enhancing cybersecurity services in the government sector.

First-Day Sessions

The first day covered topics like cyber risks, software’s role in modern warfare, transportation hacking, and AI’s in applications’ development.

Cyber Seed Competition

During Black Hat proceedings, the Cyber Seed contest was launched for startups. The contest  has four prizes, namely innovative ideator, shining seedling, established excellence and Saudi superstar.

Furthermore, there were challenges including capture the flag, escape room activities, smart city and chip hacking with over 1,000,000 Riyals in prizes.

Continuous Engagement

The Black Hat event will continue until November 16, featuring exhibitors like IBM, Cisco, Huawei, and many more.


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