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School News

Thomas Jefferson High School seniors Bret Barkley and Jonan Seeley, under the guidance of Mr. Frank Staffen, recently competed in the PicoCTF national competition.

Bret Barkley

Bret and Jonan teamed up with players from Stuyvesant High School and tied for first place in the high school division. Out of over 10,000 teams made up of college, high schools and others competing this year, Brett and Jonan’s team took third-place overall in the competition!

PicoCTF competition is a computer security game run by Carnegie Mellon University and targeted at middle and high school students with college teams participating in it as well. The game consists of a series of challenges centered around a unique storyline where participants must reverse engineer, break, hack, decrypt, or do whatever it takes to solve the challenge.

The topics include forensics, cryptography, reverse engineering, web exploitation, binary exploitation, network analysis, steganography, and file carving. The challenges are all set up with the intent of being hacked, making it an excellent, legal way to get hands-on experience. Last year, Bret and Jonan finished at the top of the Northeast Region for the CSAW (Cyber Security Awareness Week) in November 2016 sponsored by NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
Congratulations to Mr. Staffen, Bret and Jonan!








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