The World's First All Machine Hacking Tournament
Led by a MacArthur (genius) fellow, the team organizes across 11 time zones
Berkeley, CA
CodeJitsu is a Cyber Grand Challenge team based at UC Berkeley and led by Professor Dawn Song. The CodeJitsu Cyber Reasoning System is based on automated Binary Analysis and Hardening.
Only system that was built from scratch
Moscow, ID
The Center for Secure and Dependable Systems (CSDS) at the University of Idaho is proud to sponsor team CSDS as an open-track team for the DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge. This self-funded team consists of Dr. Jia Song, a postdoctoral researcher and Dr. Jim Alves-Foss, director of CSDS. Although a small team, they are building from scratch a new and innovative custom tool suite to participate in the Cyber Grand Challenge. New to the Capture-the-Flag environment, they bring a perspective built on years of experience in different aspects of cyber security.
Achieved top performance score; the only team that improved memory usage
Deep Red
Arlington, VA
Deep Red is composed of a small team of specialized engineers from Raytheon. The Deep Red team is inventing new ways to analyze software that builds on its uniquely rich heritage in computer security. The team hopes to create a system that impacts current practice and significantly advances the next generation of cybersecurity. The team name pays homage to both Raytheon's red logo and IBM's Deep Blue computing project that was designed to take on the world's grand masters of chess.
Sole creator of Proof-of-Vulnerabilities for 12 challenges
Pittsburgh, PA
ForAllSecure's mission is to test the world's software and provide actionable information to its customers. The team has started with Linux and its mission with Linux is to test all programs in current distributions, such as Debian, Ubuntu and Red Hat. With time, the team will cover other platforms, such as Mac, Windows and mobile. In the meantime, the team promises to do one thing well. ForAllSecure’s technology is the result of more than a decade of program analysis research at Carnegie Mellon University. Initially founded by Professor David Brumley, Thanassis Avgerinos and Alex Rebert, it has now grown to nine employees in Pittsburgh and the Bay Area in California. ForAllSecure’s Cyber Grand Challenge technology will also be available commercially for checking off-the-shelf software.
Student-led effort, including the youngest program analysis expert
Santa Barbara, CA
Shellphish started at UC Santa Barbara as the SecLab hacking team. As members graduated and moved, the team expanded to include other locations such as Boston/Massachusetts, Alpes-Maritimes/France, London/United Kingdom and other exotic locations. The team enjoys surfing, walks on the beach and pwning n00bs. Shellphish has participated in more Defcon CTF editions than any other team.
Finished the Qualifying Event in the first six hours
Ithaca, NY
The TECHx team consists of leading software analysis experts from GrammaTech, Inc. and the University of Virginia. The team is led by Dr. David Melski (PI) and Professors Jack Davidson and John Knight (co-PIs). GrammaTech and UVA are co-developers of an automatic software-hardening technology called PEASOUP ("Preventing Exploits of Software Of Uncertain Provenance"). PEASOUP uses a combination of automatic binary analysis, repair, confinement and diversification to prevent exploits of important classes of vulnerabilities, including those based on memory-safety, command-injection, and number-handling weaknesses.
Sole team to score on five challenges
Athens, GA
disekt is a computer security team that participates in various Capture the Flag security competitions hosted by other teams, universities and organizations from around the world.
Funded through standard government contract.
Funded by Prize money through competition performance.

Cyber Grand Challenge Final Event
When: Thursday, August 4, 2016 (5:00pm – 8:00pm PCT)
Where: Paris Hotel and Conference Center, Las Vegas, NV
Details: Free & open to the public
  • Cyber Grand Challenge Finals are a free event open to the public; no attendance fee is required.
  • Visitors wishing to stay for DEF CON please note: The DEF CON conference requires an attendance fee – please go to defcon.org for more details.
  • DEF CON and Black Hat attendees please note: the CGC finals are Thursday night. Please adjust your travel arrangements accordingly if you’d like to attend.

To learn more about Cyber Grand Challenge, check out DARPA Program Manager Mike Walker on 60 Minutes and his DEF CON presentation about DARPA’s fully automated CTF.