National Missing Persons Hackathon

A partnership between AustCyber - Australian Cyber Security Growth Network - the Australian Federal Police, the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC) and Trace Labs created a historical event in 2019 with the delivery of the National Missing Persons Hackathon - a missing person Capture the Flag (CTF) event on Friday 11th October 2019. This was the flagship event for Australian Cyber Week.

The event facilitated a cyber ‘hacking’ event to uncover open source intelligence (OSINT) on Australia’s long-term missing persons and current missing persons at the time of the event. The event was modelled on 14 successful cyber events run by the not-for-profit organisation Trace Labs in the USA and Canada. Trace Labs provides crowd sourced OSINT for missing persons through non-theoretical capture the flag contests and ongoing OSINT operations.

The partnership between the AustCyber Canberra Node, Australian Federal Police, National Missing Persons Coordination Centre and Trace Labs demonstrates the value they bring together, including:

  • harnessing the Australian community to generate leads and assist police in their investigations on missing person cases;
  • showcasing the different elements to cyber security such as ‘ethical hackers’;
  • highlighting the diversity of cyber security careers, skills and the people who hold them; and
  • demonstrating cyber security crowdsourcing as a technical value add element to law enforcement as well as a social value add element to the community.

We aim to continue to deliver this event on annual basis

A partnership between AustCyber - Australian Cyber Security Growth Network - the Australian Federal Police, the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC) and Trace Labs created a historical event in 2019 with the delivery of the National Missing Persons Hackathon - a missing person Capture the Flag (CTF) event on Friday 11th October 2019. This was the flagship event for Australian Cyber Week.

The event facilitated a cyber ‘hacking’ event to uncover open source intelligence (OSINT) on Australia’s long-term missing persons and current missing persons at the time of the event. The event was modelled on 14 successful cyber events run by the not-for-profit organisation Trace Labs in the USA and Canada. Trace Labs provides crowd sourced OSINT for missing persons through non-theoretical capture the flag contests and ongoing OSINT operations.

The partnership between the AustCyber Canberra Node, Australian Federal Police, National Missing Persons Coordination Centre and Trace Labs demonstrates the value they bring together, including:

  • harnessing the Australian community to generate leads and assist police in their investigations on missing person cases;
  • showcasing the different elements to cyber security such as ‘ethical hackers’;
  • highlighting the diversity of cyber security careers, skills and the people who hold them; and
  • demonstrating cyber security crowdsourcing as a technical value add element to law enforcement as well as a social value add element to the community.

We aim to continue to deliver this event on annual basis

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