Aggie Winners at CSAW 2018!

Congratulations to the Texas A&M team for winning 3rd place in the Embedded Security Challenge at the CSAW ’18 cyber-security competition held November 8-11, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York.

The Texas A&M team was comprised of Computer and Electrical Engineering students Ryan Vrecenar (CE), Joshua Zschiesche (CS), Michael Hall (EE) and Mahesh Naidu (EE) under the advisement of professors Stavros Kalafatis and JV Rajendran.

Our team demonstrated an attack on a Bluetooth bulb, showed that they were able to hack it and modify the light color, turned it on/off, and transmitted data, which essentially covered all aspects of how exposed this embedded system is to hacking. Their skills were judged against teams from around the world.

This was the second time the Texas A&M team had entered the competition. Last year, they placed fourth in the challenge. They have truly set themselves apart nationally within such a short period.

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