A Chinese Team (Katzebin) won the Def Con 29 CTF competition. It was the second year in a row that a Chinese team had won the competition. Considering the recent Communist Party of China (CPC) restrictions on hacker participation in CTF events outside of the CPC, how were the Chinese team participating in a 2021 CTF in Vegas? Recently, we returned to researching this question. In so doing, it converged with Apple, Inc., The iPhone IOS, the privacy wars between Google and Apple, CPC surveillance technologies, The NSO Group, and the Chinese suppression of the Uighurs in Xinjiang, a northwestern province of China.
Next month, SANS Institute and Trace Labs will host an Open-Source Intelligence (OISINT) Missing Persons Capture the Flag in Washington, D.C., in which professionals will compete to find leads in real missings persons cases. Participants will gather intelligence from available data on government records, the dark web, social media, and