Cyberteams duke it out in the World Series of hacking
Sat., Aug. 3, 10 p.m. (final night)
Back in the hotel room, PPP Co-Founder Brian Pak, 24, is fueling up on Red Bull, and to my disbelief, all of PPP claims they really haven't consumed that much of it.
Goulden is explaining an unsolved challenge to Hotz, as he and fellow team member Zhou have exhausted all possibilities of solving it. Fresh eyes are needed.
With just four hours of online competition time left and at least a 4,000 point lead, some members are finally starting to feel confident and anticipate the win.
"It's one of those things where you have a lead," says PPP Co-Founder Andrew Wesie, 24. "So last year we had a lead and then we lost in the last hour, so now we have a lead again and so it's just four more hours to go—is it going to happen again?"
After the awards ceremony
PPP did hold onto their lead to win, racking up 15,048 points, over 7,000 more than the second place team and everyone was thrilled, albeit exhausted.
Despite not receiving any cash (as in other CTFs), they all say the Uber badges (which get them into DefCon free for life) and the black leather jackets grant them bragging rights, which makes it all worth it.
—By CNBC's Sabrina Korber