Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The 6th Annual Volatility Plugin Contest and the Inaugural Volatility Analysis Contest!

We are excited to announce that the 2018 Volatility Plugin Contest and the 2018 Volatility Analysis Contest are now accepting submissions until October 1, 2018. Winners of each contest will be receiving over $2500 in cash prizes and the highly coveted Volatility swag (t-shirts, stickers, etc.)!

Volatility Plugin Contest

Heading into its sixth year, the Volatility Plugin Contest encourages research and development in the field of memory analysis. The contest provides an opportunity for people to get industry-wide visibility for their work, to put groundbreaking capabilities immediately into the hands of investigators, and to contribute back to the open source forensics community. Not to mention, the opportunity to win cash and prizes. We are thankful to Magnet Forensics for donating $2500 in support of this year’s Volatility Plugin Contest.
If you are looking for inspiration for the Volatility Plugin Contest, please check out the previous results.

Volatility Analysis Contest

As a result of Magnet Forensic’s contribution, we decided to use the original prize money to launch the first Volatility Analysis Contest. The Volatility Analysis Contest is intended to encourage people to share the creative ways they are using Volatility to augment their analysis efforts. For example, it may include techniques for augmenting their malware analysis, expediting reverse engineering, finding critical artifacts during an investigation, or triaging new indicators. The goal is to write an analysis report detailing how Volatility was used to find relevant artifacts within memory. If you are looking for ideas for the Volatility Analysis Contest, find a sophisticated malware sample or attack framework and document how Volatility can be used to find its artifacts in memory. Previous examples from the Volatility team include: Stuxnet, Phalanx, and Careto.

Thanks again to Magnet Forensics for their generous donation and support! We would also like to thank Volexity and our other sustaining donors for their continued support.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us!

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