NEWS FROM THE LAB - Thursday, July 31, 2008

Assembly 2008 Khallenge Posted by Mikko @ 13:38 GMT

Assembly 2008

The Assembly Summer 2008 demoscene party is in full swing in Helsinki, Finland!

Assembly, one of the oldest and largest demo parties anywhere has around 5000 geeks gathered together for four days. Many of the techniques used in demo coding are interesting to us working in a antivirus lab: the fastest demos are written in low-level assembler, and to fit within the tight size limits (such as 4kB or 64kB), some of these demos use really advanced compressing techniques.

Assembly 2008 Crowd

To get a feeling on what's happening at the party, you might want to tune in to AssemblyTV.

Once again, as a sponsor of the event, F-Secure is running a reverse-engineering competition known as KHALLENGE. Your task is to decode three programs to find hidden information. The fastest solvers win new iPods and a visit to our viruslab.

Khallenge will begin tomorrow, Friday the 1st of August 2008, at 12:00 local Assembly time.

You can read more about the competition from Khallenge.com and review the rules from the Assembly 2008 website.


Do note that khallenge.com will only be operational during the party.