Technology Innovation Institute (TII), the applied research division of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council, has launched the “TII McEliece Challenges”, the first cryptography challenges in the UAE. These challenges are designed to assess the robustness of the renowned McEliece cryptosystem and identify any potential vulnerabilities. Led by TII’s Cryptography Research Center, the year-long competition will present participants with increasingly difficult problems in three tracks: Theoretical Key Recovery Algorithms, Practical Key Recovery and Message Recovery.
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The main objective of the TII McEliece Challenges is to enhance the understanding of cryptosystems that play a vital role in safeguarding the privacy and confidentiality of individuals and organizations worldwide. By inviting aspiring coders, students, scientists, researchers and experts to participate, TII aims to strengthen the UAE’s position in the global cryptography arena and align with the UAE’s National Innovation Strategy. This initiative aligns with TII’s commitment to enhance the security and reliability of digital transactions and communications, ultimately contributing to the growth and stability of the national economy.
The challenges are open to all cryptography enthusiasts and participants have the opportunity to compete for a prize pool of $75,000. The top performers will be recognized on TII’s leaderboard as they strive to ensure the security and resilience of the McEliece system, positioning it as a leading candidate for post-quantum encryption.