A team of four computer science students in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering has won top awards in the U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center’s DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge.

Dominic Chen, James Fiacco, Jose Ibarra and Christopher Thornton placed first among more than 600 teams vying for the overall award for competitors from the United States, as well as first among 220 teams of undergraduate students from around the world.

The online competition, which took place throughout most of the past year, tested skills in data extraction, challenging participants to devise methods to uncover encrypted data and other hidden information, and find messages encoded in digital sources.

The team members win a trip to the 2012 Department of Defense Cyber Crime Conference in January, where they will receive their awards and have an opportunity to present their work.

Look for an expanded report on their accomplishment in the near future.

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