This is the largest number of leads collected in a single event hosted by the Trace Labs capture the flag (CTF) platform, with the hackathon held in Canberra last week.
Adelaide team SaabAU placed first, submitting 97 pieces of information during the hackathon.
And in second place was Sydney team Accenture with 89 submissions, followed by Melbourne team Hiddenagenda with 85 submissions.
“This event was certainly a game changer, demonstrating the enormous value of crowdsourcing OSINT to police as a complementary method to their investigations.”
The AustCyber Canberra Cyber Security Innovation Node partnered with the Australian Federal Police, the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre and Trace Labs to deliver the event - Australia’s first large scale national missing persons hackathon in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth.
In the event the ethical hackers and investigators used online investigative techniques within the bounds of the law to find new leads on real missing persons cases in Australia – using their cyber skills to gather open source intelligence (OSINT) on long-term missing persons using only information that is publicly available on the internet.