The results of a cyber law enforcement challenge issued by the Australian and New Zealand police community will be announced during the AusCERT security conference on 14 May at the Gold Coast.

The challenge, which closed for entries on 8 May, will see delegates presented with a real-world scenario that Australian police have solved. The challenge involves a cyber criminal, data and encryption.

"To make it interesting, the inaugural challenge will be a contest of speed as well as accuracy. The winner will be the fastest team or person to crack the case and submit a correct answer," said AusCERT 2014 general manager Graham Ingram.

Bonus points will be awarded for the team or person who can do that faster than Australian police, he added.

The winner or winners will receive a certificate presented by cyber crime police officers on 14 May.

"Whilst this challenge is issued in the spirit of learning and fun, it does have a serious side. The criminal community has been an enthusiastic early adopter of technology, using it to commit crime and obstruct law enforcement," Ingram said.

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"Participating in the law enforcement challenge is a way to assist officers to combat e-crime in Australia and New Zealand."

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Who can you trust online?

Trust and privacy online will be discussed in detail at this year's AusCERT conference on the Gold Coast.

AusCERT general manager Graham Ingram said this year's theme Who can you trust online? was timely given the Heartbleed bug and recent revelations about the US National Security Agency spying on American citizens.

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"There has never been a better time to focus our attention on the security and privacy of communications and transactions online."

Ingram said that some of the speakers at AusCERT 2014 will talk about the growing concern over "mass online data collection, especially from governments around the world".

For example, German security researcher Felix Lindner will be presenting on the interaction between geopolitical forces and online security while Princeton University's centre for ICT policy director Edward Felten will be talking on the topic of security and surveillance.

IDG Communications is an official media partner for AusCERT 2014.

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