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PC Week: Hack this: PC Week Labs site begs attacks

Sep 21, 1999, 16:23 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Taschek)

"It's not too often that an organization asks to be hacked. In a major public test of the security of Linux and Windows NT, PC Week Labs has created an open Internet site-www.hackpcweek.com-and is challenging the world to try to break into the operating systems."

"The goal of this project is to reveal security holes in NT and Linux, thereby giving corporate IT organizations the ammunition to gird themselves against attacks. The odds of avoiding such attacks are against corporations that have opened up much of their IT networks to the general public. This, coupled with new open component-driven application development models, is wreaking havoc with corporate networks."

"The challenge PC Week Labs poses to the public is to break into the site, mark up the home page and/or steal user information. We will track the number of attempts on each operating system, the success rate and the methods used in successful attempts. We will also create a public discussion database for comment and collaboration on hacking the site and on security issues in general."

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