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eWeek: Openhack-interactive security redux

Jul 11, 2000, 23:05 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Taschek)

"Last September, eWEEK hosted its first interactive security test, called hackpcweek. We expected 50,000 attempts. There were 1.5 million hacks before Lluis Mora, a hacker from Gibraltar who goes by the handle JFS, broke in...."

"Certainly, what we did with hackpcweek is ethically better and more educational than the hack exploit scripts some organizations post on their Web sites. This event offered more value than the vendors who chicken out from participating in these events, ostensibly because they don't want to condone hacking activities. Realistically, these vendors were simply afraid to lose."

"Now, on to openhack.com, which is hackpcweek on steroids. We launched it June 26, and it's already sustained a tremendous number of attacks. Instead of a simple architecture consisting of two main operating systems (Linux and Windows NT), as in hackpcweek, openhack consists of five operating systems. There are numerous intrusion detection systems, and several vendors are involved. We're also using secure Apache and Oracle servers, and we've partnered with a real security company-Guardent (www.guardent.com). This reflects what might exist in any corporation. We expect, however, to sustain many times more attacks in a much shorter amount of time than the typical Web site."

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