“An international hacking contest scheduled to begin this weekend could cause headaches for organizations worldwide and disrupt the Internet, according to a warning from Internet Security Systems Inc. (ISS),” reports Paul Roberts for IDG News Service. “The contest, known as the Defacers Challenge, awards points to malicious hackers who successfully compromise an organization’s Web server and deface its Web pages.”
“Rather than focusing on the volume of defacements, the Defacers Challenge is set up to reward the skill of malicious hackers who can compromise systems running obscure operating systems such as Apple Computer Inc.’s Macintosh and Unix variants such as IBM Corp.’s AIX and Hewlett-Packard Co.’s HP-UX. Contest organizers even set up a Web page that outlines the rules of the game, including a point system for compromised machines (Windows: 1 point, HP-UX and Macintosh: 5) and what guidelines for what counts as a valid defacement,” reports Roberts.
Roberts writes, “The target is to deface 6,000 Web sites. A prize of free Web site hosting is offered to the malicious hacker who can reach that goal first or accumulate the most Web sites in trying to do so, according to information posted on the site. The Challenge is scheduled to begin on July 6 and last for six hours, though information on the exact time of the Challenge has not yet been released, Allor said.” Full article here.