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9/8/2016
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HackProof Systems Challenges Hackers To Breach Server Security

Company invites hackers to penetrate its new security technology and win $5,000.

HackProof Systems has thrown open a challenge to hackers worldwide to try and break into its server which is protected by the company’s new security technology and claim a $5,000 reward. The purpose behind this campaign is to prove the alleged superior impenetrability of the company’s new technology making it a “perfect solution” for commercial and government installations.

The challenge includes breaking into the server, finding the imbedded Golden Token file and then following instructions on how to win the contest. The competition is open until September 30 midnight EDT and the first person to succeed will be declared winner.

Buy HackProof Systems is in no doubt of its technology living up to the company name. Says CTO Gordon Craig: “HackProof Systems is confident no one will be able to hack into the server protected by our new security technology.” 

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Ventamepacher3E
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Ventamepacher3E,
User Rank: Apprentice
9/15/2016 | 12:05:51 PM
HackProof
Just do it, and take money
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
9/13/2016 | 5:05:19 AM
Re: Good luck
@jcavery: That was years ago.  Since then, Joe Black has been "outed" in the InfoSec community as what his peers consider to be something of a pretender.

Or were you speaking of HackProof?
jcavery
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jcavery,
User Rank: Moderator
9/11/2016 | 2:48:49 PM
Re: Good luck
ehhh i just took a look at it and quickly stopped. can't even ping the "public IP" they provided.... and lots of complaints on twitter about it not even being live. seems like a marketing gimmick
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
9/11/2016 | 2:24:39 PM
Black
Bold move for a small company (not exactly the same as Google putting up mega-bug bounties for those who can hack its systems).  As long as they don't go actively antagonizing black-hatters and "hacktivists," though.  That's what Joseph Black, of Black & Berg, did with Lulzsec some years back, and that quickly turned out very poorly for Black.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
9/11/2016 | 2:22:20 PM
Re: Good luck
This is really no different than a bug bounty program.  It's just a more sensationalized version of one.  Expect that kind of response accordingly, I think.
jcavery
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jcavery,
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9/11/2016 | 11:36:11 AM
Re: Good luck
True, but it will encourage "amateur" hackers to improve their skills so they can better defend against those state-backed hackers. Just like it will improve HackProof's defenses if someone is able to penetrate it. I don't think the professional black hatters will be participating in contests of any kind as you said anyway
stevejennings
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stevejennings,
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9/8/2016 | 12:11:09 PM
Good luck
Cities around the US send "invitations for free [sports team] tickets!" to people who have outstanding warrants and predictably the stupid ones show up. This challenge would be easier to take seriously if it wasn't set up like a veritable "honey pot". Nation-state backed hackers - arguably the best of the best - will not likely show up.
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