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HackProof Systems Challenges Hackers To Breach Server Security
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User Rank: Apprentice
9/15/2016 | 12:05:51 PM
Just do it, and take money
Joe Stanganelli
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?
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
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
9/11/2016 | 2:24:39 PM
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
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.
User Rank: Moderator
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
User Rank: Strategist
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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