Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

HackProof Systems Challenges Hackers To Breach Server Security
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
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.

I Smell a RAT! New Cybersecurity Threats for the Crypto Industry
David Trepp, Partner, IT Assurance with accounting and advisory firm BPM LLP,  7/9/2021
Attacks on Kaseya Servers Led to Ransomware in Less Than 2 Hours
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  7/7/2021
It's in the Game (but It Shouldn't Be)
Tal Memran, Cybersecurity Expert, CYE,  7/9/2021
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Everything You Need to Know About DNS Attacks
It's important to understand DNS, potential attacks against it, and the tools and techniques required to defend DNS infrastructure. This report answers all the questions you were afraid to ask. Domain Name Service (DNS) is a critical part of any organization's digital infrastructure, but it's also one of the least understood. DNS is designed to be invisible to business professionals, IT stakeholders, and many security professionals, but DNS's threat surface is large and widely targeted. Attackers are causing a great deal of damage with an array of attacks such as denial of service, DNS cache poisoning, DNS hijackin, DNS tunneling, and DNS dangling. They are using DNS infrastructure to take control of inbound and outbound communications and preventing users from accessing the applications they are looking for. To stop attacks on DNS, security teams need to shore up the organization's security hygiene around DNS infrastructure, implement controls such as DNSSEC, and monitor DNS traffic
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
PUBLISHED: 2023-05-26
Craft is a CMS for creating custom digital experiences. Cross site scripting (XSS) can be triggered by review volumes. This issue has been fixed in version 4.4.7.
PUBLISHED: 2023-05-26
Django-SES is a drop-in mail backend for Django. The django_ses library implements a mail backend for Django using AWS Simple Email Service. The library exports the `SESEventWebhookView class` intended to receive signed requests from AWS to handle email bounces, subscriptions, etc. These requests ar...
PUBLISHED: 2023-05-26
Highlight is an open source, full-stack monitoring platform. Highlight may record passwords on customer deployments when a password html input is switched to `type="text"` via a javascript "Show Password" button. This differs from the expected behavior which always obfuscates `ty...
PUBLISHED: 2023-05-26
Craft is a CMS for creating custom digital experiences on the web.The platform does not filter input and encode output in Quick Post validation error message, which can deliver an XSS payload. Old CVE fixed the XSS in label HTML but didn’t fix it when clicking save. This issue was...
PUBLISHED: 2023-05-26
GDSDB infinite loop in Wireshark 4.0.0 to 4.0.5 and 3.6.0 to 3.6.13 allows denial of service via packet injection or crafted capture file