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News   News : Internet experts brace for hacker contest
   posted by DaveyD on 3-Jul-2003 20:22:10 (2140 reads)
Internet security experts warned of the possibility of a wave of cyberattacks this weekend in a hacker contest that could lead to the disruption of many computer networks.

The so-called "Defacer's Challenge," scheduled for Sunday, aims to deface up to 6,000 websites over the course of six hours, according to security experts.

"While there is no guarantee that this event will actually take place, the possibility is reason enough to verify your security and patch readiness," Counterpane Internet Security said in a message to clients.

"In light of this upcoming activity, it is doubly important to verify that all production and mission-critical servers have the latest vendor-approved security patches and that firewall rules and access lists are in place and properly formatted."

Another firm, Internet Security Systems (ISS), made a similar announcement and raised its warning level to 2 on a scale of 1-4, suggesting increased vigilance.

ISS analysts "are in the process of monitoring the hacking challenge in order to determine the effect the competition may have on the Internet," the company said.

"We strongly encourage system administrators to review their current security policies and ensure that all current and known security issues have been addressed."

The US Department of Homeland Security, however, played down the threat, saying it has issued no new warning on the matter.

"Hacker contests are relatively common, so I'm a little mystified why this is receiving so much attention," said agency spokesman David Wray.

While the agency has notified corporate chief information officers, Wray said, "We have not put out any public warning on this."

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Re: Internet experts brace for hacker contest
Posted on 3-Jul-2003 20:43:42
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Don't these "hackers" have anything better to do with thier time?

Oh, obviously not


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Re: Internet experts brace for hacker contest
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I think now is a good time to backup hehe

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Re: Internet experts brace for hacker contest
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Hopefully they`ll leave the Amiga sites alone - s`pose I could point them in the direction of a certain MOS site

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Re: Internet experts brace for hacker contest
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At least non-commercial websites should be safe . . . . so the ordinary ISP-provided space like
can survive okay!

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A2000HD (from 1991) 060 64Mb PicassoII with OS3.5 . . . still working.

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Re: Internet experts brace for hacker contest
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Lol.. use Amigas and you cant go wrong

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Re: Internet experts brace for hacker contest
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There is value in these events. These people will go out and deface a site and expose it as being poorly protected after which, the holes will (hopefully) be plugged. It's a learning process.

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