July 31st, 2014

hacked hacking competition

A hacking contest that promised $100,000 as
first prize appears to have been weighted so
heavily against competitors that some decided to
hack the competition rather than the target server.

Some contestants got frustrated with what they thought was a rigged contest, and decided to go after the registration server instead of the target machines. The contest organizers now say that the original system which everyone was using as the focus for the contest, was really just a decoy honeypot designed to track what each of the hackers was doing, and from where. They also reduced the prize money to almost a tenth of the original offering. There was no real winner to the contest, but they did award 5 prizes to “outstanding competitors”.

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