When hacking competitions go wrong

Sunday, 2 June 2002, 11:02 AM EST

What do you do when you enter a hacking competition only to discover that the target server is running a cut-down operating system running with almost all services switched off so that it does not resemble a "real-world situation"?

Simple. You hack the competition itself.

This is exactly what appears to have happened in a hacking competition that promised a first prize of $100,000 and which now seems to be losing its lustre after hackers compromised the server that held registration details. The result is that what should have been a straightforward competition has turned into a convoluted tale of hackers attacking the wrong systems and organisers using a dubious server set-up in the first place. The episode raises a number of questions over how hacking competitions should be held in the future.

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