statement about the "defacement challenge"

Friday, 4 July 2003, 9:49 AM EST

We at Zone-H have been informed about the oncoming "defacement challenge", a defacer contest that should happen July 6th in which defacers are challenged to deface as many as 6.000 in the shortest time as possible.

It is quite clear, judging by the sharp decrease of the defacement notifications occoured during the last days, that the crackers aren't at the beach but they are rather rooting possible targets without defacing them, so to be ready with a lot of ready-to-be-defaced targets to be used on the contest day.

Many news have been written about this contest, many of them they were reporting serious alerts about possible Internet service disruption. Those who wrote or reported such alert are obviously not aware about how a defacement is usually done.

Those who have a "trained eye" like Zone-H, when analizing the text reported on the defacement-challenge website ( understood immediately that being the "rules" stating that there will not be any difference when counting a single defacement (single IP) or a mass-defacement (many domain names on the same IP) and the given time frame will be only six hours, what is mostly going to happen is that a lot of web hosting companies will be hit, instead than single servers belonging to different companies.

Due to this, we don't forecast any possible disruption in the Internet service as very little traffic will be generated.

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