Hacking the hacker

Thursday, 21 August 2003, 1:29 PM EST

Ethical hacking is one of the most intriguing and exciting elements of our work at CQUR IT. In most engagements, our efforts involve attempting to penetrate a client's network, documenting the results of our efforts, and recommending optimal strategies for mitigating the risks we have identified.

A recent engagement for a software development firm took an interesting twist at the onset of the project, as we quickly discovered the client's FTP server had already been hacked and was being used for illegal purposes. I'll describe the techniques we used to meet the client's requirements and explain how our efforts turned from hacking their network to hacking the hacker.

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