By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
June 04, 2009
Hackers love a challenge. And more than that, they love cash.
That's what Telesign found out this week. A provider of voice-based
authentication software, the company challenged hackers to break into
its StrongWebmail.com Web site late last week. The prize? US$10,000.
On Thursday, a group of security researchers claimed to have won the
contest, which challenged hackers to break into the Web mail account of
StrongWebmail CEO Darren Berkovitz and report back details from his June
26 calendar entry.
The hackers, led by Secure Science Chief Scientist Lance James and
security researchers Aviv Raff and Mike Bailey, provided details from
Berkovitz's calendar to IDG News Service. In an interview, Berkovitz
confirmed those details were from his account.
However, Berkovitz could not confirm that the hackers had actually won
the prize. He said he would need to check to confirm that the hackers
had abided by the contest rules, adding, "if someone did it, we'll kind
of put our heads down," he said.
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