Loose Lips Sink Sites

 
 
By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2001-02-12 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

eWeek labs' just-completed Openhack III test was a great exercise in low-level security hacking, but don't forget that good security is also about issues technology can't resolve.

eWeek labs just-completed Openhack III test was a great exercise in low-level security hacking, but dont forget that good security is also about issues technology cant resolve. As a case in point, here is my favorite Openhack e-mail in slightly edited form:

"Give me the protocol to upload a page to the http://xtype.openhack.com/ server, and I will split the 50K with you. ... This is (bottom line) how most hacks really happen anyway.

"[I]f you want to split the cash, here is what you do. Drive to a city about 4 hours from your location, use cash for gas and dont get a [traffic] ticket. Go to a Kinkos, set up an e-mail account with Yahoo under an assumed name and send one e-mail to one person. Me. Thats it.

"OK ... now, with your (what I am sure are capable abilities to begin with), wipe this e-mail from your system and server and hand-write my e-mail address on a piece of paper and get in your car and go man! GO!

"P.S. ... by its very design, this contest is about hacking, which often includes covert attempts at avoiding time-consuming technical issues through bribing individuals for information. So dont feel bad if you actually succumb to that feeling in your gut. Just do it."

 
 
 
 
Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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