[ISN] Hackers Claim $10,000 Prize for Breaking Into StrongWebmail

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2009 04:05:40 -0500 (CDT)

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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