Posted by Jon on Dec 10 , 2014 - 09:57 am
We're still seeing quite a few visitors, and plenty of poking around. Some good ideas are showing up in the logs of people trying to probe to see how the site was made, looking for frameworks and codebases and such.
Everyone's being quite friendly while they try to peek through the cracks too.
This past month has seen the Ukraine generating most of our traffic.
Posted by Jon on Sep 01 , 2014 - 01:22 pm
It's been awhile since we've checked the logs. Busy summer. We haven't heard any good tales (or been told the secret phrase) from hackers taking a whack at the site, but I traipsed back through the logs today and saw some more interesting attempts. Some people have been able to display alerts to themselves, little steps. It doesn't look like anyone has been anywhere very fruitful as of yet (but of course, if they are really good, then how would I know anyway?)
We doubled the bounty today in hopes that more cash might inspire some more creative efforts.
Keep visiting! and keep looking for the loose bricks!
Posted by Jon on May 27 , 2014 - 07:59 am
We’re seeing a daily smattering of gentle exploring in the log, but nothing thrilling yet. We haven’t seen any footprints that look like someone seriously going for the cash. Maybe, as one of my friends suggested, $100 isn’t going to be enough incentive for the truly talented to spend enough effort to get in. Well, we’ll see. Maybe we’ll have to sweeten the pot. I guess one encouraging thing is that, so far, no one has found an ‘easy’ way in, or put another way, it will take some real talent and effort to breach the walls. Come on. Who wants to take a serious shot?
Posted by Jon on May 13 , 2014 - 06:00 am
It's fun checking the logs and seeing a few new visitors and new attempts each day. So far we're seeing attempts to find the low hanging fruit, plus a brief Dos attack or two. No contacts as of yet. As we see the general traffic pick up a bit, I get the sense (maybe just created from within my imagination) that eyes are gathering on the ridgeline, waiting for the right moment to pounce. I told a friend about the site, and he checked it out and said he might post it to the Hacker News. He said, "Oh, it WILL be hacked." I seem to remember him rolling out a devilish laugh too.
Posted by Jon on May 10 , 2014 - 12:38 pm
Naturally, after launch and after telling the first few people about this site, I started thinking about how I would go about trying to hack into it. I'm also already contemplating some changes to make it sturdier, sort of like that novel you send to the publisher, see it finally hit the shelves (okay, this is some wishful thinking going on) only to open it and start seeing all the improvements you should have made before. Rather than endless tinkering, I think we'll just wait and see what happens.
We've seen the first few attempts in the logs, many of the usual suspects which we've been used to seeing over the years. No contacts with secret phrases yet, however.
We also took a few volleys from a Low Orbit Web Cannon. I'm not sure how someone would use a Dos attack like that to win the contest (especially since we've prohibited dos attacks anyway), but maybe someone could enlighten me in the comments.
Posted by Jon on May 06 , 2014 - 08:31 am
Okay, we've launched this site and its associated contest. We're ready to open the gate and experience the shadowy skills of our hacking friends and of the hacking world at large. Our intention is that this site isn't easy to hack. We'll see. Our hope is that someone with considerable skill does the deed and then shares their method with us. Sure, they take $100 of our beer money, but then we learn something valuable, shore up the site, and then open the gate again for the next round. Each round should be more difficult and more rewarding. Some have called us a bit crazy exposing our codebase to this sort of intentional abuse, but we're excited to see what it can do and to make it better. Yes, we're relying on the hacker community's good manners. We know that can be a risk, but nothing wagered, nothing gained. Come on in; be nice, and be smart!
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