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Slightly More Interesting

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!

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The First Attempts

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.

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Welcome

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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