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Security Groups Warn of Hacking Contest on Sunday

Cyber security organizations warned network administrators on Wednesday about a Web site hacking contest that appeared to be scheduled to begin on Sunday, July 6. The Information Technology — Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC), which monitors the Web for possible threats, learned of “Defacer’s Challenge” on a Web site last week, according to Pete Allor, director of operations for the group. IT-ISAC is run by Atlanta-based security provider Internet Security Systems Inc. ISSX.O According to the Web site, which had been taken off the Internet by Wednesday afternoon, hackers were urged to prove their skills by defacing as many Web sites as they could during a six-hour period on Sunday morning, Allor said. In just one indication of how sweeping the damage could be, participants were not to deface more than 6,000 Web sites, according to the contest rules posted online. They would be awarded points based on the type of operating system running on the Web server they hacked, according to Allor. Full Story

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