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ISS warns of coordinated hacker attack on July 6

Hackers in the Defacers Challenge get points for defacing Web sites. An international hacking contest scheduled to begin this weekend could cause headaches for organizations worldwide and disrupt the Internet, according to a warning from Internet Security Systems Inc. (ISS). The contest, known as the Defacers Challenge, awards points to malicious hackers who successfully compromise an organization’s Web server and deface its Web pages. ISS first became aware of the contest last week by monitoring Web sites and Internet Relay Chat channels frequented by malicious hackers who specialize in defacements, according to Peter Allor, manager of X-Force Threat Intelligence Services at Atlanta-based ISS. Rather than focusing on the volume of defacements, the Defacers Challenge is set up to reward the skill of malicious hackers who can compromise systems running less prominent operating systems, including Apple Computer Inc.’s Mac OS and Unix variants such as IBM’s AIX and Hewlett-Packard Co.’s HP-UX. Full Story

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