The Last Stage of Delirium, the hacking group that laid open nearly every version of the Windows operating system last week, could use a little sleep. Since going public with the RPC buffer overflow bug that some are describing as the worst Windows security hole in history, the group has been caught in a media frenzy. The hubub has been just as bad as when, in April, 2001, LSD broke Argus Systems’ PitBull security software in a contest for $50,000 in cash. (After the media glare faded, the team was stiffed for $43,000 of the prize money.) Then, as now, the work and its media aftermath kept them up at night when they’d rather be home with their families, said Tomasz Ostwald, one of the four founders of LSD, during a phone interview at 9:00 at night, Poland time. “This has been going on for three weeks. We had to work all weekend, even Sunday,” he said with his thick Polish accent. “We’re still taking at least two media calls a day.” Delirium was dreamed up in 1996 by four security engineers who’d just graduated the master’s of computer science program at Poznan University of Technology in Western Poland. Now all between the age of 27 and 28, they manage the security infrastructure for an academic and scientific supercomputing center in the university town of Poznan, where they all live. They also do security engineering consulting and penetration testing for other clients. By night, they crack software. Full Story
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