Hackers crack security challenge in just 17 hours

Four Polish techies calling themselves LSD, cracked a hacking challenge set up by Argus Systems on the eve of the InfoSecurity 2001 conference in London, winning themselves $50,000.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  April 25, 2001

Four Polish techies cracked a hacking challenge on the eve of the InfoSecurity 2001 conference in London, winning themselves $50,000.

The hackers, calling themselves LSD — last stage of delirium — succeeded against a system that has warded off hackers in three previous competitions.

The challenge set up by security specialists Argus Systems involved a secure server, set up with its Pitbull security system on an X86 system running Solaris 7, and in conjunction with German security specialists, Articon Integralis and Fujitsu-Siemens.

According to silicon.com, a spokesman for Argus Systems said, “they have won it by exploiting a hitherto unknown vulnerability of the Solaris X86 operating system.”

The server, to be a key feature of the security conference, was opened last Friday and the Polish team claim it took them just 17 hours to break into the system, cracking it on Saturday morning.

The computer graduates site Isd-pl.net is maintained by the Technical University of Poznan in Poland, but the group, Michal Chmielewski, Sergiusz Fornrobert, Adam Gowdiak and Tomasz Ostwald, claim to be Belgian.

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