Germans launch $5,000 CeBIT hacker challenge

    Date22 Mar 2001
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3663
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    A German computer security firm is inviting hackers to break into its products live at this year's CeBIT computer fair. Wibu will place its reputation on the line by asking a group of "ethical" hackers to crack a file scambled with its encryption technology.. . . A German computer security firm is inviting hackers to break into its products live at this year's CeBIT computer fair. Wibu will place its reputation on the line by asking a group of "ethical" hackers to crack a file scambled with its encryption technology.

    Although the event has been decribed as little more than a publicity stunt by one UK computer security expert, it is sure to draw a crowd at this year's show: the company is offering a prize of $5,000 to any hacker that can break its copy protection system and decrypt a hidden message.

    Oliver Winzenried, chief executive of Wibu-Systems said the hacking contest will demonstrate the strength of Wibu's technology. "We want to produce proof in front of everybody that valuable software development projects can be safely protected. Today, illegal copies don't have to exist," he said.

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