August 23, 2011
New Site Invites Hackers To Compete For Credibility
Long-time hackers have few kind words for their immature brethren and simplified automated DDoS attacks -- “script kiddies”, they can be imagined to mutter. However one UK hacker, going by the handle “s0lar” has launched a new website aimed at separating the men from the boys, reports The Telegraph.About 700 hackers have joined the website RankMyHack to note their exploits, compare notes and to earn online credibility. Site members must submit evidence that they´ve actually carried out the claimed attacks by planting a code somewhere on the compromised website.
“Up until now, when you met another hacker on an IRC or forum, there was no way to indicate if that hacker had any skills whatsoever, RankMyHack.com was built to give a clear indication of a hacker´s general abilities,” explains s0lar.
“It also serves the purpose of tracking a hackers hacking achievements under their current alias, allowing for other hackers to quickly establish the caliber of hacker they are talking to.”
The difficulty of the hack is given a rating, as well as the size of the website. Special bounties are awarded for hacking racist sites as well as for those belonging to universities, the military and governments. Sitting on top of the leader board right now, is a member with the name Mudkip, who has confirmed hacks of the Huffington Post, followed by Blackfan for an attack on Google.
Once players have amassed enough points, they can take part in duels, where they compete to breach the most websites in a given period of time. “The dueling system was designed to increase the competitive element of the website and to provide a hacked with the ability to challenge other hackers´ abilities and damage their opponents´ online reputation,” says s0lar.
Email requests to s0lar for further comment were not answered for questions that the bounty system makes RankMyHack.com similar to the Anonymous or LulzSec “hacktivist” groups. Groups that have carried out a series of high-profile online attacks this year on government websites including the CIA and SOCA, as well as on private companies and repressive regimes, TG Daily reports.
The site has probably popular with law enforcement, too as they investigate claims of hacked websites.
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