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Hackers Earn Points for Web Attacks

Paul Rubens - December 9, 2016 - 08:14 AM
Hackers Earn Points for Web Attacks
A Turkish gang has turned hacking into a sport by awarding points for attacking designated web sites.

(CCM) — A hacker gang in Turkey has made the launching of attacks against web sites a sport, awarding points to fellow hackers who successfully attack designated targets, the BBC reports. A point is awarded for every ten minutes that an attack is directed at a designated target. The points are tallied and displayed on a scoreboard for other hackers to see, and they can be cashed in for access to sophisticated hacking tools, according to the report. The most successful hacker has already earned more than 450 points.

There appears to be a political aspect to the sport, because all of the web sites that have been targeted are run by organizations that — directly or indirectly — oppose the Turkish government. The gang behind the sport operates from a web site called "Surface Defence" on the dark web, and gives hackers who want to participate access to a hacking tool, called Sledgehammer, that can be used to launch distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Ironically, Sledgehammer appears to have been created in such a way that the original developer of the tool can spy on the hackers that use it, the BBC says.

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