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False Start For Cyber Security Challenge UK 18

An anonymous reader writes "Netcraft writes about an ironic 'false start' for the Cyber Security Challenge UK website. The new venture touts itself as 'a programme of national challenges, designed by experts, to identify and nurture the UK's future cyber security workforce.' Unfortunately, the website appears to be vulnerable to a basic cross-site scripting vulnerability which was easily found by some Twitter users."
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False Start For Cyber Security Challenge UK

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  • Or if someone else already got it, they were using simple hacks described on...twitter?

  • Sigh (Score:3, Insightful)

    by bbqsrc ( 1441981 ) on Saturday May 01, 2010 @06:19AM (#32054964) Homepage
    Of the four paragraphs in the article, there's one entirely about how the toolbar run by the website will protect you from XSS, and hardly goes into detail about anything amusing at all. It's not even that good of an XSS hole... simply boring.
    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Netcraft is dying! Someone commenting about it as if they didn't know it confirms it!
  • by Rogerborg ( 306625 ) on Saturday May 01, 2010 @06:53AM (#32055076) Homepage
    Well, I guess if they had competent IT people, they wouldn't be looking to hire any. Seems pretty axiomatic.
    • by BeerCat ( 685972 )

      Perhaps the website is the first part of the recruitment process -
      "if you can hack this, then we could offer you a job as a white hat" Or something like

  • There are none (Score:4, Insightful)

    by h00manist ( 800926 ) on Saturday May 01, 2010 @08:03AM (#32055292) Journal
    There are no competent people, no secure or quality products, and no certain outcomes. Get over it and get to work trying to get whatever result you want, or to drinking beer. Either way, everything will end up somewhere. Try not to do it with guns, and nobody will die, that way you can try again.
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