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Submission + - SPAM: Hackers claim $10K prize for StrongWebmail breakin 2

alphadogg writes: Telesign, a provider of voice-based authentication software, challenged hackers to break into its StrongWebmail.com Web site late last week. The prize: $10,000. On Thursday, a group of security researchers claimed to have won the contest, which challenged hackers to break into the Web mail account of StrongWebmail CEO Darren Berkovitz and report back details from his June 26 calendar entry. The hackers, led by Secure Science Chief Scientist Lance James and security researchers Aviv Raff and Mike Bailey, provided details from Berkovitz's calendar to IDG News Service. In an interview, Berkovitz confirmed those details were from his account. However, Berkovitz could not confirm that the hackers had actually won the prize. He said he would need to check to confirm that the hackers had abided by the contest rules, adding, "if someone did it, we'll kind of put our heads down," he said.
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Submission + - More Snake Oil from McAfee (skeptikal.org) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Coming in right on the heels of the Pwnie award for "Lamest Vendor Response", a new McAfee Secure shopping service is being beta tested. Unfortunately, it appears that the shopping service itself is full of security holes, which mckt has published on his blog.

Between cross-site scripting holes in the site and its partners, poor session management, and the already well-known flaws in the way that vulnerabilities are detected, reported, and handled, what would it take for the "world's largest dedicated security technology company" to successfully move into the web application security world?

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