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Israeli Hackers to Compete at 'Hack Attack'

50 of Israel's best computer hackers will compete on Jan. 28 for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to the U.S., where they get a firsthand view at how security giant Symantec does cyber-defense

By: Zak Edwards

Published: January 20th, 2014 in Business » Israel

On January 28, some of Israel’s best hackers will be going public for a chance to work in the big leagues.

Symantec, one of America’s largest providers of anti-virus and cyber-security services, will be hosting “Hack Attack” on January 28 to give Israel’s best hackers a chance at the big leagues.

The event will happen at the annual Cybertech International Conference, sponsored by IsraelDefense, the Prime Minister’s National Cyber Bureau, and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Economy, according to The Times of Israel. Fifty challengers are expected to participate with one lucky hacker getting an all expense paid trip to Symantec headquarters to discuss cyber security.

The actual Hack Attack contest will be a simulated corporate espionage attack that contestants will have to figure out exactly who and how the attack took place by counter-hacking other sites and servers. Points will be given for how far they can hack into suspects’ servers and for reaching 40 different milestones, like getting access to passwords and installing spyware.

Hack Attack is part of a worldwide set of events hosted by Symantec, who conduct these tests regularly to find the next great cyber-defense visionary, sometimes even offering winners jobs. For their part the events help Symantec to understand “their targets, technology and thought processes so they can ultimately better protect their organization and themselves.”

As for the rest of the Cybertech International Conference, the very best of Tel Aviv and Israel have are expected to be there. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will open the event with a talk about Israel’s cyber-defense policies and challenges before Rick Kaplan (head of IBM Israel, Erek Kreiner (former head of Israel’s National Information Security Authority), and others will give speeches on the many aspects of cyber security.

Some of Israel’s most promising start-ups are also expected to attend, including Seculert, who have been working with major American retailers who recently had the credit card information of thousands of customers stolen. Convertix, who are most famous for creating a block against unauthorized personnel looking at documents, are also going to be in attendance.

For more information on Hack Attack, and to register, head over to their website.

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