Thursday, April 10, 2008

A most unusual call for participation

Get Paid to Find 'Back Doors'
A security research and training group is offering up to $20,000 in grants to anyone with computer programming chops who can help locate and close hidden "back doors" in commercial hardware and software.

According to the Bethesda, Md.-based SANS Institute -- the group offering the grants, hundreds of millions of devices -- from printers to Internet routers and storage systems -- are being placed on networks with built-in back doors. Software and hardware makers have for years quietly built these remote administration tools into their products, mainly to help customers troubleshoot the devices.

This is an excellent publicity stunt by SANS, and it will be good publicity for any security consultant who wants to participate.

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