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Welcome to HellBound Hackers

Welcome to HellBound Hackers. The hands-on approach to computer security.
Learn how hackers break in, and how to keep them out.
Please register to benefit from extra features and our simulated security challenges.

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Latest Challenges:

Stegano 27 by Euforia33.
Stegano 26 by Euforia33.
Stegano 25 by Euforia33.
Application 17 by 4rm4g3dd0n.


: : Website News : :

Forward Secrecy & Strict Transport Security

Today we implemented Forward Secrecy in order to improve the security and privacy of HBH. Forward Secrecy "should" make it "impossible" to eavesdrop on data being transmitted from your browser to HBH's servers. We also have Strict Transport Security enabled.

You can check the report on our SSL here. The SSL report is provided by Qualys SSL Labs

Also we have updated PHP so a few page may be offline, if you find any please report them here.

We have also updated the Development page so you can all see what we are working on and things we would like to do. Feel free to post your thoughts on the current projects.

Also we have updated the Change Log to reflect these changes.

Points for Creating Challenges & Points for Hall of Fame entries have been returned to the accounts that lost them.

Ranking System Changes

Since the points reset, We have had a lot of complaints about administrators being in the top ten on the rankings page. The current Admin staff have been here for a while and had already completed the challenges BUT to keep everyone happy, Administrators will no longer be included in the points rankings and will be unranked in their profiles.

On another note Real 15 IS up and running fine.

UPDATE: Real 9 an 10 are also now back up.


Changes to HBH

All Members Read This!

There has been a few changes to HBH over the past few weeks. Here are a list of changes and some reason why:

We have removed the old database tables and reset the points. This is due to old and corrupted accounts and no way for other members to get on the score board, Points cannot and will not be reinstated. We have also removed user accounts that haven\'t logged in in over a year.

We have two new staff members Euforia33 & rex_mundi they have been a great help to HBH over the years!

We also have improved the forum and replaced some old code which should make things faster.


HBH Staff

PHP Upgrade and New Challenges

Due to the recent upgrade in the PHP on the server, Some pages may not display properly and a few challenges will be offline. Basic 26, Real 7, 9 Will be Offline till I get them recoded.

Realistic 17 is back up and running.

On the other hand, The Application page is completely redone to make it easier to submit your answers.

I\'m going to upload a few new challenges to keep everyone occupied while I work on the site.

Any bugs you see please submit them, Any Vulnerabilities Pm me them directly.

UPDATE: Application 17 by 4rm4g3dd0n released today.

UPDATED UPDATE: Stegano 25, 26 and 27 by Euforia33 released also!

UPDATED UPDATE UPDATE: Mordak has bought HBH a proper SSL Cert.

UPDATED UPDATED UPDATE UPDATE: HBH Change log is now active.


New Challenge Released Today

New Stegano challenge released today! Stegano 24 by shadowls.
This is a tough one, Took a while to figure it.
So have fun. More on the way.

Also bugs fixed in Javascript 5, Real 5 and Tracking 2.
Update: Pentest Challenges are back online. Real 7 & 9 are down till further notice Along with Real 17. All other challenges are fixed.

If you have any problems submit them as a bug.

Exclusive Membership is working again.


: : Computer News : :

New vulnerability found in SSL called “Logjam”

After Heartbleed, there is another major security issue in SSL that affects a millions of websites.
The bug affects an algorithm called “Diffie–Hellman key exchange“, which allows two parties that have never met before to negotiate a shared key over an insecure channel.
The vulnerability affects an estimated 8.4 percent of top one million websites, along with huge number of mail servers.
A number of security researchers from different organisations and universities, have discovered a number of security issue in this algorithm, and published a report that explains about the flaw.
The attacks allow man-in-the-middle (MITM) to downgrade HTTPS connections to 512-bit cryptography.
You can check whether you browser is vulnerable or not through this site.At the time of writing this article this site shows that both Chrome and Firefox are vulnerable to this flaw, while Internet Explorer is safe from Logjam vulnerability.
We recommend to this guide if you system admin of a server.


A few days ago we reported that Google had secretly been rolling out a Phantom algorithm that at the time the search engine giant kept under raps, yet thousands of webmasters noted as rankings and traffic fluctuated.
And we finally have some confirmation that the Phantom (as the secretive update was named at the time) was indeed a Google update.
The update was not a web spam focused change, but indeed a general tweaking of the core search quality algorithm.
John Mueller, one of Google’s primary techies (Webmaster Trends Analyst to be precise), said that on the 1st of May there was a major update – which he confirmed in one of his regular Google+ Hangouts with webmasters yesterday.
He said: “Essentially this is something where we are not… calling this anything specific.
“This is essentially just a normal algorithm update that we make all the time, and sometimes that is something that affects more sites and sometimes that is something that affects fewer sites.
“But essentially, we are working on trying to increase the relevance and the quality of the search results, and that is essentially just a normal update that was happening there. Nothing really specific.
“So if you are seeing changes within your sites traffic, impressions that are coming from search, I think that is something where you can work on your website in general and for most cases it is not something where there is any technical issue that you need to focus on and you would see that in Webmaster Tools.
“So if you’d like us to be more visible about these updates, focusing on your site and making it the best it can possible by is always a good strategy.”
Mueller also confirmed that Google are working at speeding up both the Panda and Penguin algorithms, with webmasters citing their frustration that Panda in particular hasn’t been updated in months.
“We are working on updates there,” Mueller said.
“I know it’s frustrating, if you’ve worked a lot on your website already to clean up these issues (poor quality content).
“The same applies to Penguin as well. Where maybe you cleaned up a lot of web spam issues and you are just waiting for things to kind of open up again – that is something we are definitely working on to… update that data again and make it a little bit faster.”

PayPal Confirms Bitcoin Acceptance Option at SEC Ahead of EBay Split.

PayPal has formally indicated that its merchants may now begin accepting bitcoin as one of their integrated payment methods.

In a filing at the Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) published today, the company details its future as a separate entity from eBay, a split which is due to occur by the end of 2015. In discussing its innovations, specifically Braintree, PayPal definitively mentions “digital currencies such as Bitcoin” as an official tool for merchants to use.

The extract from the extensive filing reads:

“A merchant can typically open a standard PayPal account and begin accepting payments through PayPal within a few minutes. Most online or mobile merchants can onboard quickly and are not required to invest in new or specialized hardware. Our Payments Platform supports growth with a variety of value-added services designed to help businesses of all sizes manage their cash flow, invoice clients, pay bills, and reduce the need for merchants to receive and store sensitive customer financial information. For our standard service, we do not charge merchants setup or recurring fees. A merchant can also integrate with Braintree to begin accepting payments with credit or debit cards, PayPal, Venmo, digital currencies such as Bitcoin, or other payment solutions with a single integration.”

PayPal added that the tools such as Braintree, a mobile payments platform jointly partnered with Coinbase, BitPay and GoCoin, “are designed to help merchants increase the conversion rate of consumer purchases on their websites and mobile applications.”

The official statement comes as little surprise in and of itself, with PayPal having hinted at Bitcoin integration in one or more forms since August 2014 when news of the Coinbase partnership broke. A private beta of the service was made available in January 2015 with Coinbase confirming on its blog:

“After working closely with Braintree over the past few months, we are excited to announce that Braintree has opened up private beta access to accept bitcoin for all of its U.S.-based merchants. Braintree merchants can now accept bitcoin by creating a Coinbase account and adding a few lines of code to their existing Braintree integration.”

Nonetheless, PayPal is yet to provide further details on the full extent of its plans for Bitcoin or the other cryptocurrencies supported by its partners, which in the case of GoCoin also include Dogecoin and Litecoin. EBay meanwhile has been supportive of the move, its president Devin Wenig stating that “Both eBay and PayPal are open to [Bitcoin]—PayPal is experimenting with it—and through our relationship we’re likely to do the same. I am very open to it.”