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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.

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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.


: : Computer News : :

Self-taught hackers rule

High-Tech Bridge CEO: Better cybersecurity depends on better white-hat hackers and on governments worldwide upping the consequences for flouting rigorous security standards.

Ilio Kolochenko, CEO of High-Tech Bridge, a Swiss information security company, gave the keynote address on governments role in cybersecurity this past Sunday at the Regional cybersecurity Summit in Oman.

Before his speech, he talked with CSO about why self-taught hackers are generally superior to those who go through a formal certification program, and why compliance with cybersecurity standards will remain low unless governments make it very painful to ignore it.

A recent story in The Independent said the UK Governments Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), through approval of certain Masters programs, had created, "the first certified degrees for spies." Is it accurate to call a degree in cybersecurity a degree in spying?

I would say not. Obviously some governments activities may be reasonably called "spying", but we should not forget that national security experts are required to use intrusive techniques to protect the nations interests.

AOL Mail hacked, dont open that iffy-looking email you got from an AOL account

If youve received any strange looking emails, you might want to refrain from touching them. AOL Mail has been compromised by hackers, and people are getting tainted emails, according to PCMag.

However, this isnt your run-of-the-mill case of hackers taking control of peoples accounts and using them for nefarious purposes. The cyber criminals are employing a method called spoofing to fool people into opening these messages.

Heres how AOL describes spoofing, according to this official blog post

"Spoofing is when a spammer sends out emails using your email address in the From: field. The idea is to make it seem like the message is from you – in order to trick people into opening it."

Bank of England to employ hackers

The Bank of England is set to employ ethical hacking and penetration testing in an effort to strengthen cyber security of banks and other financial institutions.

The scheme, as reported by The Financial Times, is known as cyber threat and vulnerability management and will be overseen by the Bank of Englands director of the UKs special resolution unit, Andrew Gracie. The purpose is to test the defences of more than 20 major banks against the types of attack theyre likely to experience from hackers and other cyber criminals.

Ethical hackers will therefore use the latest methods employed by hackers working for criminal gangs, terrorist cells and rogue states in order to examine the defensive capabilities of banks when it comes to protecting against cyber attacks. Financial services firms likely to participate in the scheme reportedly include Royal Bank of Scotland and the London Stock Exchange.