Hackers take up security challenge

MORE than 50 international hackers as well as some banks and defence department personnel are this month trying to beat a Perth computer security system.

The first person breaking in and emailing the line of text to the designated contact will be free to nominate a charity and the company will pay out US$10,000.

If the hackers fail, then US$1 million will be paid to the US “Make a Wish Foundation” charity by the company when it sells the rights of the new invention.

The challenge period is 30 days starting from Monday, January 29 and will cease at midnight on February 28.

The computer has the name of an international banking company, an email address and a line of text and it is this that the hackers need to get.

The WA company challenging the hackers of the world, including security companies and international military, to break into its computer, is Secure Systems.

It claims it has developed the most secure anti-hacking device in the world, dubbed Silicon Valley Vaults, and is out to prove it.

It is, they say, the first ever hardware solution to hacking and virus prevention and guarantees 100 per cent protection.

Says CEO Michael Weir, “All other anti-hacking solutions are software-based. They are effective up to a point but they leave the back door open.

“Our device is a hardware component that is installed inside the computer and doesn’t let anything in through the back door.

“It is 100 per cent effective.”

“It locks the data away in a ‘vault’ and restricts access except to those who have security clearance.

“And that security clearance can be at several levels at the discretion of the company.”

Mr Weir says his company has spent three years developing the device and within eight weeks a miniaturised version will be available that can be installed in laptops.

He is already talking to three US companies and one European organisation with a view to doing a deal for the rights and patents.

Mr Weir says his company is focused on developing and inventing and has no interest in manufacturing.

“We would rather have Intel or one of the large computer companies handle it – our work is done,” he said,

Well it will be when they prove hackers can’t get in.

Mr Weir says his company is in discussions with four companies, three in the US and one in Europe.

Interested hackers may register on where they will be issued with an electronic address where the SDV is located, and they can commence their challenge to break in to the “vault”.

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