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Welcome to HellBound Hackers

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Learn how hackers break in, and how to keep them out.
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Latest Challenges:

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

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: : Website News : :

A few HBH Updates

We have pushed some fixes out to some of the broken challenges.

Real7 is now back online!

Please check the status page before asking if a challenge is down.

We will have some big news about HBH coming soon, If you want to help out with beta testing this big news please let rex_mundi know so we can add you to the list.

Any EM members are already on the list :)


If you have questions about this big news feel free to post them in the following thread.

~ Mordak

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.

korg

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.

Thanks

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.

korg

: : Computer News : :

More Play Store Apps Found To Be Malware

As many as 13 games available to download in the Google Play Store were actually Android malware and downloaded more than 560,000 times.

The apps, listed as car and truck simulators and racing games, are no longer on the store, after an Android security researcher found that the games were just a cover to download malware in the background.

A Google spokesperson confirmed the apps were removed from the store.  Providing a safe and secure experience for our users is our top priority. We appreciate the researchers report and their efforts to help make Google Play more secure. The apps violated our policies and have been removed from the Play Store.

The apps all came from a developer named Luiz O Pinto. A page on app discovery portal Softonic lists all the apps the researcher says were infecting users and that Google has since removed. On that site, every app lists zero downloads.

But, if the 560,000 installs is an accurate number, this is one of the biggest breaches the Google Play Store has experienced.

Facial Recognition to Span All Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport will start a comprehensive roll out of biometrics technology next summer, bringing facial recognition to each point of the departing passengers journey, from check-in, bag drop and security clearance, to boarding.

The £50 million project, touted by the airport as the worlds largest biometrics roll out, looks to cut down on physical documents required to get through the various airport stages and speed up the transition of travellers.

The airport will be working with a number of companies for the rollout, including Yoti and camera provider Aurora.

 Digital identity supplier Yoti will work with the airport for the system. An initial proof of concept at the airport allowed travellers to use the Yoti app to share both passport and biometrics information, with the option to check in before they arrive at the airport.

UK supermarkets plan facial recognition trials.

Asda, Morrisons and Tesco are in the frame for a facial recognition technology trial at the checkout desk, to enable customers to buy beer and cigarettes, without requiring the intervention of shop staff.

The technology will be rolled out at self-service checkouts in 2019 and, if successful, trialled more widely.

The pilot project is being led by NCR, one of the worlds largest providers of checkout and self-service technology. Its UK customers include Asda, Morrisons and Tesco. The company will integrate what it describes as an AI-powered camera into the machines, which will be used to estimate the age of shoppers when they buy age restricted items.

The aim, of course, is to reduce the need for staff intervention in sales of age-restricted items.

Robin Tombs, CEO of digital identity app Yoti, which partnered with NCR on the scheme, told The Telegraph: Waiting for age approval at self-checkouts is a source of frustration for many shoppers, who just want to get home as quickly as possible.

Our integration with NCR delivers a frictionless and innovative way for customers to prove their age in seconds. It is a simple process that helps retailers meet the requirements of regulators worldwide.

Tombs added that the facial recognition system would not retain any visual information about the shoppers, post-purchase. However, regulars will be able to expedite the purchasing process by uploading their mugshots and providing a form of identity in order to use the Yoti app.