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Reverse-engineering contest to start Monday

The Honeynet Project, a group of security researchers that create networks of computers to lure hackers in for observation, will kick off the Reverse Engineering Challenge on Monday. The contest provides interested programmers with the program code found on a compromised Honeynet system. The code is a program that hasn't been seen before, but helps an intruder turn a compromised system into a zombie server, fully controlled by an intruder. Participants in the challenge will have four weeks to decode the program and submit their work to the Honeynet team.

The Honeynet Project, a group of security researchers that create networks of computers to lure hackers in for observation, will kick off the Reverse Engineering Challenge on Monday.

The contest provides interested programmers with the program code found on a compromised Honeynet system. The code is a program that hasn't been seen before, but helps an intruder turn a compromised system into a zombie server, fully controlled by an intruder. Participants in the challenge will have four weeks to decode the program and submit their work to the Honeynet team.