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Software firm lays down a prize challenge to hackers



Wick Hill is so confident that its network security product cannot be broken into that it set a hacking challenge to CeBIT visitors last week.

Anyone who manages to break into a word processing file on a Windows 95 PC protected using Wick Hill's Norman Access Control software will win a flight in a Mig fighter plane with one of Russia's top military pilots.

The challenge involves a CeBIT visitor logging onto the Windows 95 machine without using the administration password, accessing the document and demonstrating it can be read.

Norman Access Control software (Nac) is designed to prevent unauthorised access to PCs. Users log into their computers with a user name and password.

The software supports smart card and fingerprint recognition-based authentication.

Wick Hill says that Norman can freeze a PC system's settings, stopping users from altering them and preventing data from being copied and pasted between protected applications. It also encrypts hard disc data.

Wick Hill product marketing manager, Johanna Severinsson is confident that Nac will meet the challenge. "We are very confident in Nac's safeguards and are prepared to put that conviction on the line."

Alongside the Mig fighter hacking CeBIT challenge, Wick Hill demonstrated the WRQ Reflection Web-to-host software for providing Web access to mainframe applications.


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