welcomes hackers

Two Spanish security experts are inviting computer buffs to participate in a competition to deface a Web site on a production server.

This isn’t the first time a group of security professionals has challenged people to hack computer systems, nor will it be the last. What’s unusual about this contest, even if it’s not unique, is the target: a production server running Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 2000 operating system and chock-full with other software, including Microsoft’s Outlook Web Access, Firewall-1 NG from Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., Apache 2.0 from the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and WebTrends Log Analyzer from NetIQ Corp.

The Web site, which also serves as the name of the competition, is The competition is being staged by Hugo V