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Discovered: Criminal hackers with hacking competitions

Sophos X-Ops uncovers hacker research competitions on criminal online forums to innovate and overcome security hurdles in a new report. These cybercriminal research competitions also award individual prizes of up to $80.000. Sophos X-Ops describes in its new report “For the win? Offensive Research Contests on Criminal Forums” Hacker research contests conducted by cybercrime forums to drive new attack innovations. The competitions focus on new attack and evasion methods and reflect cybercrime trends such as taking down AV/EDR, cryptocurrency fraud and setting up command-and-control infrastructures. Hacker groups compete to find new…

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