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Little-known Argus' PitBull security software is virtually impenetrable to hackers

One of the highlights at the July 28 Def Con, an annual hackers gathering in Las Vegas, is a game called Capture the Flag. In this contest of digital mastery, rivals break into two groups: One defends its computers against attacks, and another tries furiously to tear down those defenses. Some 20 computer systems were assaulted during the challenge. The only system that completely stonewalled the hackers was a machine protected by software from Argus Systems Group Inc. Argus even handed out passwords and encryption keys to the hackers. "Normally, if I have the passwords, the machine would be mine," says Riley "caezar" Eller, leader of the Ghetto Hackers, which wormed its way into most of the computer systems.

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