'Hacking Challenge' Winners Allege $43,000 Contest Rip-Off

Eighteen months after Argus Systems challenged the hacker world to crack its PitBull security product in a much-ballyhooed global contest, the winners say they're still waiting for their prize money. Did Argus bet more than it could afford to lose?

It must have seemed a masterstroke of marketing genius at the time. A formerly-obscure security software company organizes a series of high-profile contests aimed at showing that even with a sizable cash prize dangling as a reward, the world's best hackers can't crack a Web server protected by the company's flagship product.

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