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06 May 2008, 12:42

Social network for hackers launched

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Members of the Gnucitizen community have announced the House of Hackers Project. House of Hackers is intended to be a social network where hackers can make contacts, form groups, and exchange views. In addition, organizations and companies in the "hacker recruitment market" can post calls for project tenders, creating a kind of jobs board for members of the network.

Companies will pay a fee for each call for tenders to find security consultants or penetration testing teams. The network founders want to use the proceeds for various research projects that will soon be up and running. So far, more than 100 members have registered for the newly founded network.

The network is intended to give companies the opportunity to draw on a broad pool of security experts, while allowing "gifted security consultants to escape from their boring everyday routine and start a new life full of excitement and new opportunities". However, no clear statement has been made about how ethical or technical standards will be assured. Indeed, the site states "The market is open and it is only supervised by the House of Hackers board members". This should raise very real concerns such as recently led to the formation of a validation body for penetration testers in the UK.

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