RankMyHack lets hackers compete

Posted by Emma Woollacott

In recent months, long-time hackers have become just a little miffed with some of the new kids on the block and their automated DDoS attacks - script kiddies, they mutter, darkly.

And one UK hacker, Solar, has become annoyed enough to launch a new website aimed at separating the men from the boys.

RankMyHack does just what it says. Hackers - and around 700 have joined up so far - must submit evidence that they've actually carried out the attack they claim by planting a code somewhere on the compromised website.

"Up until now, when you met another hacker on an IRC or forum, there was no way to indicate if that hacker had any skills whatsoever, RankMyHack.com was built to give a clear indication of a hacker's general abilities," explains Solar.

"It also serves the purpose of tracking a hackers hacking achievements under their current alias, allowing for other hackers to quickly establish the calibre of hacker they are talking to."

Points are scored for the difficulty of the hack, as well as the size of the website. There are bounties for racist sites, as well as for those belonging to universities, the military and governments.

Right now, Mudkip is top of the leaderboard with a claimed hack of the Huffington Post, followed by Blackfan for an attack on Google.

Once players have amassed enough points, they can take part in duels.

"The dueling system was designed to increase the competative element of the website and to provide a hacked with the ability to challenge other hackers' abilities and damage their opponents' online reputation," says Solar.

The site's probably pretty popular with law enforcement, too.