Published On: Thu, Aug 7th, 2014

Checkmarx’ Online Game of Hacks Aims to Teach Programmers to Fight back


Checkmarx, an Israeli application security firm, this week released a new, crowdsourced, on line Game, dubbed Game of Hacks, which it says will allow firms to better detect security flaws .

The new game debuts at the Black Hat USA conference being held this week.

According to Checkmarx, which was founded in 2006, with a mission to guarantee that released software is free of technical and logical security vulnerabilities, the game was designed to help a user test his application’s hacking skills. It does so by providing already vulnerable pieces of code and the challenge is to detect the vulnerabilities as quickly as possible. Users can also add their own code to the game.

It is, basically, a multiple choice test which covers all sorts of languages, programs and operating systems, such as, Groovy, Java, Javascript, ASP, C++, PHP, SQL injection, XSS and Log forgery. It is available for use on both desktop and mobile devices and even offers a two player mode.

Chekmarx founder Maty Siman said the game is useful because “thinking like a hacker can ensure developers protect their applications from the most likely exploits. As mobile and web applications grow in popularity, protecting consumer information before it is put at risk is more important than ever.”

Asaph Schulman, Checkmarx VP of marketing, said, “We’ve been seeing a rise in hackers successfully exploiting vulnerabilities in applications’ codes – vulnerabilities that often exist from the early development stage of the software and remain undetected until it’s too late. We repeatedly hear security managers concerned about the secure coding knowledge of their development teams and are looking to provide more training. Game of Hacks was designed to sharpen developers’ security acumen in a fun and interactive way so many of the most common security vulnerabilities can be avoided in the first place.”

Checkmarx will be holding a Webinar on Tuesday, August 12th at 2 PM (SGT) in which it will discuss security managers’ top concerns and ways to resolve them. Subjects will include the top 5 challenges security managers are currently dealing with, the trending areas of risk organizations are facing today and where the budgets are spent and how Source Code Analysis provides a solution to the key concerns

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