MEDFORD, Mass., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite more than 5.25 million attack attempts, eWEEK's OpenHack III survived a major test of Web security in its public challenge to penetrate and corrupt an Internet service provider (ISP) and a fictitious e-commerce site established by Argus Systems Group. The test was part of the newsweekly's attempt to minimize real-world Web disasters. An estimated 100,000 to 200,000 individual hackers failed to penetrate three market-leading platforms -- Sun Solaris 7, IBM AIX 4.3.3 and Red Hat Linux -- each of which was secured by Argus's proprietary PitBull intrusion-prevention system. The Jan. 15-31 competition, audited by eWeek, set four criteria to determine an attack on each of the platforms. Argus had offered $50,000 as the top prize to the hacker who accomplished all four test challenges. Not one level of the challenge was hacked. "Since we can't trust applications to be secure, we need to push security controls deeper into the very heart of the operating systems," said Timothy Dyck, West Coast technical director of the eWEEK Labs. "Trusted operating systems show us one time-proven way to do that." Argus Chief Operating Officer Steve Oetegenn said: "There are many smart people who tested the system and were able to exploit flaws in multiple applications that were on the operating system. If it weren't for the secure O/S, users would have been able to violate the integrity of the systems." Oetegenn indicated that the prize money which would have been awarded to successful hijacks would instead be distributed among the engineers who developed the Argus intrusion-prevention system. OpenHack III was the third in a series of tests conducted by eWEEK because the newsweekly feels that the only way to test Web-based security is to expose solutions to a real-world environment. The first, conducted in September 1999, evaluated the security of Windows NT 4 and of Linux. A June 2000 challenge included five different operating system platforms, a true e-commerce application and multiple layers of intrusion detection. The previous challenges were hacked. About Argus Systems Group, Inc. Argus Systems Group, Inc., a privately held company headquartered in Savoy, Ill., offers a full suite of e-business security solutions and applications. Argus is committed to providing state-of-the-art security solutions for emerging next economy environments. Argus supplies the only trusted OS-based intrusion prevention system available to support multiple platforms, from desktop to enterprise server. Additional information regarding Argus Systems Group, is available at the company's Web site, http://www.argus-systems.com. About eWEEK eWEEK reaches 400,000 core IT buyers at 257,573 fully Internet-connected sites that are currently conducting e-business. These leading e-business IT buyers purchase Internet and intranet products and services, networking and systems products in volume for their enterprises and have an average budget authority of $21 million. (Source: June 2000 BPA). eWEEK's award-winning editorial content focuses on e-commerce, communications and Internet-based architecture, enabling its readers to successfully evaluate, deploy and leverage new technology solutions for competitive advantage in today's Internet economy. eWEEK delivers the most relevant news and reviews weekly in print, daily on the Web and via Webcast -- and through Net-based and face-to- face conferences. About Ziff Davis Media Inc. Ziff Davis Media Inc. (http://www.ziffdavis.com) is the leading information authority for buying, using and experiencing technology and the Internet. It is the largest technology and Internet magazine publisher and the sixth largest magazine publisher in the United States. The company is also at the forefront in creating a new generation of consumer and business media that educate, entertain and empower people. In the U.S., Ziff Davis Media publishes 13 industry-leading business and consumer publications: PC Magazine, Ziff Davis SMART BUSINESS for the New Economy, Yahoo! Internet Life, FamilyPC, Expedia Travels, Electronic Gaming Monthly, Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine, Computer Gaming World, Expert Gamer, eWEEK, Interactive Week, Sm@rt Partner and The Net Economy. Through a joint venture with International Data Group (IDG), the company also publishes Macworld. Other Ziff Davis Media business units include Ziff Davis Custom Media, which provides custom and contract media solutions within the technology industry; Ziff Davis Media Brand Development, which manages brand development and licensing; eTesting Labs, the industry leader in Internet and technology testing; and Ziff Davis Internet, an Internet-related development group. The company also produces conferences, seminars and Webcasts.