02 Aug 2012

Enforcing Cyber Security with Handgun Giveaway

Following a cyber-attack on The Daily Caller’s website that enabled pop-up porn ads, the right-wing publication set up a two-week giveaway offering a semi-automatic handgun to the person who identifies the hacker.

Promoted as “The Daily Caller Gun Giveaway”, the conservative publication is parting with two American-made FMK 9C1 engraved with the Bill of Rights. The DC says the two-week challenge gives enough time to other hackers to trace and point out the attacker.

“The FMK 9C1 is an American-made high capacity 9mm designed by Jim Pontillo and manufactured in California. Each gun is engraved with the Bill of Rights,” says The Daily Caller. “We want to find out who did it and hold them responsible. So for Weeks 11 and 12 we have a joint two-part gun giveaway offer.”

The second handgun will be given for writing an essay on how the hacker should be punished once identified. The ruling will be made based on how funny and inventive the essay is, and it will also be published on their website.

“For all of you readers out there who aren’t Internet sleuths we have a second way to win: Write an essay telling us what you think we should do with the hacker when we find him,” said The DC.

The pornographic ads caused the website to be classified as “unsafe” by Google for the better part of a day and affected the credibility of the website.