The big lie of computer security is that security improves by imposing complex passwords on users. In real life, people write down anything they can't remember. Security is increased by designing for the way humans actually behave. -Jakob Nielsen
It takes a surprising amount of technology to operate HackThisSite efficiently with as much uptime and availability as possible. This page details a question commonly asked of us: "What runs HackThisSite?"
Due to the fact that we require high-availability across multiple geographical locations, we also utilize a series of dedicated, virtualized, and shell servers around the world. They are throughout various locations in the
United States and other outside nations including Sweden and Germany. This allows us to ensure that, through various data protections maneuvers, HackThisSite is spread worldwide.
To provide all the services we do, HackThisSite utilizes a very large assortment of software, some made in-house, but mostly heavily customized and configured free and open source software.
Software We Develop
The code that runs the entire main HackThisSite website, from the main landing page to the missions themself, are all developed by a team of skilled developers. The only exception to this are the forums, which use phpBB.
Software We Use
While this list is nowhere near comprehensive, these are some of the software that we use the most: