Astaro Corporation Donates Appliances to Hacker Spaces' Warzone Initiative

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Astaro Security Gateway will help hackers identify potential network vulnerabilities.

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When we began organizing the Warzone Project we knew we needed a trusted security product for the program to be successful

Astaro Corporation (], a leading network security vendor, today announced that Astaro has donated three Astaro Security Gateway appliances to the Warzone Project, a joint research venture between multiple hacker spaces in the United States. The Warzone Project creates a secure private network between hacker spaces around the country for information security research.

Hacker spaces are community-operated physical spaces where people meet and collaborate on all forms of technology, culture and crafts in new and interesting ways. Members are encouraged to share research and discoveries and use what they learn to help educate others.

Astaro donated three Astaro Security Gateway appliances to this group as part of the company's ongoing commitment to educating the technology community about network security. The Astaro Security Gateways will be used to interconnect and build the Warzone infrastructure. Additionally, the Astaro Security Gateways will provide insight into traffic patterns helping the Warzone hackers identify potential vulnerabilities and develop attack defenses.

"When we began organizing the Warzone Project we knew we needed a trusted security product for the program to be successful," said Bill Swearingen (alias: hevnsnt) of the Cowtown Computer Congress. "We approached Astaro to sponsor our events by donating the appliances because the Astaro Security Gateway offers a reliable Intrusion Protection System that was ideal for testing the effectiveness of real-world attacks, and for helping us to develop security standards."

There is a common misconception that people who identify as hackers are criminals or engaged in other unethical activities. In reality hackers are simply knowledgeable technology and security enthusiasts.

"Hacker spaces and the Warzone project are helping to combat the negative image hackers have acquired by demonstrating that most hackers are not engaged in criminal activity and are more interested in finding and sharing information; including possible network vulnerabilities," said David Rogers, Vice President, Americas, Astaro Corporation. "Astaro is proud to be a part of initiatives like the Hacker space Warzone project because they will help network administrators and security vendors create more secure environments."

The Warzone project will entail a secure "darknet", connecting hacker spaces from around the country and creating a sandbox environment for both offensive and defensive research. The first hacker spaces to participate are the Cowtown Computer Congress in Kansas City and Pumping Station: One in Chicago.

About Cowtown Computer Congress:

The Cowtown Computer Congress (CCCKC) is a not for profit technology cooperative founded to advance technology of all kinds. They are a member supported organization providing technology classes, workshops and services to the public free of charge. CCCKC brings together some of the finest minds in the midwest to collaborate on research and projects for other local groups. Through their affiliate program, CCCKC gives assistance to specialized technology user groups by providing them with a facility to hold meetings and work on projects of their own.
CCCKC's Underground Lab is located 85 feet below the surface of the earth at 31st Street and Southwest Trafficway in Kansas City, Missouri.

About Pumping Station:

Pumping Station: One, NFP, is a space to facilitate creativity in and through the merging of art, technology, and culture. Members enjoy a diverse community of peers to collaborate with, classes and workshops on subjects from electronics and programming to welding and home beer brewing, and 24-hour access to a huge variety of tools, equipment, and resources for just about any project imaginable. Pumping Station: One is located at 3354 N. Elston Ave in Chicago, Illinois. To learn more, visit This is an Illinois Not-For-Profit organization.

About Astaro Corporation:

Astaro offers the most complete and easy to use Internet security appliances available. Combining best of breed applications, the proven quality of Linux and enterprise level performance, Astaro's award-winning products provide the latest protection with the best total cost of ownership. Software, hardware and virtual appliance offerings provide users the flexibility to meet a wide variety of deployment scenarios. Distributed by a growing worldwide network of more than 3,000 resellers, Astaro products protect over 100,000 networks for 47,000 customers across 60 countries. Astaro, headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts, USA and Karlsruhe, Germany, offers free downloads of its products at


Jessica Lavery-Pozerski
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