Perhaps hackers are doing so well in other cybercrimes that they think $100,000 -- the weight of the gauntlet tossed to them from Gold Lock, which makes military-grade secure mobile communications devices and data encryption tools to try and crack its voice and data solutions -- is too puny to lift. So the Israel-based company has added more heft, to $250,000 in pure gold, to make sure the word hits the streets.
Gold Lock had announced its $100,000 Gold Challenge a month ago. The company posted a sample encrypted voice conversation on its web site and invited anyone to download and decrypt it. The company offered $100,000 in gold, as well as a position at the company, to the first person to send a transcript of the call.
While file downloads have been brisk, the company is turning up the heat. It reports well over one thousand downloads since it announced the challenge, but that’s not nearly as many as had been expected. By increasing the reward to $250,000, Gold Lock hopes to draw more challengers out of the shadows.
Increased threat levels globally have made secure voice and data communications a necessary part of doing business in both the public and private sectors. Gold Lock’s products protect their users from having sensitive business and personal information intercepted and used against them.
For example Gold Lock 3G can encrypt cellular and VoIP conversations, text messages and file transfers. Its has triple-layered security that turns PCs/laptops, Nokia (News - Alert) phones or Windows mobile devices into military-grade encrypted communication device, enabling users to protect themselves against interception attempts by private, government or military entities.
Gold Lock products utilize technology so powerful it says they have been licensed by the Israeli Ministry of Defense. For example, when protecting voice calls, Gold Lock automatically changes the keys multiple times for each call, a feature that makes it virtually impossible to zoom in on a specific set of keys and decrypt it.
Yet despite the complex technology taking place in the background, the company’s software and voice products require no technical skills to use. The company claims that if you can speak on a cell phone or upload a file to a computer, you have all the skills you need.
“Since 2003 we have been telling everyone how our products provide unbreakable protection for their voice and data transmissions, but talk is cheap,” says Noam Copel, Gold Lock’s CEO. “So now we are putting our claims to the ultimate test by inviting anyone that thinks they have the skills to take us down.”
The increased attention doesn’t worry him. “I don’t think there is a chance at all that I’ll be giving away the gold,” says Copel. “No individual, group or intelligence agency has the skills, technology or time needed to defeat our technology.”