ProtectStar to launch the FollyCrack Crackers’ competition

crack the code and win US$ 5000

Bradenton, FL, USA, (PresseBox) - Independent international IT and communications security specialist ProtectStar™ Inc. has given Christmas crackers new meaning in its new winter competition – FollyCrack – aimed at encryption enthusiasts.

The aim of the FollyCrack competition is to crack the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algorithm in a new version developed by ProtectStar™ Research, or ProtectStar™ AES for short. ProtectStar™ has put up USD 5,000 in prize money for the successful cracker.

The competition is aimed at young experts at mathematics and encryption. FollyCrack is part of the ProtectStar™ young talent promotion programme, targeting young people aged sixteen to twenty-five.

Please refer to for more details on the FollyCrack winter competition.

ProtectStar, Inc.

ProtectStar™ Inc. is an independent, internationally active IT and communications security specialist based in Bradenton, USA; its main activities encompass IT security, IT consultations and other IT-related services.

The ProtectStar™ AWARD helped ProtectStar™ TestLab reach its international acclaim. The TestLab continuously runs intensive security tests on products from brand-name manufacturers. Known for their specialised information content, these thorough test reports make an impact at international trade fairs, road shows and in specialist magazines.
ProtectStar™ was the first IT security company to test and evaluate mobile consumer electronics devices such as PDAs, mobile phones and smartphones for security risks.

In 2005, ProtectStar™ established its Intelligent Quality Management and Marketing (IQMM) Department in London to increase its own value-added services. IQMM subjects IT security solutions currently on the market and those just launched using innovative quality and test cycles in a highly effective sense-and-respond system.

Established in 2007, ProtectStar™ Research & Development works on developing efficient encryption and deletion algorithms.

The ProtectStar™ Group has addressed social disadvantage and education shortfalls – also in IT and information security – with the ProtectStar™ Foundation NPO and Pixels4Help online aid project founded in 2006.

The Group’s efforts will emphasise mobile and communications security in the short and medium term, responding to the trend towards mobile computing.

Please refer to the following websites for more information:

- ProtectStar™ Group: /
- ProtectStar™ TestLab:
- ProtectStar™ Research & Development:
- ProtectStar™ Foundation:
- ProtectStar™ Foundation / Pixels4Help:

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