The cloud industry’s biggest issue right now is security , with every cloud service making or breaking its reputation upon the rocks of how well they purport to secure customers’ data. Well, Tresorit, the reputable encrypted file sharing and cloud storage company, recently maintained its reputation by surviving a self hosted $25,000 hackathon.
Of course, the breaches in security by providers such as Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and other major cloud providers are simply accepted as status-quo, because if the US government demands certain records, the above mentioned cloud storage providers are obliged to provide those records.
But Tresorit aims to break the status-quo, and break it with a sledgehammer. Developed by friends Istvan Lam, Gyorgy Szilagyi and Szilveszter Szebeni, the Swiss and Hungary based cloud storage provider basically claims to be one the most secure and hacker-proof on earth, and they backed up that claim recently by surviving a self hosted $25,000 hackathon challenge.
Invitations were sent out worldwide, inviting the best and brightest hacking minds from various universities for a two month long event that pitted the best in the business against Tresorit’s anti-intrusion coding. For some reason, this story is highly reminiscent of the plot from Mortal Kombat.
Coders and programmers from universities such as MIT, Oxford and Princeton all failed to break the proprietary code that was developed by the three amigos of Tresorit, and honed in the Swiss cyber-security lab, CrySyS.
But this isn’t the first time Tresorit ( a play on the German word “Tressor,” which means “safe”) have hosted and bested some of the most brilliant code detectives on the planet, as the company has run hackathons since 2010 — when it used to offer $10,000 to anyone that could crack their code, the price was more than doubled this year.
The Tresorit Security Safe
How exactly does the company keep its files so secure? Well, no one’s absolutely sure, but we do know for a fact that client-side AES-256 encryption is used before uploads, and HMAC authentication codes applied via SHA-512 hashes are used to secure files themselves. The company also assures us they have no clue about what’s stored on their servers, evidenced by this statement on their website:
“We NEVER collect or store your files, encryption keys and passwords in unencrypted or invertible form. Files and some corresponding encryption keys can only be decrypted by the people you have explicitly shared with.”
With 5 GB offered as an incentive to sign up, we’ve tested Tresorit against the following cloud providers:
- Google Drive (which recently received a price drop)
What do you think of a cloud provider that claims to be hacker-proof? Let us know your thoughts on the issue in the comments section below. And remember, the $25,000 challenge is open to anyone, so click here for further details; if you’re itching for a code-breaking exercise that’s truly testing.