A Dueling section encourages well-matched hackers to test their skills to establish a leader. Resources offers tips, links to code and other shared information. A War Room lets members exchange tips in relative privacy.
Top hackers are listed on a Leader Board that looks like the Unix greenscreen version of a golf scoreboard.
Top hacks are posted according to the number of points earned by the hacker involved. Bigger sites, tighter security and the skill involved in bypassing it are all considered in awarding points.
Once a site is compromised, though, its' done. Unless it's a really big site and a second hack uses vastly different methods or different location in the owner's network, RankMyHack won't even accept a nomination.
That, at least, should head off serial hacks of companies such as Sony, who could get hit in one place, and then in a second, third, or eighteenth before having time for (or bothering to) improve security enough to stop it.
Currently No. 1 hacker Mudkip also has the No. 1 hack – of Huffingtonpost.com on Aug. 1.
RankMyHack.com could treat hacking more like a sweaty outdoor sport than an indoor, intellectual, puzzle-solving, society-challenging obsession by iconoclasts with networking or Unix administration skills.
It doesn't. It is designed with enough opportunities for tournament competition and for one-on-one challenge matches, but treats the whole field as more than just a way to rack up points in a video game losers live in every minute they're not working.
It's not noble in intent, however, at least not on the social or political scale of other recent hack-centric publicity vortices. It does offer one way to identify Good Works hackers can participate in, even if it doesn't make that big a deal about them as a higher mission, or anything:
"The Bounty section of this site was created in an attempt to focus the abilities of talented hackers against political and government forces that need to be put back in line," s0lar wrote. "This site isn't the next Anonymous or the next Lulzsec, this site is for every hacker that wants to use it regardless of country of origin, ethos, philosophy. Bounties just provide a politically constructive target for hacker's talents regardless of ability."
Bounties aren't just high-falutin' goals, though. Any site can be put out as a Bounty at any time for any reason, not just for crimes against humanity.
"If your site has a bounty on it," s0lar summarizes, "you must have done something to piss people off."