U.S. Offers $50,000 In ‘Shredder Challenge’


ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 29 (UPI) — The research arm of the U.S. military is offering a $50,000 prize to the person who presents the best way to piece together shredded documents.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said participants in the “shredder challenge,” which began in October and ends Dec. 4, are asked to find a fast and cost-effective method of reconstituting the “shredded” documents posted on the contest Web site, www.shredderchallenge.com, and then solve the puzzles contained in the documents, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported Monday.

Officials said four of the five challenges have been solved thus far, with teams using methods including computer programming and piecing the documents together by hand.

“We’ve been utterly pleased with the results so far,” said Norm Whitaker, deputy director of DARPA’s information innovation office.

DARPA said the goal of the project is to find an efficient way to piece together shredded documents that may contain valuable information about the country’s enemies.

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