Apply to be a Pentester

If you would like to help improve IRC while learning security, we would love to have you join our team as a pentester.

Your Reward

  1. Join IRCNow Staff
  2. Free OpenBSD VPS
  3. Learn UNIX sysadmin and learn about security
  4. Learn to find and defend against exploits in code
  5. Hang out with friends while improving IRC
  6. Add a new work experience for your CV/resume
  7. Help improve freedom on the internet

We would like to someday pay salaries to our staff, but we cannot afford to do so at this time.

How to Apply

  1. If you are completely new to UNIX, you must first request a shell account
  2. Learn the system by following our UNIX tutorials. We require all applicants finish training tutorials before applying.
  3. Learn how to ask smart questions.
  4. Take the time to learn OpenBSD.
  5. Become familiar with our goals for IRC and our commitment to user freedom.
  6. If you'd like to root access to a real server, we ask you please send your resume to Please provide your full legal name, phone number, and work references or websites or projects you have worked on. We'll then conduct an interview, and if all goes well, we'll invite you to our team.
  7. If you'd prefer to remain anonymous, please contact us for an interview. If you find a security hole, please let us know: we appreciate your help!

Your Duties

  1. Commit to help your team for a minimum of 5 hours per week
  2. Work on security for the IRCNow network (see the IRCNow Roadmap)
  3. You can optionally test security of third party software on our network
  4. You must be willing to help with documentation, patching security issues, and customer support