Hackers now have their own high-profile "ethical hacking" social network, Techworld.com reports. Backed by GnuCitizen, the network, called House of Hackers, has enrolled more than 1,000 members since its recent launch, according to the site. Officials note that the network is built on Ning, which enables users to establish ad-hoc social networks and create customized add-ons using the Google-backed Open Social API. According to Techworld, GnuCitizen created the network to promote collaboration among security researchers, dubbed as “hackers” in the complementary sense, the site's founders says. He adds that “the network is designed to enable its members to exchange ideas with each other, communicate, form groups, elite circles and tiger/red teams, conglomerate around projects and participate in a hacker recruitment market.” Officials also note that group creation tool on the network may be useful for setting up ad-hoc penetration testing teams, adding that organizers could use the site's events features to test out planned events (Broersma, Techworld.com/PC World, 5/12/08).