Readers of this portal may have not been aware, but the 19th International Olympiad in Informatics ended last week in Zagreb, Croatia. There were total of 285 high school contestants from 77 countries, 11 of them were girls. The contestants were situated at the student dormitory of Stjepan Radic, while the contest and the opening and closing ceremony was held at the Zagreb Fair.
Each participating country can have a team with 4 contestants, a team leader, a deputy team leader, and one or more observers and/or guests. This year there was only one contestant with his team leader from Cuba, while the Egyptian team had about 20 members (next year’s olympiad will be in Egypt, so they wanted to get themselves very familiar with the organization of this year’s olympiad).
Doing penetration tests can bring sometimes surprising results. But doing penetration tests on critical targets should not bring any surprising results. As Forbes few days ago informed, Scott Lunsford was offered to penetrate into nuclear power station.
As owner of the plant claimed, critical components could not né accessed from the Internet.“It turned out to be one of the easiest penetration tests I’d ever done,” Lunsford said.
Second Life is real phenomenon — it is not only virtual world or place for online fun. It seems, it’s a place for business, fun, leisure… But if you think, it’s ideal world, forget it. It is not. Second Life seems to get diseases from Internet or real world and as we already stated in article about Second Life, it needs strong regulations, otherwise there will be more problems.
Just consider, online gambling on the Internet is widespread and daily you find lot of spam messages, which tell you about gambling possibilities. Casinos and other hazard games arrived also into Second Life. Since everything there is only piece of code, it might be created to make profit for the publisher of the game, not for the player.
According to informations provided by the authorities, the Public prosecution service and the Civil Police had yesterday fulfilled 29 arrest warrants in three states at the south of Brazil.
The group had 3 members in the state of Paraná, 1 in Santa Catarina and 25 in Rio Grande do Sul.
In Curitiba two members of the group have been captured – one of them is the leader and mentor of the group, the other one was in charge of laundering the money. The leader’s mother, who, according to the police, also had tasks in the group, was detained in Maringá (PR). In Florianópolis, a man laundering money was also arrested. Nine other members were also arrested near the western border of Rio Grande Do Sul — three men in Santana do Livramento and six women in Quarai. Other 16 persons of the organization were also detained in the city of Porto Alegre and nearby…
Germany is the first one of European countries, where very strict rules have been introduced, rules that will (atleast this is the opinion of government) prevent hacking. Anti-hacking law says now, that creating or possesion of tools related to security that could potentially be used in attacks, is now forbidden.
Amendment of this law defines clearly that also Denial of Service attacks and targetting single hosts/targets are offence to it. “Hacker” — person who commits serious breach can now be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. Controversion — that word describes quite good, what is now in head of Germany security professionals, who are not sure, if they are allowed to do their job. For example, creation or possesion of tools that could be used in more then one way.