Macromedia kicks of the Back to School season with new student contest.
The contest is designed to inspire students to create digital experiences that challenge, provoke, educate, and entertain, while rewarding and providing exposure for student authors of outstanding content.
The Macromedia 2003 Back to School Student Contest features a People’s Choice Award and a Macromedia Expert Award for each of three categories – “Build Stuff,” “Create,” or “Not Normal”. Students compete against their peers and vote for their favorites in December. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2003. Complete program information and submission instructions are at www.macromedia.com/go/studentcontest/.
As we mentioned in our newsletter, there's a lot of news about a potential big hack beginning tomorrow. is it starting now?
The U.S. Homeland Security Department cautioned Wednesday that it had detected an "Internet-wide increase in scanning" for victim computers. I've personally seen a 300% increase in alerts from my firewall - and there's rumours on newsgroups about several big hosting companies suffering 24 hour outages.
The hack alert comes after the recent alerts of critical security flaws in Microsoft's DirectX software. A chinese group, Xfocus ("From the Internet. For the Internet. Have fun!") posted code exploiting the flaw.
Could be a very long weekend. Let us know if you hear of anyone going down.
Location: SuperYacht. Salary: Outrageous. The Hours are a very reasonable 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You will be working for an inconsiderate, insensitive, demanding swine that expects everything to be done yesterday and is intolerant of feeble excuses like "It's impossible".
The flaw involves DirectX, an extensive collection of programming add-ons for Windows used by computer games. If exploited, the flaw could allow a malicious hacker to run their own specially crafted computer code to plant a virus or even take over a machine.
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Now that the two sons of Saddam are toast, it's time to focus on Enemies of Freedom #2. Yes, of course, I mean Kazaa users - those sapping the lifeblood of those record companies who find and nurture talent like Atomic Kitten, Tatu, Shania Twain and the Cheeky Girls.
The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) released their list of top 10 vulnerabilities in web applications.
(found by Bruce)