Monthly Archives: January 2013

Pwn2Own ready to hand out $560K to hacking contest winners this year

The annual Pwn2Own hacking contest has set the record this year as far as cash prizes go, putting $560,000 on the line to shell out to only the craftiest hackers around.

The way SCADA systems are secured leaves them rather unsecure, researchers find

Weak default passwords and other holes in the security of thousands of important SCADA systems completely accessible through the Internet leave the systems totally vulnerable to hacks, US Department of Homeland Security recently reported.

Chinese cybercriminal pleads guilty to $100 million worth of software piracy

In an undercover sting operation, U.S. agents arrested Chinese Xiang Li after luring him into the country. Yesterday in federal court, Li pled guilty to pirating, cracking and selling amounts of software valued at over $100 million, according to Reuters.

Turmoil surrounds Oscar’s new system of e-voting

One of the most anticipated award shows of the season, the Academy Awards, has given an extension to voters due to technical issues posed by the new availability of an online voting option.