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#hacking | HITCON 2019 winners book their place for DEFCON 2020

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Cash prizes handed out to top three teams at multi-national hacking competition in Taiwan

UPDATED A team of hackers from China has triumphed at HITCON’s Capture the Flag (CTF) final in Taiwan over the weekend (December 14-15).

The two-day event in Taipei, where four-person teams compete in offensive and defensive cybersecurity challenges, saw China’s Tea Deliverers top the leaderboard and earn a $10,000 prize.

LC↯BC, representing Russia, finished in second place, receiving a check for $5,000, while Japan’s TokyoWesterns scooped up $2,000 for finishing in the bronze medal position.

China’s Tea Deliverers topped the leaderboard and earned a $10,000 prize at this year’s HITCON

Balsn, one of three teams representing the host nation, won a $1,000 prize for being the top-ranked Taiwanese outfit participating in the event, which was hosted by the Association of Hackers in Taiwan and Taiwan’s Industrial Development Bureau.

Teams from the US, Poland, Vietnam, and Hungary were also among the 14 finalists for the HITCON CTF, whose October qualifiers featured 662 teams.

The champions of two other CTF events – the Balsn CTF and Trend Micro’s Raimund Genes Cup – qualified for the HITCON final, whose winner subsequently qualifies for next year’s DEFCON CTF, widely seen as the most illustrious hacking competition of all.

HITCON winning teams have been entering DEFCON CTF since 2014, winning in 2017, and finishing second or third in the other years.

“Training of information security talents is not a one-day effort, nor can it be completed behind closed doors,” said Lee Lun-Chuan, who was in charge of running HITCON CTF.

“HITCON CTF scores 96 points in the international contest, attracting foreign information security teams to attend.

Lun-Chuan added: “By inviting international teams to share their experience, HITCON CTF trains domestic information security talents while demonstrating Taiwan’s strength in information security worldwide.”

Organizers of the DEFCON, CODE BLUE and Trend Micro CTFs, meanwhile, joined the HITCON team at the HITCON CTF Forum, to discuss the creation of a platform in Taiwan aimed at promoting young hacking talent and sharing best practices.

Launched in 2005, HITCON – short for Hacks In Taiwan Conference – has additionally launched a public service vulnerability notification platform (ZeroDay), an ‘escape the room’ competition (HackDoor), and an enterprise security attack and defense competition (DEFENSE).

More information on the HITCON CTF can be found on the Association of Hackers in Taiwan website.

This article has been updated with comments and further information from the organizers of HITCON.

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#cybersecurity | #hackerspace | Book Review: Virus Bomb – Security Boulevard

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Imagine this:

“Jerry Barkley is a Minnesota IT contractor just trying to earn a living for his family. He’s no superhero. He never worked for the government. He knows nothing about international espionage. Nobody believes his warnings when he uncovers a plot to launch the largest cyberattack in history. Somebody is gathering data to plan a series of bombings and a biological attack while trying to pin blame on a terrorist group. Oh, and the FBI thinks Jerry is part of it.

Hundreds are already dead. Thousands more could die, first from Ebola and then potentially from a war with the wrong enemy. If he doesn’t act, who will? Up against willful ignorance, a hostile law-enforcement bureaucracy, and armed with nothing but IT skills and quick wits, Jerry must leave his keyboard comfort one and go face-to-face with elite foreign agents and shut the attack down.”

This intro is a (slightly edited) description of the fiction novel: Virus Bomb by D. Greg Scott. The book was released this past summer.

Greg Scott is a veteran of the tumultuous IT industry. Greg graduated from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana with a double major of math and speech and earned an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. He started Scott Consulting and Infrasupport Corporation with a focus on infrastructure and security. He currently works for an enterprise software company and holds several IT industry certifications, including a CISSP certification. Greg lives in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area with his wife, daughter, and two grandchildren.

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“Hey, Dan.” Jerry said into his cell phone. The Minnesota midafternoon sun shone through his basement window. “I just finished talking to the antivirus team in England. They disassembled the code from Leah’s workstation. And all I can say (Read more…)

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#deepweb | Book excerpt: “Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome.”

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans The undead nature of the digital world, with its Facebook Memories and LinkedIn invites (or, as we learned this week, Valentine’s Day texts delivered from the deceased), causes the dead to die over and over and over again, making grief that much more difficult to overcome […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

New #Book Reveals How #Obama Team #Plotted #Cyberattacks Against #Russia in #2016

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On March 13, a book titled “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump” will hit the shelves. Written by Michael Isikoff and David Corn, the book specifically focuses on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential elections.

In the summer of 2016, the Obama team prepared a plan for a large-scale cyber-operation against the Russian media, the country’s most influential businessmen and President Vladimir Putin personally, according to former White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel.

His remarks are included in “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump,” a book by Michael Isikoff’s and David Corn’s which is due to go on sale on March 13. Excerpts were released by Yahoo News earlier this week.

Daniel explained that the cyber-offensive against Moscow was co-authored by Celeste Wallander, the US National Security Council’s former chief Russia expert.

The plan stipulated that the National Security Agency (NSA) would conduct a number of cyberattacks to neutralize Russian websites and the Guccifer 2.0 hacker, who compromised the emails of the campaign headquarters of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party’s National Committee.

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Black Book Honors Top Cybersecurity Firms at InfoSecWorld Conference and Expo

To Purchase This Product/Services, Go To The Store Link Above Or Go To http://www.become007.com/store/ Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans ORLANDO, Fla., April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Black Book™ surveyed 11,676 information technology leaders, Chief Information Security Officers, and senior operations executives …

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‘He was so upset’ Mum hits back after bullies mock her son’s World Book Day outfit

A mother has hit back after cruel bullies mocked her son’s World Book Day costume.

Heartbroken Jodie Rose shared a picture of her son Preston in a Cat In The Hat costume, inspired by the Dr Seuss book of the same name, to the This Morning Facebook page, explaining that when the four year old had arrived at school, he’d been teased by children who were wearing superhero outfits instead of abiding by the more traditional rules of the day.

‘Here is my son Preston yesterday for #worldbookday as “Cat in the Hat” from his favourite book. Pity his day was ruined by bullies who teased him for being a character from an actual book, and not a “superhero” like most of the other boys went as,’ she wrote.

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This Beautiful Children’s Book Is Exploring Queer South Asian Themes

A new picture book is creating space in the world of children’s literature for South Asian kids who don’t ascribe to traditional notions of gender expression.

The Boy & The Bindi tells the story of a young boy who becomes fascinated with his mother’s bindi ― a dot worn by South Asian women on their foreheads that has religious and marital roots, but is commonly worn as an accessory.

Author Vivek Sharya told The Huffington Post that while there is a growing market for books that feature the lives and stories of gender-creative kids, few of these cater to the experiences of brown children.

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This Boy’s Dream Of Being A Princess Inspired An Innovative Kids’ Book

A powerful bilingual book that aims to create a space in the world of children’s literature for gender-nonconforming and gender-diverse kids will hit shelves this week. 

Author Laurin Mayeno based One of a Kind, Like Me/Único Como Yo on her son Danny, who wanted to be a princess in his school’s parade. Written for children age 4-7 in both English and Spanish, One of a Kind, Like Me/Único Como Yo tells a multicultural story of gender diversity for kids who don’t see their stories and experiences reflected in literature.

In this interview with The Huffington Post, Mayeno reflects on her decision to write One of a Kind, Like Me/Único Como, her message to parents who may be critical of encouraging gender diversity in children and what she wants young readers to take away from the book.

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Book Fair, Stop Selling All That Crap

It’s Book Fair Season and that should be a good thing but for those of us whose kids immediately do a beeline for the “non book” items, it’s not nearly as pleasant as it used to be.

In fact, the fair just might need to change its name to “Books and Random Crap Fair.” Yup, that would be a much more apt description of the modern book fair.

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It’s already tiring enough to explain, again, why you will not buy your 7 year old the $40 hardcover ‘History of the Lightsaber’.

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Book about boy in dress causes stir at Michigan school – Education Week

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