2013: Google & Microsoft Hire Hackers To Identify Software Vulnerabilities

By Susanne Posel Occupy Corporatism Thanks to HackerOne , rewards will be given to hackers who can identify software vulnerabilities for programmers to overcome. Microsoft and Google have come together to fund this project. These “bug bounties” will not be tied to a specific technology. Criteria for a bounty exposing cheese holes in software include the widespread and severity of the compromise. First a hacker must crack Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 EPM, Adobe Reader, and Adobe Flash. Programs of interest include: • PHP • Open SSL • Ruby • Apache Google’s bounty program has been running for several years and paid out an estimated $2 million to hackers under the Chromium and Google Web Vulnerability Reward Programs (CGW-VRP). Microsoft has their own bounty program that has poured out $128,000 to hackers for uncovering issues with Windows 8.1. Facebook has invested $1.5 million for research into bounties and have hired full-time employees to ensure bugs are exposed and security […] Read More

2007: DHS has designated the 1982 film TRON as Sensitive

BURBANK, CA – Reports are emerging from members of the movie industry that the Department of Homeland Security has designated the 1982 film TRON as “sensitive”, and ordered Walt Disney Studios to turn over all copies of the film in its possession. Retailers are also receiving notices to remove all copies of the film from stock shelves and turn them over to Federal officials. The reports have industry insiders bewildered and outraged. TRON is a science fiction film that takes place within a computer’s circuits. Protagonist Kevin Flynn is pulled into the computer via laser by the malevolent Master Control Program. However, official concern reportedly centers around a portion of the movie’s live-action sequence which was filmed at Shiva, a nuclear fusion research facility created at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Constructed in 1977 for research into generating fusion energy, Shiva used a battery of enormous lasers to smash […] Read More