October 2, 2014

  • New Methods of Attack?

    Back in the late 90′s, we saw methodologies of exploitation that relied heavily upon poor programming practices within core services on computers. One example of that is the FTP PASV vulnerability, which allowed a hacker to dump the password hashes for all users contained in the /etc/shadow file, simply by following a series of steps, and causing a segmentation fault. The resulting “core” file would contain a full memory dump of the system, including the shadow file, if it had recently been pulled into memory. As time progressed, hackers became obsessed with other methods of attack, such as buffer and heap…

  • Bridging the Digital Divide

    Turns out “the cloud” is not just a place to keep your iTunes collection. Okay, to be fair, if you’re reading this you already know that. But are you aware of how cloud computing is helping to bridge the digital divide between developed nations and the developing world? The New York Times reports in its Bits section that the swiftest and most monumental benefits from cloud computing may be seen in developing nations like Nigeria and India. In such places, where web server costs can be financially out of reach even by developed-nation standards, small companies are finding that Amazon Web…

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    Square Enix launches free HD gaming site CoreOnline

    Video game developer Square Enix has launched CoreOnline, a website that lets users play high-definition games for free in web browsers. They’ve launched with two games: Hitman: Blood Money and Mini Ninjas; and promise Tomb Raider: Underworld is coming soon. The games are free to play up until a certain point, but game players are asked to view advertising to get more playing time. Gamers can also pay a fee to unlock specific parts of the games. The titles CoreOnline is offering are older titles from Square Enix’s catalog.

  • Phoenix Comicon

    Don’t miss this year’s Comicon in Phoenix, Arizona from May 24-27. Guests include William Shatner, Ed Asner, George Pérez, Greg Horn, Yvonne Navarro, Jeff Mariotte, Jeremy Bulloch, Vic Mignogna, Arthur Suydam, Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, James A. Owen, Gini Koch, Billy Tucci, Weston Ochse, Tony Amendola, Stuart Immonen, Kathryn Immonen, Brent Spiner, Levar Burton, Patrick Stewart, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Colin Ferguson, David Finch, Garth Ennis. (Subject to change.) The Zombie Walk takes place Friday, from 7:30 – 8:30pm. Here are ticket prices: $35 until December 31 $40 until May 25th $45 weekend $30 Fri $35 Sat $20 Sun Take…

New Methods of Attack?

Oct 2, 2014

Back in the late 90′s, we saw methodologies of exploitation that relied heavily upon poor programming practices within core services on computers. One example of that is the FTP PASV vulnerability, which allowed a hacker to dump the password hashes for all users contained in the /etc/shadow file, simply by following a series of steps, and causing a segmentation fault. The resulting “core” file would contain a full memory dump of the system, including the shadow file, if it had recently been pulled into memory. As time progressed, hackers became obsessed with other methods of attack, such as buffer and heap…

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UAT Alumni launch Jetstreame Studios

Dec 19, 2012

  UAT Alumni Godric Johnson, James Richards and Davion Hellstrom have started a game studio called Jetstreame Studios that’s focused on mobile games for Android and iOS. The team have launched three Kickstarter campaigns for three separate games in development for mobile platforms. Use the links below to check out their Kickstarter campaigns and contribute if you can! Dragon Drop Train Hopper Crush Hour You can also find Jetstreame on Facebook.

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HS students launch ‘Switchbox’ Kickstarter campaign

Dec 11, 2012

A group of students from Austin’s LC Anderson High School has launched a Kickstarter project to raise money for their Switchbox gearbox, a box that can be easily mounted with 1:20 and 1:90 gear ratios. The student team has been together for seven years constructing robots for FIRST competitions — open to students from grades 9-12. Learn more and see the Switchbox in action at Kickstarter. As of this posting, there were 80,108 launched Kickstarter projects (3,150 in progress), with a success rate of 43.70%. Total dollars pledged (including unsuccessful) was $435 million.