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hacking contest scrapped
to ZDNet India, www.zdnetindia.com
hacking contest has been cancelled in Japan after critics blasted it for
promoting criminal activity, according to a report from news agency the
contest, scheduled in August, would have teams of students trying to hack
into each others computers while protecting their own. It
was organized by the Ministry for Economy, Trade and Industry, which
wanted to raise awareness of security.
after the ministry received a storm of protest from industry and
educational institutions, the contest was cancelled, said the report.
Japan, hacking into computer systems or downloading files without
authorization can lead to a year in prison or a fine of US$4,200. The
contest would have used a variety of platforms, including Linux and
this month, a hacker group announced that it was holding a hacking
contest, but results of that venture have been uncertain, leading several
security experts to label it a hoax put out by troublemakers.
order to appease the thousand of disappointed hackers, when the government
cancelled this contest, they allegedly organised a few other
Smuggle Cannabis Contest
Sections for under 12s and newcomers.
Shoot a Neighbour Competition
Sections for guns, cannons, and nuclear missiles.
Burn Down a Building Day
Open to professional and amateur arsonists.
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