Quote of the Day - If computers get too powerful, we can organize them into a committee -- that will do them in.
Luckily, the hackers are prohibited from using the internet. They're limited to each other's computers and a modem. Thankfully, someone had a little foresight.
The competition was held on Friday, and was officially called “BlackOPS: HackAttack Challenge 2004, organized by National Infocomm Competency Center,” a government-funded agency. Now there's a shocker. The government invited hackers to a contest and awarded them prizes.
Typically in Singapore, hackers can be jailed for up to three years or fined up to $5,810 (U.S.) under Singapore’s Computer Misuse Act. While the dollar amount is of little consequence, the jail term might make the hackers blink, but apparently not enough to vie for prizes.
Prizes, you say? Yep, a DVD burner and computer classes.
Great. Just what they need. More training how to hack. Brilliant.
Want to know the reason for the contest, according to the Singapore government? "Organizers hoped the contest would help shed light on ways to prevent actual computer attacks," according to news reports. Not that it would teach them new ways to hack, of course.