MonthMay 2000

31337 hAx0r strikes overt.org

We are still trying to identify the cracker who defaced peace-loving overt.org several days ago. While we do not have a complete description, we are fairly certain that he or she is an 31337 mAs73r and should be treated as potentially able, as one of our analysts put it “to hack his way out of a paper bag.” The ultra-high assurance security storage system for posting updates to overt (which relies primarily on such techniques as hard-coding passwords into public scripts and choosing hard-to-crack passwords such as the first name of a significant other) was compromised by the networking expert, who used the access to post confidential information about the personal relations of site administrators. Since the cracker went to great lengths to protect his identity and overt.org has a policy against IP logging, details on the attacker are sketchy at best. “We only know that his name is Jonathan Waltz, a resident of Houston, Texas pursuing two degrees at the University of Texas at Austin, with an affinity for creating swank-ass desktops with the gimp. We will have to do further research to determine what, if anything, he ate for breakfast this morning. He is a slippery one.”

Trip website officially worth looking at

We’ve updated the trip map to include more maps and the actual hotels we’re staying at in the cities along the way to Redmond, and I’ve gotten the Picture Uploady ThingyTM working, so we’ll be able to put pictures up from the road. There are already some pictures up in the preparations section, check them out. Also note the convenient link on the sidebar.

pictures!

I have been working a a picture uploading system for overt. I have finally gotten it working (sort of). For an example check out the fledgling climbing pictures page. I set it up to allow uploading of files from a web browser, and associate a date taken, title, and description with each picture. In the future, everyone (with access) should be able to upload. What fun.

Road trip!

Well, we’re driving to Redmond. We bought a swank digital camera (canon powershot s10) and we plan to document the heck out of the trip. I’ve started a page, and I’ll be developing more content for it as I get the time. Of course, the really fun stuff won’t come until we leave. For now, I’ve only posted the planned route.

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