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Microsoft Programming Contest Hacked and Defaced

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the star-developers dept.

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davidmwilliams writes "Microsoft followed their major annual Tech-Ed event in Australia with a week-long programming contest called 'DevSta,' to find 'star developers.' While the quantity and quality of submissions suggest a poor turnout, it certainly caught the attention of at least two hackers who left their mark. Here is the low-down on the contest, what happened, by whom, and screen shots for posterity in case it's been fixed by the time you read this. And unless the volume of submissions increase dramatically within the next few hours, someone may be awarded an Xbox for doing nothing more than rewriting the Windows calculator as a .NET app."

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mhm (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25280207)

first posts are gay and so is this article

Re:mhm (3)

narcberry (1328009) | more than 5 years ago | (#25281767)

The screenshots look like these "hackers" defaced the site by ...

*drum roll* ... posting to a forum!!!

OMG /. HACKED BY NARCBERRYHACKED BY NARCBERRYHACKED BY NARCBERRYHACKED BY NARCBERRY

Microsoft catching the attention of hackers? (5, Funny)

duckInferno (1275100) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280213)

Nooo.

This isn't news. If it were, it'd carry a headline like "Microsoft Programming Contest Security Thwarts Hackers" and be about how Microsoft employed some effective security measures without subjecting all applicants to activity-monitoring rootkit DRM and attendees to cavity-searches.

Re:Microsoft catching the attention of hackers? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25280453)

This isn't news. If it were, it'd carry a headline like "Microsoft Programming Contest Security Thwarts Hackers" and be about how Microsoft employed some effective security measures without subjecting all applicants to activity-monitoring rootkit DRM and attendees to cavity-searches.

Cavity search is news to me. Where do I sign up?

Re:Microsoft catching the attention of hackers? (4, Funny)

sveard (1076275) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280659)

where is the +1 disturbing moderation??

Re: Disturbing? Nah. (4, Funny)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280971)

He clearly means Dentistry software. Manage the patient's records, search cavities...

Ask this guy... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25280781)

> Cavity search is news to me. Where do I sign up?

Ask Mr. Goatse. I think there's a .NET version of it now, too!

Re:Microsoft catching the attention of hackers? (1)

rts008 (812749) | more than 5 years ago | (#25282405)

Is that you, Goatse? Even you should have had enough by now!

Re:Microsoft catching the attention of hackers? (5, Informative)

nmb3000 (741169) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280507)

This isn't news.

Well, you're right about that at least. The whole thing is a joke. Here is the evidence (consider yourself saved from 3 pages of ads):

Exhibit A [photobucket.com]
Exhibit B [photobucket.com]

So somebody found (probably) a SQL injection vulnerability in an obscure Microsoft-hosted site and changed a few submission titles and comments? This is news? It's not like they defaced microsoft.com or anything else even slightly significant.

They couldn't even do something creative with the hole they found. Kids these days...

Re:Microsoft catching the attention of hackers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25280549)

Seriously. Ov3rlord is a pussy.

FYI, give Barney Frank's theme song, "What, what? In the butt" a listen over at YouTube.

Re:Microsoft catching the attention of hackers? (5, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280589)

The scale of the hack is pretty pathetic. Unfortunately, so is the quality of the entries. A bunch of calculator apps, a couple of twitter frontends, and a few old school arcade clones(and don't forget the cellphone stalker app. I will charitably extend the hope that all the good ideas are going to be submitted in the last few minutes, out of concern that they would be ripped off.

"All y'all penguins put your flippers on your heads, this abacus has the power of Windows Presentation Foundation!"

Re:Microsoft catching the attention of hackers? (1)

Tycho (11893) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280767)

Meh, this hack is probably even worse, both for its general stupidity as an idea and its felonious misuse of metric prefixes:

http://desktop.google.com/plugins/i/metricclock_2853.html?hl=en [google.com]

Re:Microsoft catching the attention of hackers? (2, Interesting)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280921)

Meh, this hack is probably even worse, both for its general stupidity as an idea and its felonious misuse of metric prefixes:

http://desktop.google.com/plugins/i/metricclock_2853.html?hl=en [google.com]

FFS(aimed at author of linked app, not parent), if you are going to stick it to the man and boldly challenge the stodgy conventions of horology, at least do it the clock mod(10), not 1 through 10. Seriously, you could lose your geek card for that kind of thing.

Re:Microsoft catching the attention of hackers? (2, Funny)

Bozzio (183974) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280945)

Wow, that is a terrible Gadget.

Who the hell writes a metric clock without understanding the metric system?

This must be written by that 13 year old who painted "Anarchy Rules" on my garage door.

Swatch Internet Time (2, Informative)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#25281793)

Who the hell writes a metric clock without understanding the metric system?

Swatch, for one [wikipedia.org] . And the Chinese before them [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Microsoft catching the attention of hackers? (5, Informative)

spintriae (958955) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280939)

Okay guys, what do you expect from a week-long contest for an Xbox? The next killer web browser?

Re:Microsoft catching the attention of hackers? (1)

perlchild (582235) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280787)

On the other hand, I find it funny that either
a) Microsoft doesn't use their own security products(the ones I see advertised on slashdot all the time, as going ninja on security flaws)
b) those same tools don't work as well/aren't as easy to use as advertised

Please, if you're looking for a star developer, can't you at least hire a regularly-competent sysadmin to run the tools you're advertising?

Seems to me Microsoft wants to hire one star, but can't be bothered to build infrastructure...

Re:Microsoft catching the attention of hackers? (4, Funny)

cjb658 (1235986) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280873)

Someone is trying to hack your contest (Cancel/Allow)?

I guess even Microsoft employees are just used to clicking 'Allow' now.

Re:Microsoft catching the attention of hackers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25281423)

I think the point of this post wasn't to show off teh hack, but to get some lucky slashdotter to win an third xbox...

Re:Microsoft catching the attention of hackers? (1)

D Ninja (825055) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280707)

subjecting all ... attendees to cavity-searches.

Wait. I can't figure it out. Why would dentists be at a Microsoft convention?

Re:Microsoft catching the attention of hackers? (-1, Flamebait)

duckInferno (1275100) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280811)

The nazi's, like Microsoft, had an affinity for gold.

I'm just sayin'.

Looks like we have a winner! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25280227)

no text, really.

Let me be the first to say (-1, Troll)

db32 (862117) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280229)

ha ha!

Re:Let me be the first to say (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25280313)

Definition of Irony - Firing Senator Craig for being gay after he voted to not protect gays from job discrimination.

That would certainly be ironic if he had been fired and if he was in trouble for "being gay." However since neither are true, it's just stupid :-)

Re:Let me be the first to say (5, Funny)

dhalgren (34798) | more than 5 years ago | (#25281183)

In other news, Alanis Morissette is found posting on Slashdot under the name 'db32'.

Re:Let me be the first to say (1)

Rob Kaper (5960) | more than 5 years ago | (#25282293)

Alanis Morisette is either very stupid (not a single line in her song is about irony) or very clever (for calling a song about sarcasm Ironic).

Re:Let me be the first to say (1)

jcuervo (715139) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280989)

I'm using the INTERNETS!

XBox for rewriting calc (5, Funny)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280233)

Nobody wants an XBox that badly do they? :-)

Re:XBox for rewriting calc (4, Funny)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280333)

I was going to say that :)
XBox is hardly enough to motivate me to load windows on any machine I own. Up next, US mint authorized silver certificate reproduction copies of the hundreds of pages of the bail out bill. This authentically signed reproduction can be yours for the small price of $850 Billion US Dollars, paid in three easy payments of (damn, where's a .net calculator when you need one).

Why don't they get a little more real... say MSDN subscription for life? Yeah, I suppose that is too much to give to a MS developer... sheesh

XBox for relaxation. (1)

Ostracus (1354233) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280463)

"Why don't they get a little more real... say MSDN subscription for life? Yeah, I suppose that is too much to give to a MS developer... sheesh"

Maybe because developers like to get away from WORK now and then.

Re:XBox for relaxation. (1)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 5 years ago | (#25281273)

An MSDN subscription also nets you stuff like copies of Windows itself.

LEGO (1)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280719)

Since production started (of modern ABS bricks) it's estimated total production has only reached 350 billion.

Now put your $850 billion dollars in context, if it was in $1 bills, how long would it take to print the little buggers. :-)

Here come da Judge! (1)

rts008 (812749) | more than 5 years ago | (#25282463)

"Why don't they get a little more real... say MSDN subscription for life?"

A life sentence? Wouldn't 10 to 20 with chance of parole be more in line with a first offense of this nature?

Google: $10M in prizes, MS: an XBox (5, Insightful)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280413)

http://code.google.com/android/adc.html [google.com]

Anyone wonder why only some pissed off script kiddies are playing?

Re:Google: $10M in prizes, MS: an XBox (5, Interesting)

spintriae (958955) | more than 5 years ago | (#25281033)

Google is counting on participants to develop killer apps for their Android platform. Android's success depends on the results of that contest. I've contributed to it and I know people who have spent months and lots of money developing apps for that contest.

The Microsoft thing seems to be a week-long "speed hack" aimed at a small audience just for fun. Hardly the same thing. Oh, but this is /. and the subject is M$, so let's all foam at the mouths and spew venom all over ourselves.

Re:Google: $10M in prizes, MS: an XBox (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25282771)

It's still a pretty small prize for spending even a whole day on.

I count myself as a pretty good developer, and I have more interesting work problems than this, and would have earned plenty to buy another Xbox in a days worth of work. And then you still would have to actually win the competition.

Instead I might spend time on a fun competition like this: http://nonoba.com/developers/contests/multiplayerapikickoff [nonoba.com]

At least with Flash everyone could easily see my product, and it would hopefully get out to several hundred thousand people if it's good enough.

Re:Google: $10M in prizes, MS: an XBox (2, Funny)

narcberry (1328009) | more than 5 years ago | (#25281885)

Google doesn't have an IDE with a built in application creator wizard.

An Xbox sounds pretty cool if all I have to do is

Project -> New
Select "calculator" from list, next
Select radial button "scientific", next
Checkbox a few skins and an include contentless help-pages, next
Hit Create
Run it, accept the EULA

Hello Xbox.

Re:XBox for rewriting calc (4, Funny)

RuBLed (995686) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280421)

Microsoft said they're going to award lamerdir and ov3rlord each an elite xbox 360 as an appropriate punishment.

Re:XBox for rewriting calc (1, Funny)

at_slashdot (674436) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280567)

...no, actually the punishment is sending them 2 copies of Vista.

Re:XBox for rewriting calc (1)

MrNaz (730548) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280635)

Not even Microsoft is that cruel and unusual, surely?

Obligatory (4, Funny)

zooblethorpe (686757) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280757)

Not even Microsoft is that cruel and unusual, surely?

They are. And don't call me Shirley.

Cheers,

Re:Obligatory (4, Funny)

Rayban (13436) | more than 5 years ago | (#25281325)

Looks like I picked the wrong week to ditch C#.

Re:Obligatory (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25282051)

Just wanted to let you both know...we're all counting on you back here.

Re:Obligatory (1)

Legion_SB (1300215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25282205)

Looks like I picked the wrong week to ditch C#.

If it took you a week, you weren't doing it right.

Re:Obligatory (1)

tangent3 (449222) | more than 5 years ago | (#25282545)

I've always wondered why there's no equivalent of std::victor or java.util.Victor in C#

Re:Obligatory (1)

XDirtypunkX (1290358) | more than 5 years ago | (#25282733)

There is, it's called System.Collections.Generic.Lust.

Re:Obligatory (2, Funny)

tangent3 (449222) | more than 5 years ago | (#25282955)

Oh, right. It's Oveur at System.Collections.Generic.List

Re:XBox for rewriting calc (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25281041)

...no, actually the punishment is sending them 2 copies of Vista.

On "vista capable" laptops.

Re:XBox for rewriting calc (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25280899)

The prize winner will probably turn an Xbox into a .NET calculator.

You can probably convert the green and red rings into some manner of LED abacus.

Microsoft Programming Contest Hacked and Defaced (5, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280237)

So it's like all their other software then?

Oh come now, mods, have a sense of humor! (1)

zooblethorpe (686757) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280777)

The parent post warrants a +1 Funny more than a troll. :)

Cheers,

Hacked or just a blog post? (4, Informative)

The_Fire_Horse (552422) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280255)

Screenshots dont look too spectacular - how do we know they didnt just create a bunch of accounts and post shit on their website.

Or is that what passes off as hacking these days?

Was SELinux enabled? (4, Funny)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280259)

They really shouldn't be running HTTP daemons without SELinux running. Such services are just too popular a target.

rewriting the windows calculator? (5, Funny)

Punto (100573) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280287)

What about the guy who found a security hole on IIS and wrote and exploit for it? that sounds way cooler than rewriting calc.

Re:rewriting the windows calculator? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25280423)

What about the guy who found a security hole on IIS and wrote and exploit for it? that sounds way cooler than rewriting calc.

Easier too.

Re:rewriting the windows calculator? (1)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280599)

I can't help but agree.

You kill two birds with one stone, first it would show Microsoft with a sense of humor, second it would probably give the hacker who hates Microsoft something to do other than hack Microsoft websites - like play Xbox.

Re:rewriting the windows calculator? (1)

mixmatch (957776) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280765)

like hack Xbox Live.

There, fixed that for ya.

How about this one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25280309)

Interesting story but why not post the one about Microsoft releasing Mono 2.0? (Ars)

Re:How about this one... (3, Informative)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280425)

Maybe because Mono 2.0 was released [mono-project.com] , but not by microsoft.

Hardly hacked (4, Insightful)

NeumannCons (798322) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280317)

To me it would appear that someone submitted entries with an bogus title and accompanying description. Hacked? Hardly. What surprises me is that no one submitted Viagra programs with accompanying links in the description.

These aren't the droids you're looking for. Move along.

Re:Hardly hacked (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25280377)

Existing entries were overwritten with the bogus data. That sounds like it was hacked to me.

Re:Hardly hacked (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25280615)

I was first introduced to programming in 1985 while in the 7th grade. Part of the fun of the class was guessing the passwords of friends, accessing their source code, and modifying it to do things other than what the assignment was. Even as a 7th grader, we managed to pull off some clever stunts, always with the intent of insulting the teacher or making the student look like an absolute moron.

So when these idiots manage to compromise a system with Microsoft programming entries on it, what do they do? They splash "Hacked by Overlord" on the page a million times.

Re:Hardly hacked (1)

aka_big_wurm (757512) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280981)

I am with you this site was not hacked, seems like some are so quick to jump on MS about anything. By the way the guy who submitted the article is the same guy who wrote it.

Re:Hardly hacked (3, Insightful)

thatskinnyguy (1129515) | more than 5 years ago | (#25281187)

My thoughts exactly. News? no. Waste of time to look at? Definitely. NEXT!

In other news (-1, Troll)

djupedal (584558) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280373)

Windows latest OS, code named 'GOBI', was unveiled today - A crack team of testers, invited to preview Gobi, were later seen running from the building, screaming and tearing at their clothes and hair.

When asked to comment on Gobi, one volunteer replied, "It is just like jumping out of an airplane with your hair on fire!"

Re:In other news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25282719)

> When asked to comment on Gobi, one volunteer replied, "It is just like jumping out of an airplane with your parachute on fire!"

Fixed that for ya.

Lame (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25280461)

If you want a prize, why not come up with a hack that releases OEMs from their contractual obligation to pre-load Windows? Or maybe a hack that dis-allows Microsoft from counting the sale of a Dell server with Linux installed as a sale of a Windows license. How about a hack that gives the ISO people a spine and some cojones?

Now, those would be worth a prize.

Re:Lame (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280557)

Now, those would not be hacks. Feats worthy of praise they would be, but they would not be hacks.

Re:Lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25280835)

the Year 2000 called. You can keep its joke, it was tired of it then.

Let's See... (3, Funny)

DougF (1117261) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280531)

If I write an app for Apple's iPhone, I run the chance of being denied, but I could make lots of $$$. If I write an app for MS, I could get some lovely departing gifts. Tough choice.

Looks like bunch of nonsense posts (0, Redundant)

figleaf (672550) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280579)

Hacked would be a site defaced.

This looks like someone made some random submissions.

Re:Looks like bunch of nonsense posts (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25280683)

According to TFA, those were valid contest submissions that were subsequently defaced. Not sure whether that's true or not though.

Re:Looks like bunch of nonsense posts (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25281533)

Well, if you read the article, you'll see that it's not just bogus posts, they've apparently actually managed to alter existing submissions, which is how they became the top submissions. Not nearly as significant as actually defacing the site entirely, but certainly more impressive than just making fake posts.

Microsoft programmers....stars? Too funny... (5, Informative)

subnomine (849148) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280593)

I speak from about 15 years experience at multiple companies and not bias that the more "Microsofty" the programmer is, the worse they are.
The current project I am on is full of the Microsoft way of doing things. And get this:
We have a Linux server and Windows client, and they designed a Windows Registry as an interface to the database on Linux. They are having piss-poor performance due to many design issues related to this thing. I should probably post it to Daily WTF. I mean WTF indeed.

Who wants to be a Microsoft Star!! Wooohoo!

Re:Microsoft programmers....stars? Too funny... (3, Informative)

Seakip18 (1106315) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280685)

Please do! As a young programmer starting out, I keep an eye on Daily WTF for what NOT to do. Well, most of the time anyways.

The fact they use the registry as the interface makes my eye twitch.

Re:Microsoft programmers....stars? Too funny... (1)

akoltz (1379875) | more than 5 years ago | (#25281559)

The fact they use the registry as the interface makes my eye twitch.

The fact that you take an anti-MS post on /. at face value makes me sad for humans.

Re:Microsoft programmers....stars? Too funny... (2, Funny)

cjb658 (1235986) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280931)

I speak from about 15 years experience at multiple companies and not bias that the more "Microsofty" the programmer is, the worse they are.

Works the same for users, too.

Re:Microsoft programmers....stars? Too funny... (2, Insightful)

Liquidrage (640463) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280995)

So what about the /. poster that spends post after post in meaningless MS stories, that if they actually ready them, aren't even stories?

What I don't get is, as intelligent people (which is relative), don't some of you feel the least bit ashamed at the quality of the anti-MS stories here? There is plenty of legit bashing to do. But /. has fallen to the level of posting stuff like this.

/. consistently has misleading headlines on MS stories, not to mention sensationalism. I just don't understand how people that are throwing stones can tolerate the childish posts, and poor and misleading stories that are the sign of any /. related MS article.

Re:Microsoft programmers....stars? Too funny... (2, Funny)

RulerOf (975607) | more than 5 years ago | (#25281071)

they designed a Windows Registry as an interface to the database on Linux.

So wait, let me get this straight... these people know both Windows *and* Linux so well that they wrote a Windows Registry for Linux, rather than cutting the bullshit and using SQL?

That sounds very... irresponsible.

Re:Microsoft programmers....stars? Too funny... (1)

subnomine (849148) | more than 5 years ago | (#25281725)

Yes, "irresponsible." You have a way with words!

Well...This is more of a hardware shop with Windows experience and the lead engineer doesn't know SQL. The database didn't need performance (until now).
Updating each and every single variable means connecting to the database, authenticating, starting a transaction, committing, and disconnecting. Once per variable.

Re:Microsoft programmers....stars? Too funny... (2, Interesting)

Bodrius (191265) | more than 5 years ago | (#25281915)

I'm sure you have other reasons to dislike it - but that sounds like a design mistake that has little to do with the 'registry-like' interface.

I've seen the same 'feature' (commit on-change) on a lot of other naive user interfaces for remote database storage - web forms, spreadsheets, desktop clients... Typically the product of good intentions, and very optimistic assumptions about the usage.

There's nothing magical about a 'registry-like' tree that makes explicit batch updates impossible - or on other interfaces that make them auto-magically implemented.

Unless your 'user interface' is to force the user to type a SQL update statement - then you can't go wrong on that (the user, on the other hand...).

Re:Microsoft programmers....stars? Too funny... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25281455)

they are having piss-poor performance due to many design issues related to this thing. I should probably post it to Daily WTF. I mean WTF indeed.

Indeed. No wonder they no longer work at Microsoft.

Re:Microsoft programmers....stars? Too funny... (1)

deniable (76198) | more than 5 years ago | (#25282187)

Would you care to explain what you mean by "Windows Registry." You're not talking about the actual Registry or hive files are you? It would be possible to build a service that monitored the local hive and replicated the changes to a back end DB. It could get ugly, but would make for an interesting product.

If you simply mean a tree-like data structure then I can see what you're talking about, but I've seen that kind of retardation in Unix software as well. It's not a Microsoft only phenomenon.

If they were real MS programmers they would have simply looked for an ODBC/ADO/LINQ/(whatever they call it this year) interface to the DB and been happy to not know anything about the back-end. These guys sound more like they don't know either end and are relying on MS tools being 'easy' to cover their inexperience.

Microsoft Programming Contest Hacked... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25280623)

1. Microsoft Programming Contest Hacked and Defaced.
2. Story posted to Slashdot and nobody cares.
3. Posting Anonymously to protect my kharma - priceless.

Well... (1)

Puffy Director Pants (1242492) | more than 5 years ago | (#25280725)

It's no Atari Computer Camp, that's for sure. For one thing, I heard there was actually a female applicant.

Hackers should be shot (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25280853)

Anyone who hacks into another computer system for fun or profit should be shot.

Which app would you pick off that list? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25280911)

I want to see the calculator wins, it would be damn funny if the STAR application is the calculator.

Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25281021)

Microsoft probably just hired some hackers to deface the site to generate enough publicity to get it onto /. to attract some real talent so they could save face by getting a submission better than Windows calculator. Don't give in during the last few hours.

Who knew this contest was happening? (1)

zaffir (546764) | more than 5 years ago | (#25281025)

I had now idea this contest was going on. I'd have been happy to enter. Throwing together something small, but better than a .Net calculator, for a chance at a free XBox? Absolutely!

Way to go, Microsoft Marketing dept!

So you think yo can dance? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25281095)

Another cheesy reality tv contest coming to you soon.. "So you think you can hack ?"

Calculator (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25281339)

It's about time that someone rewrote that damn calculator. Now can finally add it to the new naming scheme:

Windows Live Calculator

What happens next? ...

Profit!

As for Reading TFA... (1)

YenTheFirst (1056960) | more than 5 years ago | (#25281561)

It's more than JUST an xbox.

The grand prize on offer includes airfare to Las Vegas, accommodation at the Venetian and tickets to the MIX09 Developer Conference in March next year, along with Visual Studio 2008, an Xbox 360 Elite console pack and a Samsung Omnia mobile phone. Runners up win various combinations of Visual Studio, Xbox 360 Elite packs and Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 keyboard and mouse combos.

HACKED BY BENJYMOUSE (4, Insightful)

benjymouse (756774) | more than 5 years ago | (#25281681)

HACKED BY BENJYMOUSE HACKED BY BENJYMOUSE HACKED BY BENJYMOUSE There, now I "hacked" slashdot the very same way. The "hacked" and "defaced" site is nothing more than submissions (like comments on slashdot) with "HACKED BY OVERLORD" text. No JavaScript injection, no SQL injection, no nothing. Some medias will go to any length to capture traffic. sheesh.

Re:HACKED BY BENJYMOUSE (3, Funny)

Patrik_AKA_RedX (624423) | more than 5 years ago | (#25282019)

The Headlines:
A hacker known by the name BENJYMOUSE has today been arrested for defacing a popular news site. The 2 SWAT teams were deemed necessary as hackers are known to be armed and dangerouse and usualy in company of muslim terrorists. Only 2400 rounds were fired and a mere 25 bystanders were killed. Rumors that the terrorist-hacker was playing a loud videogame instead of firing his as yet undiscovered arsenal of weapons show that these terrorists are not just evil, but also lazy.

The hacker will be put on trail for possesion of illegal invisible weapons of mass destruction.

just submitted to the slashdot story queue (3, Funny)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 5 years ago | (#25282047)

commodoresloat writes "Slashdot followed their major annual asteroid-collision article with an article called 'Microsoft Programming Contest Hacked and Defaced.' While the quantity and quality of posts suggest a poor turnout, it certainly caught the attention of a hacker named 'BENJYMOUSE' who left his mark. Here is the low-down on the slashdot post, what happened, by whom, and screen shots for posterity in case it's been fixed by the time you read this. And unless the quality of posts increase dramatically within the next few hours, someone may be awarded mod points for doing nothing more than rewriting the *BSD troll as an anti-M$ post."

Re:HACKED BY BENJYMOUSE (3, Informative)

I.M.O.G. (811163) | more than 5 years ago | (#25282063)

"F-" ...I'm concerned, please see me after class!

Just kidding... But actually, its slightly more impressive than you noticed. They modified existing submissions thereby appearing as the top submission. While not groundbreaking, its more than simply posting garbled messages to a public board.

Re:HACKED BY BENJYMOUSE (1)

Synjyn (1379989) | more than 5 years ago | (#25282635)

It seems any tiny bit of news can be sensationalised into something to grab headlines these days

Captain Obvious (1)

mcbutterbuns (1005301) | more than 5 years ago | (#25281967)

My favorite submission was posted by Captain Obvious and his uber cool "windows media radio 4 windows mobile" application.

Description:
The past: Listening mp3s
The future: Listening streaming music.



Watch out Apple!

Wow, A Smelly Hairy Ass Turk Hacks A Message Board (1)

Skeetskeetskeet (906997) | more than 5 years ago | (#25282323)

Think he can use the money to buy a bar of soap and some deodorant that doesn't smell like a muslim whorehouse?

Innovation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25282549)

"And unless the volume of submissions increase dramatically within the next few hours, someone may be awarded an Xbox for doing nothing more than rewriting the Windows calculator as a .NET app."

What's wrong with that? That's 'Innovation' in the post-Microsoft world. ;)

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