Security Twits NCAA tourney bracket contest

I created an NCAA basketball tournament bracket contest on Yahoo for members of the information security community. The winner gets bragging rights until next year, as well as a yet-to-be-designed but guaranteed-to-be-awesome t-shirt.

The scoring format is a traditional 1/2/4/8/16/32 format with a twist – a bonus equal to the difference in seeds for each game in which you pick a lower-seeded winner.

To participate:

  1. Go to the tournament page.
  2. After logging, click “Join Group”.
  3. Enter Group ID 82792.
  4. Enter the password.

Since you’re a member of the information security community, I can’t just give you the password, right? You’ll have to guess it. It consists of lower case letters and numbers, with no spaces…and all 4 parts of the passwords are information security related.

  1. Part 1 – Something that’s in the sky
  2. Part 2 – The 2010 information security acronym du jour
  3. Part 3 – The mascot of attrition.org
  4. Part 4 – The number of security risks found in the 2010 OWASP Top 10

In case you’re still scratching your head…and are willing to admit it, DM me on Twitter…or send me smoke signals and I’ll tell you the password.

Password hints added 2010-03-17:

  1. Part 1 – It’s fluffy and it’s stealing your org’s data
  2. Part 2 – It’s an anagram for an androgynous fictional character from the 1990s
  3. Part 3 – Really? Really?
  4. Part 4 – Really? Really?

Your final picks must be submitted by the scheduled tip-off time of the first game in the tournament on Thursday, March 18 (the play-in game on March 16 isn’t part of the contest).

The fine print:

And did I mention you have to be a member of the information security community to enter? To be eligible to win, I must be able to verify that you’re a member of the information security community. No more than 1 entry per person. Compromising the commissioner’s computer, compromising the commissioner’s account and exploiting vulnerabilities in Yahoo to do anything to affect the outcome of the contest are strictly prohibited. ;-)

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