5th Annual Security Twits NCAA Tourney Bracket Contest

For the 5th year in a row, I have created an NCAA basketball tournament bracket contest on Yahoo for members of the information security community. The winner gets bragging rights until next year. 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 a Private Pool”.
  3. Enter Pool ID 223387.
  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 3 parts of the passwords are information security related.

  1. Part 1 – First word of HVAC company whose stolen credentials led to a pretty big breach of a pretty big retailer in 2013 during the most important shopping period for retailers
  2. Part 2 – Date support for a version of Windows ends in 2014 (MMDD format)
  3. Part 3 – Name of malware allegedly discovered in 2013 which may use microphones and speakers to infect air-gapped computers

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.

Your final picks must be submitted by Thursday, March 20 at 01:00 AM EDT (the 4 play-in games earlier in the week aren’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. ;-)

I’ll post updates here and on Twitter periodically.

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