Many thanks to Bram Gallagher for the use of his work.
Olympic event boxing isn’t here, but you won’t miss bloody fights and gravity-defying action in the East Asian Games. Out of 17 medal sports in the Macao Games, three are about fighting: wushu, or Chinese kungfu, karate and taekwondo. Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li have made Chinese martial arts better known to the world and these movie stars have helped wushu become a serious sport. Asian martial arts account for nearly one-fifth of the 234 goldmedals up for grabs in Macao. Wushu has 19 as the third gold-richest sport in the East Asian Games, after swimming/diving (52) and athletics (45). Macao had its first pay day for its costly nine-year preparation for the games as wushu master Huang Yanhui won the games’ first gold medal from the women’s Nanquan, or southern boxing.
More golds are set to come from wushu and dragon boat races although it had won only one gold from the previous three editions. The 24-year-old Huang dazzled the audience and the judges with a fast and furious display of southern Chinese fist fighting to hold off her five rivals. Wushu derives from a wide variety of ancient Chinese martial arts with a distinctive oriental culture and can be traced back to 3000B.C.. As a sport, wushu is composed of two disciplines: Taolu (routines) and Sanshou (combat). Wushu combined a unique competitiveness with healthy values and as such, the sport has developed internationally. In 1990, the International Wushu Federation was established and four years later it was recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). IOC President Jacques Rogge has told Beijing Olympic organizers that wushu would not be part of the 2008 program. But to comfort the Chinese, who have been trying for the past decade to persuade the IOC to accept wushu as an official Olympic event, Rogge said there will be an international wushu competitionorganized by the Beijing Olympic organizers.
Montclair, NJ, USA
A mistake made by a Montclair State University (MSU) employee has put more than 75 percent of the university’s undergraduates at risk for identity theft. For the past five months, the Social Security numbers of 9,100 MSU undergraduates were searchable by Internet search engines. The university was advised of the problem on October 7 when a student, who found his personal information online after an Internet search, contacted MSU’s Information Technology Department. According to Ann Frechette, MSU’s executive director of communications and marketing, a university employee accidentally stored the Social Security numbers and declared majors of the students on MSU’s Web server. The employee, Frechette said, believed the files were secure, or nonsearchable, because they were not linked onto the university’s Website. “But in fact, anything stored on the Web server is searchable by Web engines,” Frechette said. Working with the New Jersey State Attorney General’s Office, the university was able to remove all files from Internet caches by October 12, five days after the university was notified about the problem. MSU is located in Montclair, NJ.
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Banks to blacklist rogue workers in fraud fight. I can already see the law suits from the fraudsters! But at least it is a positive move to stop these lowly criminals…
Major U.S. financial institutions are working to set up a new defense against insider fraud: a database of employees who are known to be scam risks. Banks and similar organizations already run reference and background checks on new employees, but an extra security measure is needed, according to BITS, a consortium of 100 of the largest U.S. financial institutions. The new database, announced Wednesday, October 26, will list information on employees at financial institutions who were fired because they compromised customer data or knowingly caused financial losses, the group said. “There is a phenomenon of people being able to literally walk down the street to another financial institution and get hired,” said Cheryl Charles, a senior director at BITS. In one case, the same scammer was hired by three institutions, she said. “This new database is going to help prevent that kind of thing,” said Charles. Reports of insiders attacking financial services systems are on the increase. In a 2004 Deloitte survey of IT security in the industry, 35 percent of companies said they had come under an attack from an internal source. That’s up from 14 percent in 2003.
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It is sad but true, and if it isn’t well the media is going to do its part to make it a reality! Since the ecommerce has seen steady growth every year it must be stopped! After all the media doesn’t seem to support anything positive, watch the news. So there are numerous stories floating around the press stating that all these ID Theft stories are having a negative impact on Internet sales (ecommerce). While this could be true I hope it is not. What the media should do is spend more time educating the public on how to protect themselves like the previous CNet article we covered. Alas, as we reported here, ecommerce transactions are among the safest you can make. While it would be very painful to have to reconstruct your credit and prove your innocence if someone stole and used your identity most of the measures out there are there to protect big business, not John Does checking account. So be vigilant with your personal data, keep shopping online and remember that if you still hold your credit card you are not even responsible for the first $50.00 of fraudulent charges! Chances are if your credit card data gets lost, it is the credit card company who lost it! Shop On…OSU!
The Swaziland Kyokushin Karate Association (SKKA) will host a mass grading session at KaBoyce High School hall on Saturday. SKKA’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Edward Manana said the session would begin at 9a.m. He invited all teams to send karatekas to the event. “We urge karatekas to attend the session. Our special focus is on development, so we would be very pleased if the juniors and the female artists can attend in their numbers,” he said. Conducting the session, according to Manana, will be senior instructors (3rd Dan Black Belt), Sensei Enock Mavuso and Sensei James Sibandze. Manana further observed that their development was going on very well as the number of grading karatekas had surged dramatically. “The standard of karate in the country has improved a lot.” The SKKA expressed hope that these sessions would leave the karatekas prepared for next years international assignments.
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Parents online The Science Museum is about to host an exhibition examining how a new wave of ‘identity burglars’ can steal our lives through technology. Developed with security company McAfee, the ‘Digital You’ exhibition will run for two months from 8 November, and is free to attend. At the exhibition visitors will see how their identities are increasingly being expressed virtually via stored documents and pictures, online profiles, passwords and surfing preferences. The event will explore how everyone’s digital identities are vulnerable to attack, through the hi-jacking of computers, viruses and from cloning of their online identity. Visitors will see how they can keep their personal information and identities more secure.
Hannah Redler, Arts Project Curator at the Science Museum, said: “From teenagers who play and chat online to adults who shop, bank and work via their computers and mobile devices, virtual identities are constantly being created and yet are increasingly left exposed. “We welcomed the opportunity to [bring] to life a traditionally technical subject for our visitors.”
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The WTKA World Championships officially invites you all to take part in their 2005 OPEN WORLD KARATE CHAMPIONSHIPS which will take place in Viareggio, ITALY from 25 to 27 November 2005.
The WTKA International World Championships will include Kumite, Kata, Kobudo, Point Karate and Karate self defence to give all competitors the possibility to make a different experience. For more information please visit The WTKA website. To all competitors….Good Luck!
Rise in spear phishing attacks on businesses. Spear phishing attacks are the latest technique used by computer hackers to gain access to secure enterprise networks. Unlike common phishing attacks which target millions of users, spear phishing attack is focused on one end-user or an organization at a time, and typically asks for login IDs and passwords. Spear phishing is time-consuming attack which requires computer hackers study the target company and gather as much information as possible on the structure of the company and its personnel from public available sources such as articles, the company Website and telephone inquires. After a successful spear phishing attack, the attacker installs malicious software that gathers and extracts sensitive private and corporate data, often sold to third parties or used for identity theft.
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