Koreas first step to globalization through ODT

ZDNet Korea reports that the South Korean government is making a first-step to shift from the proprietary Hangul Word Processor (HWP) file format (.hwp) to the Open Document Format (ODF). To understand why this is such a big deal, you first need to understand that HWP is part of the national identity. It is/was a government sponsored monopoly. Even schoolchildren were reminded that it’s their duty to buy HWP. They must have a valid license(s) (because no other word processor is acceptable). The format is proprietary, and no other word processor can read it. Microsoft released a HWP2DOC converter. Government organizations were forced to use HWP, and businesses where “encouraged” strongly.

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Password Cracking Test Data

Here are some files to test your password cracking skills. All of them can be done in less than a few hours with CPU-based cracking. You can download the file and practice hash extraction + cracking, or just download the hashes directly.

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Horrible messaging is bad for national security

For over a year, anyone with a mobile phone in Korea has had to put up with spam text messages from Korea’s Ministry of Public Safety and Security (국민안전처). I thought it was wise to have such an emergency system considering that I live about 30km from the DMZ (boarder with the North), unfortunately this ministry found a way to make such an emergency system less effective.

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