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The GoCertify Team Wishes You a Happy Halloween

'Tis the season for spooky stuff! Before heading out to go trick-or-treating or participate in other festive holiday revels, test your historical knowledge of malware, viruses and famous hackers!

Enjoy this free cybersecurity quiz for Halloween!Boo! Something wicked this way comes, kiddies. Here in the United States, where GoCertify has its global headquarters, we're celebrating Halloween this week. That is some people's absolute favorite holiday on the calendar, and makes other people want to punch the whole world in the face.


Whichever camp you fall into, we have a fun holiday treat from our friends at Certification Magazine. In honor of the final day of October — coming up at the end of the week — and all of the trick-or-treaty goodness that comes with it, the CertMag team has created a topical quiz and graciously allowed us to repost it here.


(Topical, of course, because October, in addition to containing everyone's favorite jack-o-lantern-themed autumnal celebration, is also Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Do your part. #BeCyberSmart.)


See how you do! And don't forget to click to Page 2 of this article to see the answers.


1) What is the name of the worm, first detected on Jan. 26, 2004, that attacked Microsoft Windows and became the fastest-spreading worm to date?


2) Which real-life hacker stole and sold military technology from the French conglomerate Dassault Group, ultimately causing an estimated $360 million in damages prior to his arrest in 2008?


3) Which tenderhearted and fast-propagating worm, discovered May 4, 2000, inspired a song titled “E-mail” by British synth-pop duet Pet Shop Boys?


4) What hacker gained notoriety by cracking the U.S. Department of Defense computer network in 1999 at age 15?


5) The Slammer worm (also called SQL Slammer) slowed the internet to a crawl and caused a general panic on Jan. 25, 2003, by infecting approximately how many servers?


6) Who is the real-life hacker who provided the inspiration for the character played by Matthew Broderick in the 1983 movie WarGames?


7) What Trojan horse galloped across the globe in January 2007 using e-mails with provocative subject lines like “Saddam Hussein safe and sound!” and “Naked teens attack home director”?


8) Which worm, first detected in 2003, operated in part by removing a similar worm whenever it infected a new system?


9) Which cybersecurity luminary in 2015 briefly announced himself as the 2016 U.S. presidential candidate of the newly formed Cyber Party, before shifting a few months later to seek the nomination of the Libertarian Party?


10) What is the true identity of the hacker Acid Burn, who helped subvert the salami-slice hack of Ellingson Mineral Company in 1995?