Structural Changes to SOLDIERX, New Recruit Status

As many of you probably already know, we have been working hard to make SOLDIERX more organized and efficient. Our previous addition of inductee status did wonders for getting fresh talent in the group. Unfortunately, it has suffered in the same way that our previous membership suffered - a few really unproductive individuals are able to cause everybody to want to slack off. Based on traffic analysis, it seems that these unproductive inductees were simply using their inductee status to gain access to restricted content without having to pay any dues, such as VIP costs. The high council has thought long and hard about how to solve this problem, and we have finally come up with a solution. Our solution is the new recruit status. It enables people to join the group in a "recruitment" phase where their only additional perk is the ability to add certain types of content to the site.

The Return of CriticalMass

CriticalMass has returned from the ashes of yesteryear to rejoin the ranks of the SX Crew. His initial plans are to write some tutorials for the site. He is also working to drive more traffic to the site. For anybody who doesn't know, CriticalMass was part of the group circa 2003 and was the first member to give a speech at Defcon. He also has been mentioned in books such as The Art of Intrusion by Kevin Mitnick. Welcome back!

New Records Set in January 2010, Adsense Added

Greetings to everybody in the world of the wired. I am very happy to announce that we have broken all previous site hit records with a record 1,295,063 hits for the month of January 2010. A year ago in January 2009, we only had 168,293 hits. I think that it's safe to say that we're on a full fledged comeback. While our ranks and projects are growing rapidly, we could still use more help. If you have a unique set of technical skills, consider joining us. If you just enjoy using the site, please consider becoming a VIP member. If you're a VIP member, please test out our early releases of Agent Steal and SX OFACE and let us know what we can do to improve them.

Sn4ggl3 Reconsiders Not Voting, SX OFACE Released to VIP

Sn4ggl3 re-read the tutorials and decided that EverestX really put some effort behind his tutorials. He also felt that the hacking nature of the tutorials was supportive of one of the main points of SOLDIERX - gaining access to information. Because of this, Sn4ggl3 has awarded EverestX all of his points (total of 15). I have also reconsidered my decision and given EverestX my remaining 3 points. This puts EverestX as 29 points and gives him third place. In other news, SX OFACE was released to VIP members. If you are VIP, please download and test it today. COSCstudent needs feedback!

2009 Tutorial Contest Votes Tallied, Kayin Takes First Place Again!

We are happy to announce that all of the votes have been tallied. We have publicly posted the results so that everybody can see how the choices were made. Thank you to everybody who participated. Kayin took first place, COSCstudent took second, and somehow cisc0ninja has taken third. Due to a high council member not being allowed to win in the tutorial contest, cisc0ninja will have to choose somebody to have his shirt sent to. A 2010 tutorial contest is in the works, but we are trying to figure out a way to get more entries and more technical entries than the past two years. Thanks again to everybody who submitted tutorials and to everybody that voted!

Microsoft Issues DMCA Take Down Notice to DECAF

We were contacted by Mike of Decafme.org to let people know that DECAF has been taken down via a DMCA notice from Microsoft. We are making this post to raise awareness for the ridiculous attempt by Microsoft to break their constitutional rights as well as the cowardice of godaddy.com to give into such a ridiculous request so quickly and easily. Microsoft is claiming it's a copyright violation based on them identifying COFEE in their DECAF program. Decafme.org is currently talking with an organization for legal help in this matter. We wish them the best of luck.

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