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Hack In The Box and MAKNA to Organise Charity Movie Screenings

Submitted by: Hack In The Box (M) Sdn. Bhd.

2007-06-26 00:07:59 digg facebook Email twitter print

Malaysia the first country in the Asia Pacific region to premier these movies, with all proceeds going to the Malaysian National Cancer Council - MAKNA.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (OPENPRESS) June 26, 2007 -- Hack in the Box (M) Sdn Bhd (HITB), the organiser of Asia's largest network security conference HITBSecConf, together with Malaysian National Cancer Council (MAKNA), will be organising a charity screening of two movies at the upcoming Hack in The Box Security Conference 2007 (HITBSecConf2007) in September.

This is the first time that the two movies, Freedom Downtime and Urchin, are being brought to Asia Pacific with Malaysia being the first country to screen it. The charity screenings will be held over two days from 3-4 September at KL Hilton. There will be four screening sessions on 3 September and an additional three screening sessions on 4 September. Ticket prices start at minimum RM20 and all proceeds from both movies will be donated to MAKNA.

Freedom Downtime is directed and produced by Emmanuel Goldstein. Meanwhile, Urchin stars both Emmanuel Goldstein and Mark Abene. Both Goldstein and Abene, who will be present during the screenings in Kuala Lumpur, are well-known figures in the underground hacker scene. They will also be speaking at the HiTBSecConf 2007 event which will run from 3-6 September.

"We are honoured to collaborate with MAKNA again this year for the charity screening and we hope to raise awareness in the country on understanding and treating cancer", said Dhillon Andrew Kannabhiran, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of HITB.

"Having Emmanuel Goldstein and Mark Abene in Kuala Lumpur is certainly a boost for us, and we hope all Malaysians will come out in full force and join us to support this charity initiative," added Kannabhiran.

Through this charity screening, both HITB and MAKNA hope to educate the public about cancer - a deadly disease that threatens human lives worldwide and is the no. 1 cause of death in Malaysia.

"Cancer and security do have one thing in common - knowledge of both issues is something that we need to instil among the society because like hacking you will not know when it will strike and it is important that we are well prepared for it," said Vemanna Appannah, Manager at MAKNA. "MAKNA's relationship with HITB began in 2006, and we are glad that HITB has continued to support our initiatives every year."

Eric Corley aka Emmanuel Goldstein is the co-founder/editor of '2600: The Hacker Quarterly'. He also hosts America's only hacker radio show. 2600 is the oldest running hackers' magazine and through 2600 Films, Goldstein produced Freedom Downtime, a feature-length documentary about famed hacker Kevin Mitnick, the Free Kevin movement and the hacker world.

Mark 'Phiber Optik' Abene is one of America's most notorious computer hackers. A former member of LOD (Legion of Doom), his later change of affiliation to rival group MOD (Masters of Deception) led to the beginning of the Great Hacker War in the early 1990s. A legendary figure in the hack/phreak scene, his unexpectedly harsh 12 months jail sentence by US courts in 1992 was unprecedented and widely condemned by the hacker community.

To find out more about HITBSecConf2007 and details about the two movies, please visit

Below is the schedule for the screening times:

3rd September
Freedom Downtime 11:30 AM 2:00:00 PM 4:30:00 PM 7:00 PM
Urchin 11:30 AM 2:00:00 PM 4:30:00 PM 7:00 PM

4th September
Freedom Downtime 11:30 AM 2:00:00 PM 4:30:00 PM
Urchin 11:30 AM 2:00:00 PM 4:30:00 PM

About Hack in The Box (M) Sdn Bhd (HITB)
HITB is the owner and organiser of HITBSecConf, Asia's largest annual network security conference that is endorsed by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), and the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation & Management Planning Unit (MAMPU). In April this year, HITB extended its reach by organising the first hacker conference in the UAE; HITBSecConf2007 - Dubai. HITB's website is at

About National Cancer Council, Malaysia (MAKNA)
Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA) also known as National Cancer Council is a non-for-profit organization established since 30 March 1995. It has been MAKNA's aim to pool and utilize all efforts, expertise and finance from all sectors of the society to fight cancer and reduce pain, morbidity and the suffering that cancer patients undergo. Towards this aim, to date, MAKNA has treated almost 40,000 cases at the Wad Onkologi Tengku Ampuan Afzan, Institut Kanser MAKNA-UKM with the collaboration of Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM).

Media contacts:
Tee Teng Beng/Sheena Melissa Chok
Hill & Knowlton
Tel: +603 2026 0899

Nurina / Vemanna Appannah
National Cancer Council, Malaysia (MAKNA)
Tel: +603 2162 3178

Contact Info

Hack In The Box (M) Sdn. Bhd.
Phone: +603-20394724
Suite 26.3, Level 26,
Menara IMC,
No. 8 Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur,

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Press Keywords: hacking, security, movie, phreaking, kevin mitnick, urchin, mark abene, emmanuel goldstein, 2600
Press Company: Hack In The Box (M) Sdn. Bhd.
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