Sony Dealing With Security Issues on Multiple Fronts

December 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Over the weekend Sony's PlayStation Network was the target of what appears to be a DDoS attack, and while the company didn't specifically say why its network was having issues, it did report sporadic connectivity problems.

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Microsoft and Sony Deny That Their Systems Were Compromised

November 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Over the weekend both Sony and Microsoft said that, despite the claims of hacking group DerpTrolling, none of its systems have been compromised recently. On Friday the group, which claimed responsibility for DDoS attacks on Blizzard's World of Warcraft servers during the launch of its latest expansion, said that it had infiltrated Microsoft and Sony's online services and had stolen passwords and usernames. It then posted a number of usernames and passwords to Pastebin to prove this.

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Hacker Group Claims Responsibility for Attacks on 'World of Warcraft' Servers

November 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A hacker group calling themselves "DerpTrolling" has claimed responsibility for the recent DDoS attacks on Blizzard's World of Warcraft servers over the weekend and has released a partial list of passwords and logins for various game-related services, including PlayStation Network and 2K accounts, according to this GII report.

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'Final Fantasy XIV' Servers Targeted by Ongoing DDoS Attacks

November 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Square Enix issued an advisory warning to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn players that they may experience intermittent connection issues due to an ongoing DDoS attack on the game's servers. While the attacks, which have apparently been ongoing for several days, are causing login difficulties for players, Square Enix says both personal customer information and character data "are not in danger of being exposed."

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'World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor' Launch Off To A Rocky Start

November 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor players are experiencing long queue times and other connection issues following a DDoS attack, according to Blizzard. While the DDoS attack probably isn't the only reason for players experiencing connectivity issues, it certainly didn't help matters any, according to Blizzard.

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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Found Guilty of Hacking

October 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Warg has been found guilty of hacking into computers and illegally downloading files in Denmark by a Danish court. The Danish court ruled that Warg and his co-defendant are guilty of breaking into computers owned by technology services giant CSC in February 2012. After gaining access to servers, the pair downloaded police and social security files, according to the BBC. Warg could face up to six years in jail when he is sentenced tomorrow.

His accomplice walked away free from the court because he had served 17 months in pre-trial detention.

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Malwarebytes Highlights Malware Masquerading as Console Emulators

October 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In its latest blog post (to go live at blog.malwarebytes.org soon), security research firm Malwarebytes details the programs and websites that promise software emulators, but deliver big trouble for users.

Chris Boyd, malware intelligence analyst at Malwarebytes Labs, chronicles just some of the programs and websites he found waiting for unsuspecting victims to wander in and make the mistake of downloading one of the many loaded programs masquerading as emulators.

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DOJ Indicts Four For Stealing Data From Microsoft, Valve, and The U.S. Military

October 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that four people have been indicted for allegedly breaching the computer systems of several video game companies and the US military, and stealing software worth over $100 million.

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DDoS Attacks Take Down 'Destiny,' 'Call of Duty' Servers, and The Escapist

September 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Hacking Group Lizard Squad is taking responsibility for knocking Destiny and Call of Duty: Ghosts servers offline with DDoS attacks today. This is the same group that took credit for a DDoS attack that took down the PlayStation Network last month and took credit for calling in a bomb threat that caused Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley's plane to be diverted.

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PSA: Don't Click Those Links In Twitch Chat Streams

September 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Twitch users who use chat should be very wary of clicking on links in the chat stream. According to this F-Secure security alert, a link to "csgoprize" showing up in Twitch chats is actually a phishing scam. The message from link posters encourages users to click on the link to participate in a weekly raffle to win Counter-Strike: Global Offensive items.

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Trion Worlds Targeted by DDoS Attack

September 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Over the weekend MMO maker Trion Worlds found itself targeted by a DDoS attack by an unknown party, affecting all of its games - including ArcheAge, RIFT, Defiance, and Trove.

According to TenTon Hammer the attacks started on Sept. 13. Trion Worlds' Twitter account indicated in its last update - which was on Sept. 13, noted that its services were still under attack:

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Google Anti-Abuse Research Head Hacks 'Hearthstone,' But Keeps Code to Himself

September 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Back in August, Elie Bursztein, the man in charge of Google's anti-abuse research team, detailed how he developed a tool to exploit Blizzard's popular collectible trading card game, Hearthstone. Bursztein gave a lengthy presentation on how he accomplished the hack during the Defcon 22 hacking conference in Las Vegas, but broke from convention by refusing to release his work online.

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4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

September 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like 4chan, a place that some might call the filthiest corner of the Internet, is putting a DMCA policy in place. According to this TorrentFreak article, the new policy was put in place in the wake of hundreds of nude celebrity photos being leaked online after being stolen from Apple's cloud service. Some insist that those photos first started showing up on 4chan.

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Hackers Aim DDoS Attacks at PSN, Xbox Live, and Other Services

August 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony announced via the PlayStation Blog that the online service for its game consoles, PlayStation Network, is back online after a day-long outage caused by a targeted distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. PSN and Sony Entertainment Network returned to service at 3 a.m. ET. A statement on the PlayStation Blog from Sony explained that the system was taken offline because of the DDoS attack.

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DDoS Attacks Disrupt Several Online Games

August 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks have targeted several popular online games including MMOs RuneScape and Eve Online, according to this Develop report. These attacks have (naturally) caused sporadic outages and limited players' ability to log into these games.

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Russian Hacking Group Claims Responsibility for CNET Security Breach

July 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A Russian hacking group claimed responsibility for a recent attack on technology news site CNET. The group claimed that it stole usernames, encrypted passwords and emails for more than one million users. CNET said a representative from the group - which calls itself 'w0rm' - informed it about the hack via a Twitter conversation.

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Malwarebytes: 'Typosquatters' Build Fake Steam Community Site to Scam Unsuspecting Visitors

July 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Anti-virus and Internet security research company Malwarebytes points out a common scam used to trick Internet users into thinking that they are visiting a legitimate site when they are in fact at a scam site just itching to steal their personal information or to infect them with some form of nefarious software. The example they use is a site that takes advantage of typosquatting.

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Malwarebytes Warns of New 'Steam Guard' Phishing Scam

June 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Malwarebytes researchers have discovered yet another phishing scheme related to gaming. The latest is a Steam Guard phishing scam that steals users SSFN files and Steam log-in credentials, according to Malwarebytes researchers.

Previous Steam Guard scams would prompt users to upload their SSFN files to a fishing page, but this latest scam goes to great lengths to automate the process. The enticing bait for gamers is a community profile full of items ready for trading.

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Witcher 3 Design Documents Stolen, Leaked on Reddit

June 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

CD Projekt Red has issued a warning concerning the leak of sensitive internal development documents for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that the developer says will ruin the plot for anyone foolhardy enough to look at them prior to the game's release. The developer says that the leaked documents expose key information, including the ending to the game. The documents appeared on 4Chan and Reddit over the weekend.

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Malwarebytes Warns DOTA 2 Players About Ongoing Phishing Scams

June 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Security research firm and anti-virus software maker Malwarebytes is warning players of Valve's popular MOBA game DOTA 2 to beware of nasty phishing schemes. The firm says in a new blog post that there is a new phishing scam making the rounds that offers "rare in-game items in exchange for a Yahoo email address and password," according to Malware intelligence analyst Chris Boyd at Malwarebytes.

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AVAST Warns World Cup Soccer Fans to Be Wary of Nefarious Apps

June 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Security software maker and security research firm AVAST Software have found several soccer apps that they describe as "ad-overloaded, data-hungry apps." As fans get ready for the World Cup to get underway in Brazil, the offering of soccer-related apps on the Google Play store is big; there are at least 125 different vuvuzela apps available. But AVAST Software is warning those keen to download these apps that some of them are wolves in sheep's' clothing.

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LulzSec Hacker 'Sabu' Sentenced to 'Time Served'

May 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Hector Xavier Monsegur, known online as LulzSec leader "Sabu," managed to avoid up to 26 years in Federal prison for his part in several major cyberattacks in 2013. With the help of prosecutors, who lobbied the court heavily on his behalf, Monsegur managed to get a sentence equivalent to the seven months he spent in jail for the crime already.

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LulzSec Leader May Get 'Time Served' For Helping FBI

May 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A former leader of hacking group LulzSec has helped the FBI thwart an estimated 300 cyber attacks since his arrest on hacking charges in 2011, court documents reveal. Hector Xavier Monsegur has helped to prevent losses of millions of dollars, according to court documents filed by prosecutors. Monsegur will be sentenced on Tuesday for his role in major online hacking attacks, but his aid will likely go a long way in getting him a reduced sentence.

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Hackers Attack Operation Supply Drop During '8-Bit Salute' Charity Event

May 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Over the weekend military related charity Operation Supply Drop held its gaming marathon '8-Bit Salute' to raise money for sending care packages to military personal deployed in combat zones and recovering in military hospitals. But during this weekend's event hackers decided to ruin everything by taking down the charity's main web site where those who wanted to contribute would have made their donations.

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Bohemia Confirms Attacks on DayZ Servers

May 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Bohemia Interactive has acknowledged that servers for its popular open-world multiplayer survival game, DayZ have been stolen, but insists that these attacks will not affect the game in the long-term. The game is available via Steam Early Access and still in alpha development. Early reports suggested that the game's source code had been compromised or stolen, but Bohemia did not confirm or deny those reports.

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Malwarebytes Discusses the Dangers of 'Sideloading' Game Apps

April 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Security researchers at Malwarebytes has a new blog post up talking about the dangers of "sideloading apps," or bypassing the app store on your preferred Android-based device to install games. Malwarebytes say that this practice is "best avoided" because it makes it easier for malware makers to install something nefarious on your device.

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NSA and White House Deny Prior Knowledge of 'Heartbleed' Bug

April 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The National Security Agency has denied that it knew about or took advantage of the Heartbleed online security flaw. The U.S. spy agency made the statement following this Bloomberg report that it took advantage of the OpenSSL exploit before it was made public by security researchers.

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Blizzard's European Servers Suffer DDoS Attacks

April 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The European servers for several of Blizzard's most popular games suffered from a distributed denial of service on March 30 and 31. According to a post on Battle.net and the European user forums for Diablo III. Blizzard confirmed that performance issues related to several of its games in Europe were affected by attacks and that they are "investigating" the situation.

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Australian Man Charged With Hacking Unnamed U.S. Video Game Company

March 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A Queensland, Australia man accused of allegedly infiltrating and comprising an unnamed video game company's computer network located in the United States has been charged after a joint investigation between local police and the FBI, according to the Brisbane Times.

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Report: EA Web Sever Hacked, Used for Phishing Scam

March 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A web server belonging to Electronic Arts has been hacked and is now hosting a phishing website, according to what Paul Mutton from internet security firm Netcraft uncovered. Mutton said that hackers probably exploited a vulnerability in an online calendar application hosted on the web server to gain entry. The hacking group Derp has claimed responsibility for the hack and the phishing scheme. EA said that it is investigating Netcraft's claims.

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MaskedPixelantehttp://uplay.ubi.com/#!/en-US/events/uplay-15-days You can win FREE GAMES FOR A YEAR! Unfortunately, they're Ubisoft games.12/18/2014 - 6:29pm
Papa MidnightAh, so it was downtime. I've been seeing post appear in my RSS feed, but I was unable to access GamePolitics today across several ISPs.12/18/2014 - 6:06pm
james_fudgeSorry for the downtime today, folks.12/18/2014 - 5:54pm
PHX Corphttp://www.craveonline.com/gaming/articles/801575-sony-refuses-offer-refund-playstation-game-fraudulently-purchased-hacker Sony Refuses to Offer Refund for PlayStation Game Fraudulently Purchased by Hacker12/18/2014 - 1:43pm
NeenekoMakes sense to me, and sounds kinda cool. One cool thing about Minecraft is the meta game, you can implement other game types within its mechanics. There are servers out there with plots, an episodic single player one sound kinda cool12/18/2014 - 11:07am
MaskedPixelantehttps://mojang.com/announcing-minecraft-story-mode/ Umm... what?12/18/2014 - 10:24am
NeenekoThat would make sense. Theaters probably can not afford the liability worry or a drop in ticket sales from worried people. Sony on the other hand can take a massive writeoff, and might even be able to bypass distribution contracts for greater profit.12/18/2014 - 10:03am
ConsterNeeneko: I thought they cancelled it because the major cinema franchises were too scared of terrorist attacks to show the film?12/18/2014 - 9:55am
Neeneko@Wonderkarp - there is still a lot of debate regarding if the movie was a motive or not. Unnamed officials say yes, the timeline says no.12/18/2014 - 9:10am
NeenekoSomething does not smell right though, Sony is no stranger to being hacked, so why cancel this film? For that matter, they are still not giving in to hacker's original demands as far as I know.12/18/2014 - 9:06am
PHX Corp@prh99 Not to mention the Dangerous Precedent that sony's hacking scandal just set http://mashable.com/2014/12/17/sony-hackers-precedent/12/18/2014 - 8:25am
Matthew WilsonI hope its released to netflix or amazon12/18/2014 - 12:11am
prh99Basically they've given every tin pot dictator and repressive regime a blue print how to conduct censorship abroad. The hecklers veto wins again. At least when it comes to Sony and the four major theater chains.12/17/2014 - 11:55pm
MaskedPixelante"It's not OUR fault that our game doesn't work, it's YOUR fault for having so many friends."12/17/2014 - 9:48pm
Matthew Wilsonapparently tetris did not work because he has a full friends list12/17/2014 - 9:21pm
WonderkarpSo Sony cancelled the release of the Interview. was it ever confirmed that the Sony hacking was done because of that specific movie?12/17/2014 - 8:54pm
MaskedPixelanteWow, Ubisoft went four for four, I didn't think it was actually possible.12/17/2014 - 8:37pm
MechaTama31Oh, ok, I was mixing up "on Greenlight" and "Greenlit".12/17/2014 - 8:23pm
Matthew Wilson@phx you beat me to it. how do you screw up tetris?! my ubisoft this is just stupid. no one should ever preorder a ubisoft game again! ps people should never preorder any game regardles of dev.12/17/2014 - 6:28pm
PHX Corphttp://www.ign.com/videos/2014/12/17/what-the-heck-is-wrong-with-tetris-ps4 I give up on ubisoft12/17/2014 - 6:01pm
 

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