Report: Phantasy Star Online 2 Hacked

July 12, 2012 -

According to this Kotaku report, Sega is investigating a recent hacking incident in Phantasy Star Online 2. The free-to-play sci-fi MMORPG sequel was hacked so that vital NPCs players have to interact with were out of reach - somehow put on high structures that were well out of reach of players.

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PSA: July 9 Deadline Approaches for Those Still Affected by DNSChanger

July 5, 2012 -

Back in March we reported the FBI's plans to shut down the DNS servers it was running to allow those affected by the DNSChanger malware to access the Internet. Dating all the way back to 2007, DNSChanger targeted Windows or Mac systems by manipulating Domain Name Servers (DNS) and DNS routing. When a computer became infected the malware would redirect DNS requests to servers controlled by an internet crime ring, which then served up web ads to users.

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Report: Anonymous Claims Responsibility for Japanese Government Web Site Attacks

June 27, 2012 -

Individuals claiming to be a part of the hacktivist group Anonymous have claimed responsibility for a series of cyber attacks on Japanese government websites. The websites for Japan's Finance Ministry, Supreme Court, and the DPJ and LDP political parties were taken down temporarily by attacks. The sites are now back online.

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Two LulzSec Members Plead Guilty to Charges in the UK

June 25, 2012 -

Two British men admitted to being part of the hacktivist group LulzSec and to committing various acts of hacking against high profile targets in a British court today.

Ryan Cleary pled guilty to hacking charges to being a member of LulzSec. Jake Davis also admitted to attacking the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) in the UK. The two men entered a plea of guilty earlier today while two others, Ryan Ackroyd and an unnamed 17-year-old, denied the charges.

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Rockstar Takes Novel Approach to Punishing Max Payne 3 Multiplayer Cheaters

June 13, 2012 -

The multiplayer portion of Rockstar Games' Max Payne 3 has been hacked and the company is now urging players to help them identify people that are using the cheats to get a leg up in online games. In a post on the company's official blog Rockstar said that it wants players to identify exploiters:

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League of Legends European Database Hacked

June 11, 2012 -

Riot Games has issued a statement via its official League of Legends forums letting players in Europe know that its user database for the game has been compromised. While the company says that no payment information was compromised during the security breach, the company did not say what personal information may have been stolen. From the forum post:

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Blizzard Looking Into Hacked Diablo III Account Claims

May 22, 2012 -

A number of Diablo III players have claimed that they have logged into their accounts and found that they have been hacked. Players claim that their gear, characters, and gold vanished without a trace. Blizzard Entertainment says that it is taking these reports "very seriously" and is looking to what exactly is going on. Other reports have indicated that this was being caused by some sort of bug.

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The New Yorker: PS3 Jailbreaker George Hotz Talks Anonymous, Meeting with Sony

May 1, 2012 -

A new profile of George "Geohot" Hotz, the guy who jailbroke the iPhone and then the PlayStation 3, went live today in The New Yorker Magazine

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MMO Maker Cryptic Warns Users of Security Breach

April 26, 2012 -

Perfect World Entertainment's Cryptic Studios has issued a statement warning customers of its various MMO titles that it has suffered from a security breach. The security breach happened way back in December 2010, but was only recently detected because the company beefed up its security. The breach resulted in hackers obtaining user account names and encrypted passwords, some of which they apparently have managed to crack.

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Sony Yanks Super Collapse 3 From PlayStation Store

April 23, 2012 -

Sony recently yanked two games from the PlayStation Store because they found a vulnerability to hacker Wololo's Vita exploit - commonly known as the "Vita Half-Byte Loader" (VHBL). VHBL allows unsigned code - homebrew or code that has not been approved by the platform holder - to run in the PSP emulator.

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Computers Infected with 'DNSChanger' Malware May Have Internet Trouble This Summer

April 23, 2012 -

A dramatic story making the rounds claims that if "you don't have your computer malware free by July 9th the FBI will shut your computer down." As Techland points out, the story has roots in a small bit of reality but reporting on it has been a little bit overblown. The story originates all the way back to 2007, when malware called DNSChanger managed to infect millions of computers around the world.

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Report: Anonymous Promises to 'Shut Down the Internet' March 31

March 29, 2012 -

A new message posted on Pastebin and attributed to the hacking group Anonymous promises to shut down the entire internet on March 31. The group says that it will target the 13 root DNS servers that make up the bulk of the servers that give URL names to most of the Internet.

As to why they would want to do this, they say the following:

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Report: Sony Yanks Two PSP Games Because of Vita Exploit

March 27, 2012 -

Sony has taken two PSP games off the PlayStation Store, after it was revealed that the games might contain an exploit that allowed hackers access to the handheld's core functionality. In other words, it gave them the ability to run any kind of software they wanted to on the Vita. The two PSP games taken offline are Everybody's Tennis and MotorStorm Arctic Edge. The latter may have been taken off the store for other reasons and the timing of its removal could simply be coincidental.

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Capcom Says it is Aware of Hacked Street Fighter x Tekken DLC Characters Being Played on Xbox Live

March 19, 2012 -

According to this C&VG report, Capcom is aware of hacks being used to play unreleased Street Fighter x Tekken DLC content on Xbox Live, and will do something about it.

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Geohot Caught With Pot

March 16, 2012 -

George Hotz may be best known as the guy that was sued by Sony for jailbreaking the PS3 and for jailbreaking the iPhone, but last week he was charged with a felony for something that didn't involve Electronic devices and hacking.

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An Open Letter to an Xbox Hacker

March 15, 2012 -

Jason Helton pens an F-U letter to the guy who hijacked his Xbox Live account (and credit card) and decided to buy a bunch of crap on Xbox Live. The lover letter can be found over at Joystick Division, and might be funny until you consider what this poor guy had to do stop this interloper. For one, he probably had to cancel his credit card and try to dispute any purchases the guy made, and then he decided to simply wipe his Xbox Live account to avoid any further agitation.

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Anonymous 'News Source' Offers Comfort to Group in Wake of FBI Arrests

March 7, 2012 -

A Twitter account that serves as the "news source" of the hacking group Anonymous vows revenge against the FBI for six arrests it made of LulzSec and Anonymous members announced yesterday and offers tips on how to strike back. @YourAnonNews also encouraged members in the group, telling them not to be discouraged that top members had turned FBI informants.

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FBI Makes Multiple LulzSec Arrests, Aided By Former Leader

March 6, 2012 -

Update: The FBI has issued a press release with more details on the arrests made so far. They name names and list all of the charges.

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Anonymous Hacks U.S. Government Websites in Protest of ACTA

February 17, 2012 -

The hacktivist group Anonymous continues to assault government websites in protest of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The group has reportedly hacked several U.S. government web sites including business.ftc.gov, consumer.gov, and the National Consumer Protection Week official site (ncpw.gov). According to VentureBeat the group compromised the websites and then posted anti-ACTA statements and a PSA video.

Below is the statement they posted on the sites:

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Microsoft Files Complaint Against Halo 4 Beta 'Phishing' Site

January 31, 2012 -

It was about two weeks ago that Halo 4 developer 343 Industries warned gamers that any Halo 4 sites offering access to a beta were fake. One such site, Halo4beta.net, is now feeling the wrath of Microsoft's legal team, according to Fusible.

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DICE Seeks Anti-Cheat Administrator

January 30, 2012 -

DICE is looking for an anti-cheat security expert, according to a new job listing on its official site. The Battlefield series developer is looking for someone willing to take up residence in its home office (Stockholm, Sweden) where they will be charged with "secure the online experience for all DICE titles." Whoever dons the mantle of "Anti-Cheat Administrator" will have their work cut out from them, given all the hacking and cheating going on with its latest title Battlefield 3.

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OnGuardOnline.gov Hacked over SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA

January 24, 2012 -

Hackers under auspices of the AntiSec group claimed responsibility for hacking OnGuardOnline.gov, the U.S. federal government's online security website, in protest of various internet-related legislation including ACTA, SOPA and PIPA. OnGuardOnline.gov is managed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in cooperation with 14 other agencies.

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Polish Government Will Sign ACTA Thursday

January 24, 2012 -

Officials from the Polish government say that they are steadfast in their support of ACTA, despite the threats from Anonymous. The hacktivist group attacked various Polish government sites over the weekend in hopes of deterring the country from supporting the international agreement on counterfeiting and IP protection. Polish government minister Michal Boni, defended the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, saying that signing the international treaty would not hamper Internet usage. He added that Poland still plans to sign it on Thursday, as planned.

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Polish Government Rethinks ACTA Support after Anonymous Attacks

January 23, 2012 -

An attack on multiple government web sites in Poland by hacktivist group Anonymous has made the Polish government rethink its position on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the negotiated-in-secret anti-piracy framework. (ACTA) is a treaty that would institute international standards regarding intellectual property protection enforcement. In October of last year the U.S., Japan, Australia, Canada, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea agreed to move forward with the proposal during a meeting in Tokyo.

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CoveritLive Warns Users of Possible Security Breach

January 14, 2012 -

While it isn't indicated on its official site, the CoveritLive service has apparently been hacked and some personal user data may have been compromised, according to an email sent to subscribers this evening. The Live blogging technology is used by plenty of journalists, bloggers, and web sites as an easy way to blog live events. From the letter they mailed out to users this evening:

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Apple Targets Apptrackr with DMCA Take-Downs

January 4, 2012 -

Those who use jailbroken iPhones and enjoy pirating software are in for a rude awakening as Apple uses the DMCA to take out a frequently used service - Apptrackr. According to Apptrackr developer "Dissident," Apple has sent what he calls "huge takedown notices" to cut off access to pirated apps found through the software. Apptrackr has decided to move the physical location of its servers outside the United States to get around Apple's legal maneuvers and is also employing a form of redirection to avoid "direct" links to infringing content.

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Anonymous Targets Sony over SOPA in New Video

December 30, 2011 -

A new video supposedly from the hacking group Anonymous warns Sony that they are soon to be targeted for their support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

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Man Tinkers with Skylanders Figures, Gets Cease-and-Desist from Activision

December 29, 2011 -

Hacker Brandon Wilson decided to tinker with Activision's Skylanders action figures to see how they work. In case you don't know, Skylanders uses action figures that are placed on a portal peripheral that makes them appear in the game by reading the bottom of the figure.

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Trion Worlds Hacked, Customers Warned

December 23, 2011 -

Trion Worlds, makers of the MMO Rift Online, has been hacked according to an email it sent out to subscribers last night. The company said in the letter that unknown intruders gained access to a Trio Worlds account database that contained personal user information and credit card data.

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F-Secure: Consumers Will Lose $10 Million to Cyber Criminals During Holiday Season

December 19, 2011 -

According to a new report from F-Secure, over $10 million will be stolen online by cyber criminals this holiday season, because consumers are increasingly turning away from traditional retail to shop at online retailers. Online shopping has increased 10 percent since the same period a year ago, to right around $30.9 billion dollars - so far - according to comScore. For example, Cyber Monday raked in $1.25 billion, and Free Shipping Day saw around $1.72 billion in revenue.

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Andrew EisenAs it happens, Chinatown Wars is the only GTA game I've played.04/19/2014 - 10:43am
Papa MidnightWith GTA5 (to date) failing to even provide indication of a PC release, I'm realising that this might be the first GTA game that I have not played (outside of Chinatown Wars) since the series inception.04/19/2014 - 8:14am
IanCSo im guessing a bunch of edutainment games, which a lot of people elsewhere are going gaga over, dot count as classics? Okay. If you don't mind me, i have a sudden urge to play Putt Putt....04/19/2014 - 6:15am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/04/18/playstation-99-cent-sale-discounts-tokyo-jungle-super-stardust/ Weekend long PSN flash sale. So much stuff is 99 cents for the rest of the weekend.04/18/2014 - 5:59pm
Adam802http://www.polygon.com/2014/4/18/5627928/newtown-video-game-addiction-forum04/18/2014 - 4:14pm
Matthew Wilsonit is a video talking about why certain games/products/consoles do well, and others do not. he back it up with solid research.04/18/2014 - 3:56pm
Andrew EisenI'm not keen on blind links. What is it?04/18/2014 - 3:45pm
Matthew Wilsonthis is worth a whatch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyXcr6sDRtw&list=PL35FE5C4B157509C904/18/2014 - 3:43pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 3: Night Dive was brought to the attention of the public by a massive game recovery, and yet most of their released catalogue consists of games that other people did the hard work of getting re-released.04/17/2014 - 8:46pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 2: If Humongous Entertainment wanted their stuff on Steam, why didn't they talk to their parent company, which does have a number of games published on Steam?04/17/2014 - 8:45pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 1: When Night Dive spent the better part of a year teasing the return of true classics, having their big content dump be edutainment is kind of a kick in the stomach.04/17/2014 - 8:44pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.giantbomb.com/articles/jeff-gerstmann-heads-to-new-york-takes-questions/1100-4900/ He talks about the future games press and the games industry. It is worth your time even though it is a bit long, and stay for the QA. There are some good QA04/17/2014 - 5:28pm
IanCErm so they shouldn't sell edutainment at all? Why?04/17/2014 - 4:42pm
MaskedPixelanteNot that linkable, go onto Steam and there's stuff like Pajama Sam on the front-page, courtesy of Night Dive.04/17/2014 - 4:13pm
Andrew EisenOkay, again, please, please, PLEASE get in a habit of linking to whatever you're talking about.04/17/2014 - 4:05pm
MaskedPixelanteAnother round of Night Dive teasing and promising turns out to be stupid edutainment games. Thanks for wasting all our time, guys. See you never.04/17/2014 - 3:44pm
Matthew WilsonAgain the consequences were not only foreseeable, but very likely. anyone who understood supply demand curvs knew that was going to happen. SF has been a econ/trade hub for the last hundred years.04/17/2014 - 2:45pm
Andrew EisenMixedPixelante - Would you like to expand on that?04/17/2014 - 2:43pm
MaskedPixelanteWell, I am officially done with Night Dive Studios. Unless they can bring something worthwhile back, I'm never buying another game from them.04/17/2014 - 2:29pm
PHX Corphttp://www.msnbc.com/ronan-farrow/watch/video-games-continue-to-break-the-mold-229561923638 Ronan Farrow Daily on Video games breaking the mold04/17/2014 - 2:13pm
 

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