Company tries to thwart cheat developers by making it financially unfeasible
In response to a Reddit thread claiming that the Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) program records users’ browsing history, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell replied that it isn’t the case. Newell broached the subject on his own Reddit thread to provide an explanation of how VAC works in order to refute these claims.
Young activists fess up to series of hacker attacks.
Ryan Ackroyd, a 26-year-old from South Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to a single count of a computer-related hacking charge, according to a report in U.K.'s The Guardian newspaper. Ackroyd admitted in court to being involved with hactivist organization Lulz Security, otherwise known as LulzSec, and to plotting a series of attacks on websites such as 20th Century Fox, Sony, Nintendo, News International, Arizona state police in the U.S., and other targets.
Hacking group takes credit for attack on U.S. Department of Justice's website.
The hactivist organization known as Anonymous is claiming it's the one responsible for infiltrating the U.S. Department of Justice's Sentencing Commission website (www.ussc.gov) over the weekend. This latest attack was in retaliation to the government's attempt to prosecute Aaron Swartz for illegally downloading millions of academic journals from JSTOR, an online archive and journal distribution service.
Hactivist group promises more shenanigans in 2013.
If you thought the hactivist group known as Anonymous would fade from view in the New Year, think again. Anonymous posted a message making it clear it intends to keep on hacking, telling the world, "We are still here...Expect us." Of course, it just wouldn't be an anonymous post without some derogatory language, so keep that in mind before clicking through to the organization's website for the full message.
Though it's been relatively quiet lately, the high profile hacking organization known as Lulz Security (LulzSec) spent much of last summer stirring up trouble on the Internet, often times at the expense of innocent users who happened to be customers of whichever organization the cyber scoundrels were targeting. The FBI hasn't forgotten about all the illegal activity that took place, and related to the infamous Sony breach, federal authorities arrested a second suspected LulzSec member in the U.S.
Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind the insanely popular World of Warcraft franchise and, more recently, Diablo III, confirmed that it's Battle.net game service suffered a security breach that compromised certain user data. The full extent of the hack attack is still unknown, but at this stage, Blizzard doesn't believe that any financial data was lifted, including credit card info, billing addresses, or real names.
Misery loves company, though that probably won't come as much consolation to social networking site LinkedIn, which is now joined by at least two other sites that suffered a serious security breach at the hands of the same band of hackers. Both Last.fm and eHarmony issued separate statements confirming that some user passwords may have been compromised in the recent hacker attack.
So you're thinking about selling your Xbox 360 console, perhaps because you pre-ordered the Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars Bundle and want to offset part of the cost, or maybe you're going all-in with PC gaming. Whatever the reason for getting rid of your Xbox 360, there are some things you need to know before tossing it up on eBay or Craigslist, and it has to do with your credit card information.
What better way to start the work week than with a delicious slice of irony pie? The hacktivist group known as Anonymous spent the past year harassing websites and web users alike with a series of high profile attacks. Authorities responded by arresting Anons around the world, but new information shows that police weren't the only ones spanking Anonymous. Symantec says that an enterprising bot herder modified a link to one of Anon's voluntary DDoS tools to point to a file infected with the Zeus Trojan instead.
When Steam was hacked way back in November, Valve took the high road and immediately informed users of the breach. (Not that the company had much choice -- the hackers defaced the Steam forums as part of their nefarious deeds.) The baddies snuck into an encrypted database full of sensitive user info -- including credit card numbers -- but Valve found no evidence that any of the data was stolen or cracked. That's the good news. Now the bad news: the breach is probably worse than originally thought and the hackers may still have your credit card information.