What did you do yesterday? Go to work? Read a book? Breathe? Well, given the way unstoppable hacking force of nature Lulz Security spent its past 24 hours, we're guessing quite a few people are wishing it'd stop doing that last thing. After steamrolling everyone from Nintendo to Bethesda, Lulz Sec upped its game, punching gaping holes in four major gaming outlets – in a single day.
Lulz Security might very well be on a mission to hack the entire planet. Adding to the group's collective resume of security breaches is the U.S. Senate's computer network, which was targeted because of LulzSec's admitted disdain for the U.S. government. The attack is the latest in a long string of high profile break-ins that include hacks on Sony, Fox.com, Bethesda Softworks, and the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service network.
You put your money into the bank trusting that your banking institution's computer security safeguards will keep it from falling into the wrong hands. But when hackers do manage to break in and steal money from your account, should the bank be held responsible? Not according to a Maine judge who ruled in a case involving a business that sued its bank after losing $345,000 via unauthorized Automated Clearing House (ACH) transfers.
Google earlier this week said hundreds of Gmail accounts were compromised by hackers in China, including accounts belonging to U.S. government officials and military personnel. This was followed up by a report in the Washington Post claiming one of the affected Gmail accounts belonged to a Cabinet-level official. Despite the reports, it might not be as bad as it initially sounded.
Sorry Tupac Shakur fans, the former rapper is, to the best of everyone's knowledge, still dead. Tupac was gunned down nearly 15 years ago in the Las Vegas metropolitan area of Nevada and later died of respiratory failure and cardiac arrest. Conspiracy theorists believed that, like Elvis Presley, Tupac never actually died but took himself out of the public spotlight. A recent story on PBS's website appeared to substantiate these claims, except that it was all a hoax.
Sony is still trying to figure out how to best to handle the recent attacks on its PlayStation Network that compromised credit card and other personal information for millions of user accounts. Unfortunately for Sony, sweeping the situation under the rug is no longer an option, not with the continued downtime and literally millions of eyes now on Sony. Company head Howard Stringer already offered up a $1 million apology in the form of an insurance policy, and now we hear Sony is considering a reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for causing this whole mess.
Amidst the fallout from the PlayStation Network hack, Sony claimed yesterday that the Internet vigilante group Anonymous was responsible for the attack. But today the well-known hacktivist group denied any involvement with the theft of credit card numbers. The statement is carefully worded, though. Could there be more to this?
When the Kinect first launched last November, gamers were (to put it charitably) a bit skeptical. Here was a device with incredible technological potential, and the most impressive game that came out with it was a dance simulator.
Still, the Kinect has become a bona fide hit, selling more than eight million units in the first 60 days alone and being named the “fastest-selling consumer electronics device” of all time by Guinness World Records. But more importantly, the software problem has been solved. Not by Microsoft, whose Kinect releases have been few and far between, but by the ever-growing legion of hackers creating innovative tech demos and applications for Kinect on the PC.
Sony held a press conference in Tokyo this morning to discuss the future of its Playstation Network, and amazingly it could be another 4 weeks until everything is back to normal. Company officials described the restoration process as a “rolling” effort, with some services coming back online this week, but others such as the Playstation Store being pushed towards the end of the month. The company wasn’t specific as to which services are being assigned top priority, however, I’m sure most users are pleased to see Sony giving the free aspects of the service preferential treatment over clear money makers such as the store.
German software maker Ashampoo offers a wide range of system utilities and applications ranging from DVD burning software to 3D CAD tools. The only problem is some Ashampoo customers might be getting more than they bargained for. In a letter posted on its website, Ashampoo said that hackers gained access to one of its servers, stole customer names and email addresses, and have been sending out malware infected files to said customers.