Man, Sony just can’t catch a break. Remember that whole “Hackers shut down the PlayStation Network for an extraordinarily long time” thing from a few months ago? Sure you do. Well, the bad news for PlayStation fans continues. Sony’s temporarily suspended 93,000 Sony Entertainment Network, PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment accounts after hackers managed to gain access to the log in information for the accounts.
File-swapping gamers turning to torrents to get their illicit game on may have found themselves scratching their heads earlier this year after downloading a copy of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Back in May, a leaked copy of the game hit the ‘Net, and while it was listed as a Beta version it was anything but. Instead, it was an experiment carried out by the Vigilant Defender anti-piracy group. While it began with fun – offering up the actual game’s first few levels – it ended in… a questionnaire?
Mighty funny timing, Microsoft. Just yesterday, we reported that Google’s Chrome browser was threatening to overtake Firefox in the coming months thanks to soaring usage rates caused, in large part, by FF and IE defectors. Then, this morning, Internet forums are awash with rage because a new update to Microsoft’s Security Essentials and ForeFront AV software began calling Chrome a Trojan and erasing it from users machines. Coincidence? Yeah, it probably is. But that still doesn’t change the fact that users are pissed.
People use the term “blast from the past” a little too lightly for our tastes. For many folks, stumbling across an old pair of bellbottoms or a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rerun – not that new show, the awesome one from the late 80s – constitutes as a blast from the past. Logitech just learned a whole meaning of the phrase; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency just slammed the company with a $261,000 fine for “making unsubstantiated health claims” about its now-discontinued MX3200 keyboard/mouse combo.
Libyan dictator Col. Gaddafi doesn’t have the best reputation in the Western media circles, even before the current bloody rebellion surged through the country. He’s known to have funded militant and terrorist organizations around the globe; a recent documentary by ITV, one of the top television stations in the U.K., clearly showed video of Irish IRA militants shooting down a British helicopter with Libyan weaponry in 1988. Except, um, the supposedly “real” footage was actually a user clip from ArmA 2. Oops!
With Anonymous and LulzSec being a bit on the quiet side recently – maybe because the law is breathing down their necks? – you knew it was only a matter of time before some other smart-mouthed organization stepped into the limelight in a quest to annoy us all. Enter the Script Kiddies. This group’s not targeting databases or disfiguring websites; their M.O. is hijacking Twitter accounts and posting dumbass fake stories. Fox News and NBC News have already fallen victim to their idiocy – now add USA Today to the list. This hijacking spread promotional material rather than FUD, however.
Cynics say that the world runs on money, but money wouldn’t run as smoothly on the World Wide Web if it wasn’t for SSL/TLS. It’s the go-to encryption protocol for a lot of the Internet, and it’s supported by every major browser and many of the top websites around. But how secure is it? A pair of security researchers plan on demonstrating a serious TLS security flaw at the Ekoparty security conference later this week, and they plan on doing it with a bang: by decrypting a Paypal authentication cookie.
The Maximum PC Podcast keeps BS to a minimum while simultaneously supplying maxed-out levels of hijinks and information, but for you media-addicted types out there, one podcast a week might not fulfill your quota for listening pleasure. We understand if you turn to the excellent lineup of broadcasts put together by Leo Laporte and the awesome TWiT.tv team to catch up on your tech news, too, but you might want to pass on your regular visit to the TWiT.tv site this week; hackers have managed to slip some malicious code onto the site.
If you’re a follower of NBC News’ Twitter account, there’s a good chance you crapped your pants last Friday evening. “Breaking News! Ground Zero has just been attacked!” the feed blared, followed by flight numbers and rumors of hijacking attempts. Ten minutes later, a group calling themselves “The Script Kiddies” came clean and announced that they’d hacked the account. NBC’s been trying to figure out how the account became compromised ever since, and now they think they’ve found the culprit: a Trojan Christmas tree.
One of the godfathers of PC gaming, AMD, sweetened the deal on some of its Radeon graphics cards by making an offer gamers couldn’t refuse: buy the card and get a digital copy of DiRT 3 for free. Unfortunately for AMD, rather than drumming up interest and shooting Radeon cards to the top of the sales charts, the offer turned into more of a “horse head in the bed” affair after hackers pilfered 3 million activation keys.