It appears that yet another gaming company has come under online attack resulting in the theft of user data. This time it’s Sega and its Sega Pass system. No one has claimed responsibility for this attack yet, but most observers are pointing the finger at LulzSec.
Lulz Security (or LulzSec if you’re in a hurry) has decided to ask the masses what it should hack next. The group that cracked Sony Pictures, Nintendo, The US Senate, The Escapist, and more have set up a hotline where the community can suggest future targets. The number was posted to the group’s Twitter account yesterday and immediately received thousands of calls.
It wouldn’t be another week without some sort of Facebook privacy snafu. This time it’s all about facial recognition, and Facebook’s apparent assumption that you wanted it turned on. The facial recognition technology was announced last year, but did not roll out to all users. Now the option is turning on for many users around the world, and it defaults to “enabled”.
Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and chief executive officer of Facebook, feels that kids under the age of 13 should be able to use the social networking service. In all reality, pre-teens already flood Facebook, Zuckerberg just wants to make it official and said he plans to fight current regulation -- and specifically the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) -- that makes it illegal for children under 13 to join an online service which collects user information data.
California is trying to push through legislation that would require social networks to make changes to their privacy policies, and Facebook wants nothing to do with it. Called the Social Networking Privacy Act (SB 242), this new bill would require Facebook and other social networking sites make users set up their privacy settings as part of the registration process rather than after they become members. So what has Facebook all in a tizzy?
Adobe has announced the release of Flash Player 10.3 for Android, Linux, MacOS, and Windows. The latest stable release of Adobe’s ubiquitous plugin packs a bunch of new features and security enhancements. But its most notable user-facing feature is the ability to clear hitherto hard-to-delete Flash cookies, or local shared objects (LSOs) as they are formally known, from the comfort of the web browser’s privacy settings. Hit the jump for more.
According to an investigation by Symantec, innumerable Facebook applications have been leaking your personal data for years. The issue, just discovered by Symantec, has been reported to Zuckerberg and company, but advertising and stat tracking companies may have already had access all this time.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security sent Mozilla a request to remove a Firefox add-on that redirects web surfers from one domain to another. At issue is the MafiaaFire Redirect add-on, which redirects visitors from one domain to another, making it all too easy to sidestep the government's domain name seizures. Be that as it may, Mozilla is so far refusing to comply.
Sony has once again commented on the PSN outage and hacking incident. But this time we got a little more technical information than previous disclosures offered. Contrary to past reports, Sony claims that passwords were not stored in plain text, or in any easily accessible form. They were not encrypted, but were rather "transformed using a cryptographic hash function." Well, it's better than nothing.
Over the course of the next four weeks, the U.S. Department of Justice will put into effect an initiative to remotely uninstall the Coreflood botnet Trojan from infected Windows PCs. The way it will go down is the DOJ will identify owners of infected rigs and then submit an authorization form to the FBI. It's the latest step in an effort to stomp out the botnet that's managed to seize control of some 2 million PCs.