Hackers Aim DDoS Attacks at PSN, Xbox Live, and Other Services

August 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony announced via the PlayStation Blog that the online service for its game consoles, PlayStation Network, is back online after a day-long outage caused by a targeted distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. PSN and Sony Entertainment Network returned to service at 3 a.m. ET. A statement on the PlayStation Blog from Sony explained that the system was taken offline because of the DDoS attack.

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DDoS Attacks Disrupt Several Online Games

August 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks have targeted several popular online games including MMOs RuneScape and Eve Online, according to this Develop report. These attacks have (naturally) caused sporadic outages and limited players' ability to log into these games.

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Russian Hacking Group Claims Responsibility for CNET Security Breach

July 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A Russian hacking group claimed responsibility for a recent attack on technology news site CNET. The group claimed that it stole usernames, encrypted passwords and emails for more than one million users. CNET said a representative from the group - which calls itself 'w0rm' - informed it about the hack via a Twitter conversation.

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Malwarebytes: 'Typosquatters' Build Fake Steam Community Site to Scam Unsuspecting Visitors

July 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Anti-virus and Internet security research company Malwarebytes points out a common scam used to trick Internet users into thinking that they are visiting a legitimate site when they are in fact at a scam site just itching to steal their personal information or to infect them with some form of nefarious software. The example they use is a site that takes advantage of typosquatting.

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Malwarebytes Warns of New 'Steam Guard' Phishing Scam

June 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Malwarebytes researchers have discovered yet another phishing scheme related to gaming. The latest is a Steam Guard phishing scam that steals users SSFN files and Steam log-in credentials, according to Malwarebytes researchers.

Previous Steam Guard scams would prompt users to upload their SSFN files to a fishing page, but this latest scam goes to great lengths to automate the process. The enticing bait for gamers is a community profile full of items ready for trading.

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Witcher 3 Design Documents Stolen, Leaked on Reddit

June 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

CD Projekt Red has issued a warning concerning the leak of sensitive internal development documents for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that the developer says will ruin the plot for anyone foolhardy enough to look at them prior to the game's release. The developer says that the leaked documents expose key information, including the ending to the game. The documents appeared on 4Chan and Reddit over the weekend.

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Malwarebytes Warns DOTA 2 Players About Ongoing Phishing Scams

June 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Security research firm and anti-virus software maker Malwarebytes is warning players of Valve's popular MOBA game DOTA 2 to beware of nasty phishing schemes. The firm says in a new blog post that there is a new phishing scam making the rounds that offers "rare in-game items in exchange for a Yahoo email address and password," according to Malware intelligence analyst Chris Boyd at Malwarebytes.

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AVAST Warns World Cup Soccer Fans to Be Wary of Nefarious Apps

June 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Security software maker and security research firm AVAST Software have found several soccer apps that they describe as "ad-overloaded, data-hungry apps." As fans get ready for the World Cup to get underway in Brazil, the offering of soccer-related apps on the Google Play store is big; there are at least 125 different vuvuzela apps available. But AVAST Software is warning those keen to download these apps that some of them are wolves in sheep's' clothing.

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LulzSec Hacker 'Sabu' Sentenced to 'Time Served'

May 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Hector Xavier Monsegur, known online as LulzSec leader "Sabu," managed to avoid up to 26 years in Federal prison for his part in several major cyberattacks in 2013. With the help of prosecutors, who lobbied the court heavily on his behalf, Monsegur managed to get a sentence equivalent to the seven months he spent in jail for the crime already.

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LulzSec Leader May Get 'Time Served' For Helping FBI

May 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A former leader of hacking group LulzSec has helped the FBI thwart an estimated 300 cyber attacks since his arrest on hacking charges in 2011, court documents reveal. Hector Xavier Monsegur has helped to prevent losses of millions of dollars, according to court documents filed by prosecutors. Monsegur will be sentenced on Tuesday for his role in major online hacking attacks, but his aid will likely go a long way in getting him a reduced sentence.

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Hackers Attack Operation Supply Drop During '8-Bit Salute' Charity Event

May 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Over the weekend military related charity Operation Supply Drop held its gaming marathon '8-Bit Salute' to raise money for sending care packages to military personal deployed in combat zones and recovering in military hospitals. But during this weekend's event hackers decided to ruin everything by taking down the charity's main web site where those who wanted to contribute would have made their donations.

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Bohemia Confirms Attacks on DayZ Servers

May 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Bohemia Interactive has acknowledged that servers for its popular open-world multiplayer survival game, DayZ have been stolen, but insists that these attacks will not affect the game in the long-term. The game is available via Steam Early Access and still in alpha development. Early reports suggested that the game's source code had been compromised or stolen, but Bohemia did not confirm or deny those reports.

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Malwarebytes Discusses the Dangers of 'Sideloading' Game Apps

April 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Security researchers at Malwarebytes has a new blog post up talking about the dangers of "sideloading apps," or bypassing the app store on your preferred Android-based device to install games. Malwarebytes say that this practice is "best avoided" because it makes it easier for malware makers to install something nefarious on your device.

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NSA and White House Deny Prior Knowledge of 'Heartbleed' Bug

April 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The National Security Agency has denied that it knew about or took advantage of the Heartbleed online security flaw. The U.S. spy agency made the statement following this Bloomberg report that it took advantage of the OpenSSL exploit before it was made public by security researchers.

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Blizzard's European Servers Suffer DDoS Attacks

April 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The European servers for several of Blizzard's most popular games suffered from a distributed denial of service on March 30 and 31. According to a post on Battle.net and the European user forums for Diablo III. Blizzard confirmed that performance issues related to several of its games in Europe were affected by attacks and that they are "investigating" the situation.

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Australian Man Charged With Hacking Unnamed U.S. Video Game Company

March 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A Queensland, Australia man accused of allegedly infiltrating and comprising an unnamed video game company's computer network located in the United States has been charged after a joint investigation between local police and the FBI, according to the Brisbane Times.

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Report: EA Web Sever Hacked, Used for Phishing Scam

March 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A web server belonging to Electronic Arts has been hacked and is now hosting a phishing website, according to what Paul Mutton from internet security firm Netcraft uncovered. Mutton said that hackers probably exploited a vulnerability in an online calendar application hosted on the web server to gain entry. The hacking group Derp has claimed responsibility for the hack and the phishing scheme. EA said that it is investigating Netcraft's claims.

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GTA V PC Beta Test Scam Makes The Rounds

March 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Security firm Trend Micro says that there has been an uptick of scams involving a fake Grand Theft Auto V PC beta test. When users take the bait, they end up with an infected PC, according to the firm. If you've been paying attention you are probably already well aware that Rockstar Games has not said that it is making a PC version of its 2013 hit open world action game.

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Report: NSA Plans to Infect 'Millions of Computers' With Malware Uncovered

March 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

We know that the NSA has been ramping up its efforts to collect data from computers since 911, but as more information from Edward Snowden's cache of lifted NSA documents are made available it is becoming evident that the intelligence agency has already put the necessary tools in place to compromise or hack computers on a grander scale than anyone could have imagined.

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Kickstarter Hacked, But No Credit Card Data Stolen

February 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Over the weekend Kickstarter revealed that it had been hacked earlier in the week and that, while financial information was not stolen from the site, other user information may have been compromised. The country's largest and most prominent crowd-funding site told users that attackers made off with usernames, e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords.

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Trend Micro Warns 'Flappy Bird' Seekers to Be Careful of Malware

February 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Internet security firm Trend Micro is warning those who don't already own Flappy Bird on Android to be careful what they download. According to a blog post from the firm, a number of unscrupulous scammers are taking advantage of Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen pulling his game this week by creating apps with trojans and malware in them.

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Beware of the Trojan-Injected Minecraft Pocket Edition

January 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

App store scammers are selling a modified version of Mojang's popular mobile world builder Minecraft: Pocket Edition for Android devices that contains a Trojan, according to anti-virus outfit F-Secure. The fake version of the game, which seems to be aimed at European customers, costs 2.50 Euros - a price too hard for some customers to resist because the real version costs 5.49 Euros.

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How DERP Was Able to Take Down Origin, League of Legends

January 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Ars Technica offers some interesting insights into why the recent distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that took out EA's Origin service, Blizzard's Battle.net, and League of Legends were particularly potent. According to the report the DDoS attacks used an unheard of method to amplify the amount of data being sent in order to grind many popular online games to a halt.

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Blizzard Warns World of Warcraft Players About 'Dangerous Trojan'

January 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard Entertainment is warning World of Warcraft players that they should be on the lookout for what it calls a "dangerous Trojan" that is capable of stealing their account information - even if they are using Blizzard's WoW account authenticator for extra protection.

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'DERP' Claims Responsibility for Taking Down EA's Origin

January 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The hacking group known as "DERP" has reportedly struck again, claiming responsibility for taking down EA's digital distribution platform Origin yesterday.

The hacker organization claimed responsibility for the attack in posts via Twitter.

"We've directed the Gaben Laser Beam @ the EA login servers. Origin #offline."

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Apple Calls NSA a 'Malicious Hacker'

January 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Apple has responded strongly to reports that the National Security Agency claims a "100-percent success rate" in attaching spyware to iOS apps. The revelation about the NSA's targeting of Apple products comes from a recent Der Speigel report featuring leaked documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided to various journalists. The NSA program targeting Apple products is called DROPOUTJEEP, and allows the agency to intercept SMS messages, access contact lists, locate a phone using cell tower data, and even activate the device’s microphone and camera.

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Hackers Take Down Multiple Game Servers in Pursuit of Twitch Streamer

December 31, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The hacker group "DERP" has claimed responsibility for a series of DDoS attacks yesterday against multiple games and game services including League of Legends, EA.com, Battle.net, and other gaming sites. While all of the aforementioned sites were only downed for a short period of time (on average about 10-15 minutes), the real target of the attacks was a popular Twitch streamer known as Phantom L0rd.

According to a Reddit thread, the hacking group decided to harass the Twitch personality for the "lulz." Here's more from Reddit:

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Rockstar Tells Honest GTA Online Players Not to Worry About Money Hack Issues

December 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Rockstar is calming Grand Theft Auto players down who are concerned that they may get their accounts banned through no fault of their own. The fear stems from GTA Online money hackers who are giving away large sums of (we assume ill-gotten) in-game currency to strangers, making them vulnerable to a ban by Rockstar.

Rockstar's position is that honest players do not need to be worried about getting banned.

Here's more from Rockstar's support page for the game:

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Chinese Wow Hackers Get Prison Time, Fines

December 23, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to Kotaku, late last week ten men in China were sentenced to two years in prison (each) and fined for their part in hacking World of Warcraft accounts. The sentencing took place in Zhejiang province's Songyang county court (China).

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PSA: Credit Card Info Stolen From Target

December 19, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

If you shopped at U.S. retailer Target on Black Friday, you may want to pay close attention to the following story from the BBC.

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