Report: Gamers and Hacktivists Big Players in DDoS Attacks

January 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report from Arbor Networks (cited by the BBC in this report suggests that hacktivists and gamers are becoming big users of new (but not necessarily technically sophisticated) attacks to take web sites offline. The new report from Arbor Networks examines 10 years of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

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Sony Corp. Delays Q1 Results By One Month Due To November Security Breach

January 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony announced today that it plans to delay its first quarter earnings by a month in the wake of its latest security breach at the hands of a hacking group. The company was hacked and had data stolen at the hands of a group called the Guardians of Peace. The hack was supposedly in response to Sony Pictures' plan to release the James Franco and Seth Rogan comedy The Interview.

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Hacker Group Lizard Squad Hit By Security Breach

January 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The group that took credit for bringing down the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live during the recent Christmas break is having some hack trouble of its own according to reports from the BBC and Ars Technica.

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UK Man Arrested For Christmas Day Attacks on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network

January 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A series of tweets this morning from the official Twitter account for the UK law enforcement agency South East Regional Organized Crime Unit reveals that an unnamed 18-year-old has been arrested in South Port, England for his alleged part in the Christmas day dedicated denial of service (DDoS) attacks that took both PlayStation Network and Xbox Live offline.

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Sony Uses CES Keynote to Condemn Hackers

January 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

During his keynote address this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sony boss Kazuo Hirai condemned the hackers who breached the firm's internal network and stole data. The Guardians of Peace hacker group attacked Sony in a bid to stop the release of the movie, The Interview, which made fun of North Korean leader Kim Jung Un. The FBI claims that the group is directly tied to the North Korean government, though some security experts believe it was an inside job perpetrated with the help of a disgruntled Sony employee.

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Finish Law Enforcement Questions Teen About Xbox Live And PSN Cyber Attacks

January 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Finnish National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has questioned a teenager in connection with Lizard Squad and its international hacking antics, according to Polygon. The law enforcement agency is looking into a 17-year-old identified only as "Ryan" for his alleged participation in DDoS attacks against PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, according to the report. There's some conflicting reports on whether the teen is still in police custody or if he was questioned and sent home.

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Sony Offers Five Free Days of PlayStation Plus for PSN Christmas Outages

January 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Recently Sony said it was sorry for the Christmas outages of the PlayStation Network (which hacker group Lizard Squad claimed credit for) and offered a gift to PlayStation Network users: five free days of PlayStation Plus and 10 percent discount off a total cart purchase in the PlayStation Store. To say the response to this gift was tepid and even hostile in some circles is an understatement.

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FBI Briefed On Other Sony Pictures Hack Theory: 'It Was An Inside Job'

December 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While the FBI continues to stick by its statement earlier this month that North Korea or hackers associated with the country hacked Sony Pictures, Politico reports that the top law enforcement agency in the country is - at the very least - entertaining other theories.

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FBI Investigating Christmas Day Attacks on PSN, Xbox Live

December 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to Daily Dot, the FBI is investigating the Christmas day outages on both PlayStation Network and Xbox Live that left many new PS4 and Xbox One owners unable to play their games on the holiday. The hacker group known as Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for the Christmas day attacks.

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Get Double XP in 'Diablo III' For The Holidays

December 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In the spirit of the holidays, Blizzard is giving back this weekend with more than the usual amount of experience points in its popular (but always online) game Diablo III. Launched on Christmas, and running until midnight on December 29, anyone who plays logs into and plays Diablo III will get two times the normal experience.

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How Kim Dotcom Tried To Save Christmas

December 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

TorrentFreak details at great length how Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom did his best to get hacking group Lizard Squad to stop DDoSing PlaySation Network and Xbox Live on Christmas. While it's debatable if the peace offering made by Dotcom really did stop all the Lizard Squad attacks, it shows that he at least made a strong effort to do something on behalf of gamers.

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Security Researcher Says FBI 'Probably Wrong' About Sony Pictures Hackers

December 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A security researcher says that the FBI's December 19 proclamation that agents from or related to North Korea hacked Sony Pictures is probably not true. Marc Rogers, the director of security operations for DEF CON and a security researcher for a mobile security company says that the hack is more likely the work of a disgruntled former or currently employee.

Here's some of what he wrote in The Daily Beast:

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Hackers Ruin Christmas for Xbox and PlayStation Users

December 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Over the Christmas holiday hacking group Lizard Squad claimed credit for taking both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network offline, much to the consternation of Xbox One and PS4 owners - particularly those who got one of the newer consoles for Christmas. Both networks were the targets of a concentrated series of DDoS attacks on Christmas, making it difficult to log in to either service all Christmas day.

Both Microsoft and Sony acknowledged that their services were experiencing downtime after angry users took to social media to complain to and at both companies.

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'The Interview' Available on YouTube, Xbox Consoles, and Google Play

December 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony Pictures will release the controversial comedy "The Interview" on YouTube's movies service, and Xbox platforms, according to The Washington Post. The film is already available for on demand viewing ($5) or as an HD download ($15) through Google Play.

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CISA Supporters Use Sony Pictures Security Breach To Push Bill

December 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

We knew it wouldn't be long before some politicians and bureaucrats took the opportunity to use Sony Pictures' recent security breach as a way to push questionable cybersecurity legislation. The White House declared the Sony security breach a "national security issue" yesterday and today the FBI claimed that North Korea was directly involved in the hack.

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Sony Dealing With Security Issues on Multiple Fronts

December 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Over the weekend Sony's PlayStation Network was the target of what appears to be a DDoS attack, and while the company didn't specifically say why its network was having issues, it did report sporadic connectivity problems.

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Microsoft and Sony Deny That Their Systems Were Compromised

November 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Over the weekend both Sony and Microsoft said that, despite the claims of hacking group DerpTrolling, none of its systems have been compromised recently. On Friday the group, which claimed responsibility for DDoS attacks on Blizzard's World of Warcraft servers during the launch of its latest expansion, said that it had infiltrated Microsoft and Sony's online services and had stolen passwords and usernames. It then posted a number of usernames and passwords to Pastebin to prove this.

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Hacker Group Claims Responsibility for Attacks on 'World of Warcraft' Servers

November 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A hacker group calling themselves "DerpTrolling" has claimed responsibility for the recent DDoS attacks on Blizzard's World of Warcraft servers over the weekend and has released a partial list of passwords and logins for various game-related services, including PlayStation Network and 2K accounts, according to this GII report.

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'Final Fantasy XIV' Servers Targeted by Ongoing DDoS Attacks

November 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Square Enix issued an advisory warning to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn players that they may experience intermittent connection issues due to an ongoing DDoS attack on the game's servers. While the attacks, which have apparently been ongoing for several days, are causing login difficulties for players, Square Enix says both personal customer information and character data "are not in danger of being exposed."

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'World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor' Launch Off To A Rocky Start

November 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor players are experiencing long queue times and other connection issues following a DDoS attack, according to Blizzard. While the DDoS attack probably isn't the only reason for players experiencing connectivity issues, it certainly didn't help matters any, according to Blizzard.

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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Found Guilty of Hacking

October 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Warg has been found guilty of hacking into computers and illegally downloading files in Denmark by a Danish court. The Danish court ruled that Warg and his co-defendant are guilty of breaking into computers owned by technology services giant CSC in February 2012. After gaining access to servers, the pair downloaded police and social security files, according to the BBC. Warg could face up to six years in jail when he is sentenced tomorrow.

His accomplice walked away free from the court because he had served 17 months in pre-trial detention.

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Malwarebytes Highlights Malware Masquerading as Console Emulators

October 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In its latest blog post (to go live at blog.malwarebytes.org soon), security research firm Malwarebytes details the programs and websites that promise software emulators, but deliver big trouble for users.

Chris Boyd, malware intelligence analyst at Malwarebytes Labs, chronicles just some of the programs and websites he found waiting for unsuspecting victims to wander in and make the mistake of downloading one of the many loaded programs masquerading as emulators.

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DOJ Indicts Four For Stealing Data From Microsoft, Valve, and The U.S. Military

October 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that four people have been indicted for allegedly breaching the computer systems of several video game companies and the US military, and stealing software worth over $100 million.

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DDoS Attacks Take Down 'Destiny,' 'Call of Duty' Servers, and The Escapist

September 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Hacking Group Lizard Squad is taking responsibility for knocking Destiny and Call of Duty: Ghosts servers offline with DDoS attacks today. This is the same group that took credit for a DDoS attack that took down the PlayStation Network last month and took credit for calling in a bomb threat that caused Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley's plane to be diverted.

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PSA: Don't Click Those Links In Twitch Chat Streams

September 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Twitch users who use chat should be very wary of clicking on links in the chat stream. According to this F-Secure security alert, a link to "csgoprize" showing up in Twitch chats is actually a phishing scam. The message from link posters encourages users to click on the link to participate in a weekly raffle to win Counter-Strike: Global Offensive items.

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Trion Worlds Targeted by DDoS Attack

September 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Over the weekend MMO maker Trion Worlds found itself targeted by a DDoS attack by an unknown party, affecting all of its games - including ArcheAge, RIFT, Defiance, and Trove.

According to TenTon Hammer the attacks started on Sept. 13. Trion Worlds' Twitter account indicated in its last update - which was on Sept. 13, noted that its services were still under attack:

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Google Anti-Abuse Research Head Hacks 'Hearthstone,' But Keeps Code to Himself

September 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Back in August, Elie Bursztein, the man in charge of Google's anti-abuse research team, detailed how he developed a tool to exploit Blizzard's popular collectible trading card game, Hearthstone. Bursztein gave a lengthy presentation on how he accomplished the hack during the Defcon 22 hacking conference in Las Vegas, but broke from convention by refusing to release his work online.

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4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

September 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like 4chan, a place that some might call the filthiest corner of the Internet, is putting a DMCA policy in place. According to this TorrentFreak article, the new policy was put in place in the wake of hundreds of nude celebrity photos being leaked online after being stolen from Apple's cloud service. Some insist that those photos first started showing up on 4chan.

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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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Andrew EisenI only know of him being annoyed that IGDA mistakenly hosted on its anti-harassment tools page, a blocklist he was on. What else was he critical of?01/31/2015 - 2:19am
Goth_Skunk@WonderKarp: Given Rosario's outspoken criticisms of the conduct of the IGDA, I would not be one bit surprised if he's being strong-armed into silence in closed-door meetings. He's not towing the party line, after all.01/30/2015 - 11:38pm
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Matthew Wilson@Monte Nintendo is a Japanese company though. consoles are dead in japan. ps sony is a international company, so they do not much care about Japanese sales much.01/30/2015 - 10:11pm
MonteOnly one generation ago nintnedo had the best selling console. They know their games are still popular and can move their hardware. They just need to focus on better gaming hardware and advertising (their youtube policy not helping)01/30/2015 - 9:58pm
MonteI'd expect Nintendo to keep making consoles, much like the gamecube i doubt nintendo will see the Wii U as a sign of the end for consoles. There are multiple reason why the Wii U failed a big one being marketting.01/30/2015 - 9:55pm
Wonderkarpwhen asked on Twitter, the Chairman said He couldnt comment at this time https://twitter.com/siloraptor/status/561284497275367424. still looking for facts01/30/2015 - 9:41pm
Wonderkarphttp://pressfarttocontinue.com/2015/01/30/igda-puerto-rico-closed/ this is what I have so far01/30/2015 - 9:27pm
Wonderkarpso allegedly, IGDA has closed their Puerto Rico branch. This comes after the Chairman of the Puerto Rico branch was blocklisted by Randi Harper. I'm trying to dig up more info on it. all I have is a link with some info, but its not cited.01/30/2015 - 9:27pm
Andrew EisenSo, kinda like the Wii U just with a GamePad that's portable?01/30/2015 - 9:13pm
Matthew Wilson@AE I hope they do a Ipad/iphone thing. make a home console/handheld where games are playable on both. that is what I would want from them.01/30/2015 - 9:00pm
Andrew EisenThat would be a shame but as long as I can play comfortably on my TV I'll probably be fine with whatever the future brings.01/30/2015 - 8:56pm
Matthew Wilson@AE I would get used to it. I do not think nintendo is going to do another home console , but I suspect a hybrid one. 1. they are doing worse than the gamecube. 2. the home console market is dead in japan. even the ps4 isnt selling there.01/30/2015 - 8:54pm
Andrew EisenAside from that (and the aiming isn't too smooth but it's turn based so it's not a big deal (maybe better with Circle Pad Pro or New 3DS?)) my only other quibble is I'd much prefer playing it on a console. But I say that about nearly every handheld game.01/30/2015 - 8:39pm
Andrew EisenFrom what I've seen of Valkyria Chronicles, this is significantly slower. Mechanically, it's fine and plays into the game well. It just takes too long.01/30/2015 - 8:37pm
Matthew Wilsonyup like VC it moves every enemy each turn one by one.01/30/2015 - 8:33pm
Andrew EisenI played most of the Codename Steam demo. Pretty neat so far but the enemy turn (it's turn based) takes way too long.01/30/2015 - 8:31pm
Goth_SkunkJust finished the first episode of Life is Strange. The writing is hit-or-miss, the lip-syncing is awful (but I can't fault an indie dev for that), but the chronokinesis mechanic is dynamite. Love the concept. Can't wait to play more.01/30/2015 - 8:23pm
Andrew EisenNintendo invites disaster!01/30/2015 - 7:34pm
TechnogeekRelevant links: http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/01/apex_2015_video_gaming_tournament_at_secaucuss_emp.html http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/01/30/apex-2015-smash-bros-tournament-resumes-after-short-delay01/30/2015 - 7:29pm
 

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