Security Issues, Hacks

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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Proposed State Laws Throw Road Blocks in Front of NSA Surveillance Efforts

January 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Several states (or at least a handful of state lawmakers) have decided to fight against the federal government's surveillance activities in their own way. In California, two state senators have introduced a bill in Sacramento that would forbid state agencies from cooperating with the National Security Agency to collect "any electronic data or metadata... not based on a warrant." The bill sponsored by state senators Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) and Joel Anderson (R-San Diego), is the first state-level proposal to compel non-cooperation with the federal agency.

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Survey: A Quarter of British and Canadian Companies Plan to Move Data Out of U.S. Due to NSA Spying Activities

January 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A quarter of British and Canadian technology firms surveyed say that they want their data taken out of the United States because of the NSA's unfettered spying activities. The survey was conducted by cloud provider Peer1, which has infrastructure in the U.S., Canada and Britain.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 81

December 31, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

After a two week hiatus (thanks mostly to the holidays and Andrew's self-imposed exile to a small town in Kentucky) we return with Super Podcast Action Committee Episode 81! On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the Killer Instinct DRM that popped up during a recent competition at a NYC college, the EFF's annual Wish List, and investors suing EA over the shaky Battlefield 4 launch. Download Episode 81 now: SuperPAC Episode 81 (1 hour, 17 minutes) 88.4 MB.

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Report: Cisco Looking Into NSA Hardware Backdoors

December 30, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Cisco Systems, one of the companies mentioned in a Der Spiegel report on the NSA's catalog of backdoors into various networks and technologies, said that it is investigating if the NSA has in some way compromised the networking hardware equipment it provides to companies throughout the world.

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NSA Catalog Offers Spies Backdoors for America's Biggest Networks, Technology

December 30, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to an article published by Germany’s Der Spiegel newspaper on Sunday, the National Security Agency (NSA) has a catalog of "backdoors" that allows spies to infiltrate equipment from major computing and security vendors including firewalls from Juniper Networks, hard drives from Western Digital, Seagate, Maxtor and Samsung, networking gear from Cisco and Huawei, and unspecified equipment from Dell.

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RSA Denies Allegations About NSA Deal

December 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this week we reported that Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer of Finland-based antivirus provider F-Secure, had publicly canceled a talk (entitled, "Governments as Malware Authors") at the upcoming RSA Conference USA 2014 in protest of news that the RSA received $10 million to make an NSA-favored random number generator the default setting in its BSAFE crypto tool.

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Respected Security Researcher Cancels Talk at RSA Conference USA 2014 Over RSA-NSA Deal

December 24, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer of Finland-based antivirus provider F-Secure, has publicly canceled a talk (entitled, "Governments as Malware Authors") at the upcoming RSA Conference USA 2014 in protest of news that the RSA received $10 million to make an NSA-favored random number generator the default setting in its BSAFE crypto tool.

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Google Online Rights Petition Surpasses Required 100K Signature Milestone

December 23, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Google passed along a note letting us know that its petition on the White House web site has surpassed 107,000 signatures. The "We The People" petition calls for the White House and lawmakers to give the stuff we store online the same legal protections (Fourth Amendment) as the stuff we store offline. The petition only needed 100,000 signatures to ellicit a response from the White House at some point in the future, so it is good that it has passed this particular milestone.

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Verizon Plans to Publish Regular Reports on Data Requests from Law Enforcement, Government Agencies in 2014

December 20, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Verizon says that it wants to disclose all of the various requests it received from law enforcement and intelligence agencies this year, but it has to negotiate with the U.S. government. The company's announcement follows a request by shareholders last month to disclose its dealings with the NSA.

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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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UN Approves Resolution on Privacy Rights in the Digital Age

December 19, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

This week 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly unanimously approved a UN privacy resolution called "The right to privacy in the digital age." The resolution was introduced by Brazil and Germany and sponsored by more than 50 member states. The goal of the resolution is to uphold the right to privacy for everyone around the world. No doubt the resolution is in response to spying activities being conducted by the United States and the United Kingdom.

Here's an excerpt from the resolution:

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Tech Execs Press White House on NSA Surveillance Reforms

December 18, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

At a meeting with President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden yesterday, executives from America's top technology companies urged the administration to reform the National Security Agency spying programs because they are "damaging their reputations" abroad and could ultimately "harm the broader economy."

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Stephen Colbert Jabs at NSA for Snooping on Second Life Players

December 17, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Last night on Comedy Central's the Colbert Report, host Stephen Colbert spent a bit of time picking on the idea of the National Security Agency snooping around Second Life. Recently reports revealed that new documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden showed that the NSA was lurking in World of Warcraft, on Xbox Live, and in Second Life (of all places) to keep tabs on terrorists who they believed might be organizing attacks in these virtual worlds. Stephen Colbert poked fun at the recent revelation, showing clips from the game while cracking jokes like this one:

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President Obama Meeting With Tech Executives to Talk About Surveillance

December 17, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

United States President Barack Obama is expected to meet with Microsoft executive vice president Brad Smith, Zynga co-founder Mark Pincus, and executives from Facebook, Apple, Comcast, Netflix, and Google. The President will discuss the roll-out of the HealthCare.gov web site and how the government can partner with technology companies in the future (something that probably should have been discussed prior to the website's less-than-stellar launch earlier this year), and about surveillance issues.

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NSA Will Continue Bulk Spying Despite Lawmakers Efforts

December 12, 2013 - GamePolitics staff

An interesting report on Ars Technica reveals that the National Security Agency would continue bulk spying activities even if Congress passes a law forbidding them to do so. In fact, the agency would likely take the fight to court - though which court that would be remains uncertain.

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Government Defends Heavily Redacted Brief in FISC Case Filed By Tech Companies

December 10, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The United States government defended a heavily-redacted response to surveillance requests at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) made by multiple software technology companies including Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Facebook and LinkedIn. These companies have been petitioning the special court to allow them to disclose government requests. Under the law these companies cannot disclose this information because it has been deemed "classified."

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Microsoft, Google, and Facebook Call on U.S. Government to Limit Spying Activities

December 9, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Eight software technology companies have called on the United States government to limit its spying activities to specific targets, to overhaul the country's secret spy courts, and let service providers publish more detailed information about surveillance requests from the government. Companies signing the letter include Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, AOL, and LinkedIn. The open letter was sent to President Obama and members of Congress as well as being reprinted in a full-page ad in The New York Times and other newspapers.

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Sony Warns of 'Irregular Activity' on PSN, Resets Some PSN Passwords

December 6, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony's security team has uncovered what it is calling "irregular activity" and has reset a number of PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network passwords this week, according to Verge. The extent of this activity was not detailed and it is unclear how many users are being asked to change their passwords. Sony seems to be extra cautious, likely remembering the widespread 2011 PlayStation Network hack that brought the service down for months.

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Sony Resets Some PlayStation Network Passwords in North America

November 26, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Following a recent password reset in Europe for the PlayStation Network users, Sony has decided to do the same to North American users as a precautionary measure.

The company's European division did the same thing last week after detecting what it called "irregular activity" on the network.

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Sen. Rockefeller Attempts to Amend Cybersecurity Bill to NDAA 2014

November 22, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee has attached his cybersecurity bill (S.1353) as an amendment to next year’s National Defense Authorization Act. If the amendment manages to survive the approval process Sen. Rockefeller’s Cybersecurity Act of 2013 may finally become law. S.1353, was unanimously approved by the Commerce Committee in July but has been stalled since then.

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Stratfor Hacker to Be Sentenced Nov. 15

November 13, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor) hacker Jeremy Hammond will be sentenced on Nov. 15. The admitted Anonymous member pled guilty earlier this year to infiltrating the computers of the private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor) and releasing the information on the Internet.

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PSN: We Reserve the Right to Monitor and Record Your PSN Activity

November 11, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

CVG has unearthed an interesting part of the PlayStation Network's Software Usage Terms that the company reserves the right to conduct surveillance on certain activity on PSN including text or voice communication, or user-generated media (UGM) where they feel it's necessary.

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Glen Greenwald: Edward Snowden's Actions Inspired by Video Games and Comic Books

October 25, 2013 - James Fudge

In the latest issue of The Advocate, Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald talks about his work on unearthing the massive domestic surveillance programs run by the Nation Security Agency and how it has affected his and his husband David Miranda's life.

More importantly (for us at least), the article reveals what inspired former NSA contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden (now exiled in Moscow) to reveal information on the NSA's questionable activities.

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Watchdog Group Sues Canadian Government for Overbroad Domestic Spying Activities

October 24, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

While watchdog groups, activists, and everyday citizens are speaking out about the NSA's domestic surveillance programs in the U.S., it turns out that our neighbors to the north have one of their own engaging in very similar activities. The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association claims that the Attorney General of Canada violated the country's Constitution by authorizing CSEC to intercept emails, telephone calls, text messages, and other data using the country's anti-terrorism act. The Civil Liberties Association has sued the government in B.C. Supreme Court.

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Rights Groups Take Aim on NSA Spying Tonight at Manhattan Rally

October 15, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A new video detailing the National Security Agency's (NSA) broad spying programs on Americans will be on display tonight at 9:00 PM ET in Manhattan, projected onto a building for everyone to see. Internet freedom groups Fight for the Future and Demand Progress have teamed up with Golden Globe nominee Evangeline Lilly (Lost, The Hobbit) to produce a 5-minute crowd funded video that explains the NSA’s surveillance programs and calls for an end to them.

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NSA Head: We Need CISPA

October 9, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The battle over the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is far from over and lawmakers and leaders in the government's various security agencies are pushing hard to get legislation in the Senate passed. Earlier this year the House of Representatives passed CISPA with the hopes of the Senate putting together a bill of its own. At the time the Senate let that hot potato cool by saying that it had no plans to pursue such legislation.

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Republican Senator: CISPA-Like Senate Bill Close to Being Introduced

October 8, 2013 - James Fudge

Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said today that the Senate is "very close" to introducing legislation that would encourage the private sector to share information with federal agencies. A counterpart to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) that passed the House in April of this year, the as-of-yet unnamed bill would also provide blanket immunity to corporations that share data so they wouldn't have to worry about getting sued by customers.

Adobe: 2.9 Million Customers May Be Affected by Security Breach

October 4, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Adobe says that it has suffered a large scale security breach that may have affected the personal information of an estimated 2.9 million customers. The security breach could have an impact on anyone that develops Flash games or uses any of Adobe's popular software products on a daily basis.

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Report: Government Shutdown Would Not Stop NSA Spying Programs

September 26, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

No matter what side of the issue you are on, the looming government shutdown over raising the debt ceiling in Washington D.C. may shut down some important services but it will never stop the Nation Security Agency's (NSA) spying programs. At least that's what this report in The Hill notes. A government shutdown is imminent on Oct.

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