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  1. It seems no one is safe in this internet-centric age. Yesterday, Harmonix sent out emails to users of RockBand.com, DanceCentral.com, and Creators.RockBand.com to make them aware of an attack that took place on all their sites. As a result of said attack, these Harmonix sites have been taken offline for the time being. Here is the exact information from Harmonix: "The security of your Harmonix user information is very important to us. We“ve taken the sites down while we investigate this incident and determine how our systems and the information we maintain may have been compromised. At this time, we have not found that any of our users“ information has been published or misused. None of our sites maintain any credit card information, social security numbers, or financial account numbers for any of our users. As a precaution, we have disabled your Harmonix password. We“ll send you a notification when the sites are back up. When you log back in, we will require all users to reset their passwords. If you have been using your old Harmonix password on other sites, we recommend that you change those passwords too." So thankfully it doesn't appear that any passwords were compromised in this attack. Harmonix also seems to be giving their best effort. Sure, resetting passwords may be a bit of a hindrance for users, but it's important to be overcautious in these events. Although the hacker's intentions are unknown, it is likely that they wanted to show their anger over Harmonix ending Rock Band DLC after many years of continual output.
  2. Marcus Estrada

    The War Z User Information Compromised

    The War Z has been plagued with issues since it first launched. Yes, many of them were caused by the developers themselves, but not all. However you feel about their past shady behavior (such as lying on the Steam product page), there are still many players who gave it a shot. These players are now the unfortunate victims of hackers who targeted and gained sensitive information this week. A post on The War Z's forum homepage details the circumstances: "The data accessed included email addresses used to log-in to the forum, forum passwords which we encrypt, email addresses used to log-in to the game, encrypted game passwords as well as in-game character names and the IP addresses from which players log-in to the forum and to the game. If you posted other information to the forum it is likely that such data was accessed as well. We do not collect the names or addresses of our gamers so that information was not impacted unless you posted it on the forum. We are investigating whether additional information may have been obtained." They have also noted that payment information was not stolen because it resides with third parties and not OP Productions. Still, that's only a slight positive in regards to all that was taken by the hackers. If you registered on The War Z forum or play the game then it would probably be best for you to change that password, as well as on any other sites if you used the same email and password combination elsewhere.
  3. Marcus Estrada

    Sony Fined in UK Over 2011 PSN Hacking

    It seems strange, but it was already two years ago when Sony suffered its biggest hack on PlayStation. The PS Network went down for a while after it was realized that hackers had gained entry to thousands of user records. Although it has never been proven that credit card information was taken, there was little actual security in way of masking identities and passwords. This massive event made people think twice about associating their credit cards with game consoles. Now, in 2013, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in the UK is fining Sony for their ineptitude. The fee translates to nearly $400,000 and shows that this government agency is serious. Here are ICO's statements on the matter: "There“s no disguising that this is a business that should have known better. It is a company that trades on its technical expertise, and there's no doubt in my mind that they had access to both the technical knowledge and the resources to keep this information safe. If you are responsible for so many payment card details and log-in details then keeping that personal data secure has to be your priority. In this case that just didn't happen, and when the database was targeted - albeit in a determined criminal attack - the security measures in place were simply not good enough." With all that said, ICO has told Sony Computer Entertainment they have until February 13th to pay a 20% discounted fee or appeal. Sony is set to appeal. What do you make of all this? Should Sony be charged for the 2011 hack?
  4. We've been through this song and dance before. A person or company posts an image of their amazing breakthrough in the homebrew scene for the 3DS and then nothing ever comes of it. While that has been the truth so far, things might actually be different this time. Why is that, you might ask? Because the person who snapped the above image is a user who goes by the name Yellows8, an apparently big player in the past when it came to cracking open the original Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii systems. I can't even begin to understand how important this person's work was when it came to opening up those consoles, but judging from users reactions on different sites, the appearance of Yellows8's name does seem to be a pretty big deal. There are still plenty of people arguing over the image's validity however. The main argument being that it could just be in DS mode. But the fact that the top screen is still lit apparently disproves that. Either way, this one image doesn't really mean anything yet. Yes, they achieved something. And they probably did find an exploit on the 3DS, but these sorts of things usually takes months of testing after they're found. And even if there is any chance for a real exploit to come from this, don't expect to hear about it until later into next year at the earliest. You can view the full arguments in the GBATemp forums below. Hacked 3DS?
  5. Marcus Estrada

    New PS3 Hack is Huge

    Sony has been struggling for years against hackers who have attempted to open up their PS3s. Years ago, there was an infamous dongle named the PSJailbreak (and many ripoffs) that would plug in via USB port and allow for accessing games downloaded to one's hard drive. Sony responded by updating their firmware to disallow unknown USB devices from running. After that, the fail0verflow group came in to allow anyone to encrypt files in the same way that Sony would. Shortly thereafter, George "geohot" Hotz shared access to Meta Loader (metldr) keys. This furthered hacker access to the system as, with control of the loader, you could then run programs that Sony never authorized. As usual, Sony took action against both with firmware updates (and a lawsuit against Hotz), but the hackers mostly chose to stick with their old versions. Of course, without updating your firmware you then lose access to the PlayStation Network. Or at least, this was the case until now. A group known as The Three Musketeers have shared keys for Level 0 (lv0) boot procedure. In the chain of command for a PS3 to load up, this comes before metldr and is preceded only by a basic hardware setup. What does this all mean? With access to this new key, hackers will be able to easily unlock future firmware updates. From there, it would be much simpler to create a new custom firmware (CFW) for the system that both incorporates new changes to PS firmware and block the changes that are meant to prohibit hacking measures. From there, even those on hacked systems would be able to continue to access PSN and all the other features of a PS3. If you've ever paid attention to the PSP hacking scene, it really paints the best picture of where PS3 is now. Once the PSP was hacked, any and every official Sony firmware update was quickly sidestepped by CFWs. Now with such control on PS3, even a change to the keys would be visible to hackers, meaning that they have gained an upper hand. What happens next? We will probably see an increase of people joining the PS3 hacking bandwagon and Sony working to create some method to shut them out.
  6. The PlayStation Vita Hacking team is apparently about to claim a few more victims on the PlayStation Portable side of things if a recent blog post from the well known website wololo.net is to be believed. But seeing how everything they've posted so far has turned out to be correct, those of you who own any of the digital copies of the Monster Hunter games might want to load them up onto your systems right now. A few months ago an exploit was found in the PSP games Motorstorm: Arctic Edge and Everybody Tennis that allowed PlayStation Vita owners to emulate PSP games and run some homebrew on Sony's newest handheld. Upon announcing that these games had an exploit, Sony quickly removed them from the store and kept them off for nearly a month before a patched game was released. This removal barred people from buying the game, but also barred people who had already purchased the game from downloading it onto their systems. Today it was announced that the popular PSP game Monster Hunter Freedom Unite has this same flaw, and in fact most of the Monster Hunter series could be used to exploit the PlayStation Vita's inner workings. The blog goes on to warn potential system exploiters that Sony will more than likely be removing all of the Monster Hunter games from the PlayStation Store within the next few hours or days. And seeing how long they took with games like Motorstorm, we might not be seeing the popular series return at all this month. So I guess you should get to downloading them if you want to have access to them any time soon. You can view the original blog posting below.. Monster Hunter PS Vita Exploit
  7. Sometimes mistakes happen and things don't always work out as planned. But when it comes to technological wonders that cost millions of dollars to produce, you expect at least a little bit of testing to be done to make sure the product works as intended. But as we all know, that doesn't always happen. In fact, things can fail so badly the company responsible can lose out on millions of dollars fixing it. You would think with so much on the line companies would try harder to keep their products from having such insanely devastating flaws, but it happens way more than you think. In fact, here are five such instances that had to have left a sour taste in each company's mouths. --------------------- The Gurren Lagann Game That Killed Computers The Gurren Lagann anime was quite the phenomenon. Pretty much anyone who watches anime has at least heard of the series, so it seemed like the next obvious step when a video game was announced by Konami, exclusively for PC. The game, titled Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Chōzetsu Hakkutsu ONLINE was meant to be an MMO where you played as one of the people living underground. This is the drill that will ruin your computer! You would be able to dig for treasure and buy upgrades for your equipment. While this didn't sound like that great of a game, people were clamoring to get into the game's closed beta. Unfortunately for those that did get in, they were treated to more than just a game. The beta itself destroyed computers. Just installing the game would corrupt your hard drive and you would lose all of the files on your computer. This would happen to anyone who installed the game. It was such a wide-spread issue that Konami immediately canceled the game and sent out new 500GB hard drives to all those affected so they could get their computers working again. --------------------- The Great Playstation Hack Gee whiz, I wonder what this portion could be about. Last year, the Playstation Network service was hacked and a majority of the service's users had their login information stolen. The service went down for a few months while Sony tried to figure out what happened and how they were going to fix it so it didn't happen again. Some say they stayed at a 90 degree angle for the rest of their lives Obviously nobody can have a perfect security system, but as more and more information was released it became more apparent that the types of security Sony used was much less than top notch. While the hack probably would have happened one way or the other, the headache brought on by stolen account information could have easily been avoided. Thanks to the whole outage, it is now customary for people to jump the gun and panic about the PSN being hacked again whenever the service goes down without warning. Its silly to think something as severe as the PSN hack could happen again so soon, but it just goes to show you how bad the break-in hurt Sony's consumer trust. --------------------- Wii Updates To 4.2 And Starts Killing Consoles The Nintendo Wii has had an insanely difficult battle against piracy over the years. As people became more comfortable with the system's inner workings, it became even easier to mod the console. Obviously Nintendo didn't want that happening because a console that is easy to jailbreak is easy to play pirated games on. To combat the people modding new features into their consoles, they began releasing firmware updates like they were going out of business. The problem was that the people modding the consoles would have a new update to get past the firmware within days of it's release, making it a war Nintendo could never win. First result you get when you type Wii update 4.2 into Google When you start losing a war, you tend to make more mistakes. Nintendo released a new firmware update in an attempt to strip consoles of their modded-in homebrew channels. That firmware was 4.2, and it failed hilariously. Instead of removing the modded-in channels, it managed to brick legitimate owner's consoles. The only way to get around this brick was to send your console into a Nintendo repair system, have them look through your system to make sure it wasn't modded, and then they would fix it for you free of charge if they decided there wasn't anything modded on it. Nintendo pulled the update rather quickly, but there was still a large number of people affected by the broken update. --------------------- Microsoft Learns The Early Bird Doesn't Always Get The Worm The billion dollar mistake. Microsoft released the Xbox 360 all the way back in 2005, nearly a year before the release of the Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii. While this gave them an edge in the sales department, it also meant they had a year less than their competition to make sure their system was tough enough for home use. The Xbox 360's legacy will be one of death and rage This proved to be one of Microsoft's biggest mistakes as one after another, launch systems started dying. I myself went through three of them before I finally just gave up and started fixing my own whenever it died. Of course, not everyone is capable of fixing their own system so Microsoft had to deal with a lot of repairs. While there's no official amount saying exactly how much Microsoft had to shell out to fix all of their broken consoles today, the price was announced to be over a billion dollars back in 2007. Since the new Xbox revision, the number of dead systems has dropped tremendously, but losing out on a billion dollars just because you wanted a head start in the market had to hurt. --------------------- The Playstation 3DTV Is Cheap For A Reason 3DTVs are still a relatively new technology, so the odds of getting one at a budget price is pretty much zero. Unless of course you're willing to go out and buy the Playstation 3D Monitor. It's 24 inches of cheap 3D goodness with a side of awesome split screen innovation. Keyword being cheap. Despite the flaws... I'm still tempted to get one at $200 You see, these monitors have a habit of just not working. The main problem for most people is the image shown on the screen. For some people the screen will go black for a few seconds every few minutes. But it can get so much worse. Some TVs will just go permanently black with no way to fix it or just plain lose their sound. The process for getting it repaired is pretty streamlined, but losing access to your gaming TV for a solid week every few months can be pretty annoying despite paying the bargain bin price of $199. It is entirely possible that the TV you get will work perfectly and you'll never have to send it in, but is the $200 investment really worth it for a TV that could have so many problems? --------------------- Obviously these problems eventually got fixed (except for the 3DTV at the moment) but it just goes to show you that the big three aren't perfect. They've all made stupid mistakes, and they've all paid the price for trying to rush a product out as quickly as possible. As always thanks for reading. Are there any other instances of companies screwing up big that you want to mention? Why not do it in the comments below?