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Unable to log on to online games? Blame cheap-rate DDoSers

Running botnets-for-hire to mount DDoS attacks has become cheaper and easier than ever, according to a new research. Imperva Incapsula reckons botnet-for-hire services might be acquired for for as little $19.99 per month, via underground forums and payable in Bitcoins. Short, single-vector attacks associated with botnet-for- …
John Leyden, 10 Jun 2015

Ouch... right in the VIDEO GAME: Lizard Squad attacks XBox, Twitch

The hacker crew calling itself the "Lizard Squad" has followed up on high profile assaults on Sony over the weekend with online attacks on Xbox Live and Twitch, a broadcast platform for gamers. Lizard Squad knocked out Twitch after launching a denial of service attack on the service on Tuesday night, but XBox Live proved more …
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2014

Sony DENIES PlayStation Network WOBBLES despite gamer GRIPES

Updated An unknown number of gamers have been kicked off of Sony's PlayStation Network, but the company is continuing to insist that its service is stable. Anecdotal reports posted on social media appear to tell a different story, however. Some customers are currently saying that they are being greeted with a message that reads: "the …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Aug 2014
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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

A single missed micropayment sparked off an epic interstellar battle on EVE Online that was so costly the developers have decided to erect a permanent monument to the conflict. EVE Online battle The Titanomachy monument (click to enlarge) CCP Games, the Icelandic firm behind the massively multiplayer online role-playing …
Iain Thomson, 31 Jan 2014

Steam and Origin gamers knocked offline by SEPARATE DDoS attacks

Valve's online gaming platform Steam and Electronic Arts' Origin were hit by separate DDoS attacks over the weekend. An assault by a crew calling themselves DerpTrolling left EA Origin's online systems intermittently unavailable for around 24 hours while a separate attack knocked steam offline for around an hour on Friday. …
John Leyden, 6 Jan 2014
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Norks seed online games with malware in fiendish DDoS plot

South Korea’s National Police Agency (NPA) is warning users not to download unofficial online games as they may contain malware designed by the North to compromise machines which can then be used to launch DDoS attacks on the country. The malware in question collects the location data and IP address and sends them to overseas …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Oct 2013
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GTA V Online hits speed bumps: Short wait before you can rough up that hooker

Gamers keen to get online and play Grand Theft Auto V against humans rather than machine intelligence have had to wait after server problems left them stymied. Grand Theft Auto Online: We are aware that some users are experiencing issues and we are working with @RockstarGames to resolve — PlayStation (@PlayStation) October 1 …
Iain Thomson, 1 Oct 2013

EVE Online OFFLINE: Wannabe Capt Kirks clobbered in cluster-ruck

Updated Multiplayer spaceship game EVE Online has taken its systems offline after it was warped out of shape by a debilitating denial-of-service attack. In a statement on Facebook, its developers at CCP Games explained that it disconnected its server cluster from the internet as a precaution while it reviewed the integrity and …
John Leyden, 3 Jun 2013
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Christmas ruined for 2,100 sex offenders booted off online games

Thousands of online gaming accounts linked to convicted sex offenders were shut down in the US this month. Operation: Game Over resulted in the closure of 2,100 accounts registered through Gaia Online, NCSOFT, Funcom, THQ and other gaming platforms. Earlier this year 3,500 accounts were deleted from Microsoft, Apple, Blizzard …
John Leyden, 27 Dec 2012
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HTC takes another punch to the wallet, loses $40m OnLive investment

Taiwanese phone-maker HTC has just seen the $40m it shovelled into an internet gaming company go up in smoke. HTC [2498 Taiwan] invested in OnLive in February 2011 as part of its push into the gaming space. The American gaming company offered console-free cloud-gaming, and HTC bought the 5.33 million preferred shares in OnLive …
Anna Leach, 20 Aug 2012
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Full Tilt Poker boss arrested over $430m 'Ponzi scheme'

The CEO of Full Tilt Poker has handed himself in to American authorities to face charges of running a Ponzi scheme against its users. Raymond Bitar was arrested by the FBI at JFK Airport, in New York over allegations that his website, at one time the second biggest online poker company in the world, defrauded players by taking …
Iain Thomson, 4 Jul 2012
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Zynga branches out from Facebook to make new 'friends'

Zynga may not exactly be integral to the survival of Facebook - which recently revealed it derived 12 per cent of its 2011 revenue from the online gaming outfit - but the fact that the company behind Words With Friends has built its own network might make IPO-ready Mark Zuckerberg a bit twitchy. A "platform for play" has been …
Kelly Fiveash, 2 Mar 2012
The Register breaking news

Steam games forum down amid hack fears

Computer games outfit Valve has suspended its Steam user forums following unconfirmed reports of a security breach. Eurogamer claims that the official message board for Valve's Steam online games platform, Steampowered, was "defaced" on Monday night shortly before the site was suspended. It is believed the defacement involved …
John Leyden, 9 Nov 2011
The Register breaking news

Harry Potter Web-2.0 'Pottermore' offering unveiled

The child wizard is going online, come October, in what author JK Rowling promises will be a collaborative creation experience, not just an online game with social media attached. At first glance Pottermore looks like an online game: players (sorry, readers) will be able enrol at Hogwarts, then mix potions and cast spells to …
Bill Ray, 23 Jun 2011
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Virgin Media blames Activision for Call of Duty lag problems

Virgin Media has blamed coders of the popular Xbox Live game Call of Duty: Black Ops for slow connection issues that are hampering its service. "We're aware some of our customers are experiencing issues whilst playing Call of Duty: Black Ops on Xbox Live. Xbox Live traffic isn't managed by our systems so we've taken a close …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jun 2011
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LulzSec hacks EVE Online as rampage goes on

Updated Prolific hacker pranksters LulzSec took out sci-fi game EVE Online on Tuesday as part of a run of attacks apparently perpetrated purely for the lulz. A DDoS attack left EVE Online offline for around five hours as part of an operation called Titanic Takeover Tuesday. CCP Games, the firm behind the popular multiplayer game, said …
John Leyden, 15 Jun 2011
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LulzSec hacks US Senate

Hacker tricksters LulzSec is baiting US lawmakers with its latest attack on the US Senate. The hacking group posted what security experts Sophos characterised as "basic information on the filesystems, user logins and the Apache web server config files" of the Senate website on Wednesday morning. The group also posted a …
John Leyden, 14 Jun 2011
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Skype pushes gaming software down users throats

Skype has further irked its users, already put out by an outage last week, by pushing a Windows add-on that installed itself on users' systems whether or not they gave it permission to install. Auto-update functionality was used to push an update to the EasyBits Go games centre towards Windows users who used Skype Extras …
John Leyden, 31 May 2011

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