Articles about Online Gaming

Cisco axes unloved M-Series modular servers two years after launch

Exclusive Cisco will kill off its M-Series modular server line, citing lack of customer interest. In an internal company memo, seen by The Register, Cisco data center/virtualization VP Frank Palumbo said stalled demand for the modular line convinced Cisco to end sales for the compact servers less than two years after their introduction …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Jun 2016
Wiwynn's ST7110-30P JBOF based on Facebook designs

Facebook's newest JBOF can be yours for Christmas

Taiwanese server-maker Wiwynn will bring Facebook's latest JBOF (just a bunch of flash) devices to all comers by Christmas. The ST7110-30P is a 2U machine that can house 60 solid-state disks or 30 NVMe drives. Facebook's packed it full of PCIe interfaces – 16 version 3.0 ports to be precise – because that's how the device …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jun 2016
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Congressman called out for $1,300 video game binge

A member of US Congress is facing scrutiny after he logged more than $1,300 worth of video game purchases as campaign expenses. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has sent a letter [PDF] to House Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) asking the lawmaker and vaping enthusiast to explain why more than four dozen charges from …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Apr 2016

You know how we're all supposed to automate now? Dark web devs were listening

RSA 2016 Security researchers have thrown the spotlight on a popular cybercrime tool that’s used by crooks to automate the process of taking over accounts on major websites before making fraudulent purchases. Sentry MBA, which is readily available for purchase on the so-called dark web, offer a way to break into accounts via a point- …
John Leyden, 02 Mar 2016
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Is DNSSEC causing more problems than it solves?

The complex security protocol for the domain name system – DNSSEC – has another black mark against it: it is being used as a way to carry out distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. That's according to a security bulletin [PDF] by Akamai that notes it has "observed and successfully mitigated a large number of DNS …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Feb 2016

Indonesian comms ministry orders 'gay emoji' block

Indonesia has joined Russia with a crackdown on emoji that depict gay, lesbian, bisexual or transexual people. The nations's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology says it's asked local instant messaging service LINE to remove emoji that depict same-sex couples holding hands because members of the public have …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Feb 2016
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'Phantom' menace threatens to down Xbox Live, PSN at Xmas

Last Christmas LizardSquad played Grinch with the holiday fun of gamers by knocking out XBox Live and smacking the PlayStation Network offline with a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. The traffic flooding exercise turned out to be a promo for a DDoS-for-hire cybercrime service. Arrests against both the hackers and …
John Leyden, 17 Dec 2015

Net neutrality debate: If startups want to rival Google, they must show some green to telcos

Just a few days after new net neutrality rules were passed by the European Parliament, the CEO of Deutsche Telekom has revived fears over how "loopholes" will lead to an unequal internet. As head of one of Europe's largest telcos, Timotheus Höttges was not a big fan of efforts to make it illegal for his company to …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Oct 2015

Screenshot malware targeted innocent online poker players

Spyware is targeting users of the Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars online games – and it is said to allow cheats to get a sneaky advantage over honest players. The malware, named Odlanor, first checks if PokerStars or Full Tilt Poker is running before taking screenshots of the infected player’s virtual poker hand and their …
John Leyden, 18 Sep 2015
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Bitcoin, schmitcoin. Let's play piggyback on the blockchain

Bitcoin may have generated countless salacious news headlines, but it’s a cameo player in a much bigger act. The blockchain is the real innovation that that makes Bitcoin work, and could well outlast the upstart currency. But it’s in trouble – and Silicon Valley has forked out millions to try and save it. The blockchain is a …
Danny Bradbury, 26 Jun 2015

Twitchy Google GAMES YouTube – hits 'play' on MULTI-BEELLION dollar market

Google is set to muscle in on the multi-billion dollar online gaming market, with the launch of a dedicated YouTube app and website. The ad giant, which failed in its bid to buy Twitch for $1bn last year, said in a blog post on Friday that the new service was coming to the US and UK this summer. Twitch was instead snapped up …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Jun 2015
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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-hire …
John Leyden, 10 Jun 2015
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Tencent introduces slimmed-down wristjob TOS to swollen market

A new lightweight OS for internet-of-things things has been announced by Chinese megacorp Tencent. The new TOS, is a new intelligent, open OS, jumping into a market which is clearly underserved, as there is only the Cyanogen spin of Android, Kindle’s spin of Android, Xiaomi’s MIUI (a spin of Android), Samsung’s Tizen, ARM’s …
Simon Rockman, 28 Apr 2015
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Sony nabs cloud gamers OnLive, administers swift headshot

Subscribers to the OnLive cloud gaming service have just 27 days of playing time left before the corporate servers that host their fragging sessions are to be shut down by Sony, which announced that it had acquired the service on Thursday. "It is with great sadness that we must bring the OnLive Game Service to a close," the …
Iain Thomson, 03 Apr 2015
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Teen pleads guilty in Microsoft and Valve hacking case

A man from Indiana has pleaded guilty for his role in a hacking ring that targeted major games developers. Austin Alcala, 19, from the town of McCordsville, admitted guilt (PDF) to charges of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and criminal copyright infringement. Alcala will be sentenced on a July 29 hearing, where he …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Apr 2015
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Microsoft: Oh, go on, Xbox Live user. Show us your spammer

The hugely annoying nuisance that has plagued email for decades has found its way into gaming, most recently spreading to affect their mobile and instant messaging experiences. Spammers are affecting online gaming, with Xbox users in particular reporting an increase in spam reaching them from multiple gamertags. In response …
John Leyden, 13 Feb 2015
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Sony hurls Online Entertainment from the mothership

In an unexpected move, Sony has sold off its gaming division Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) – which was responsible for the pioneering massively multiplayer online (MMO) role-playing game EverQuest among other titles. On Monday, SOE announced that it had been acquired by Columbus Nova, a New York–based investment firm, for an …
Neil McAllister, 03 Feb 2015
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Globe-spanning SEA-ME-WE 3 sea cable feared cut, broken or ...

SEA-ME-WE 3 is a marvel: the 39,000km submarine cable connects 31 nations, has 39 landing stations and stretches from Germany to Japan. Its two fibre pairs each carry 480 Gbits/s, a decent slice of the world's data traffic. But right now the cable's not at its best because the spur between Jakarta and Singapore looks to have …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Dec 2014

Men, Women and Children: Shows how crap the internet is via the medium of crap film

Film Review The internet has fundamentally changed the way we interact with one another - but at the same time it, like, hasn't. That seems to be the message behind the cringey and contrived Men, Women and Children. Starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Dean Norris, Judy Greer and Rosemarie DeWitt among others, this film is the latest " …
Kat Hall, 30 Nov 2014
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Ex-EU digi supremo Steelie Neelie's net neutrality bid in tatters?

Former EU digital tzar Neelie Kroes’ net neutrality plans for the Continent may be chucked out by national governments. The latest draft of a law prepared by Italy for national delegations to mull over – a copy of which was leaked by digital rights group EDRi here [PDF] – suggests replacing a definition of net neutrality with …
Jennifer Baker, 25 Nov 2014
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Cybersecurity? Nothing to do with us, mate – Google and Facebook

Google, eBay, Facebook, Yahoo! foursquare and Microsoft want nothing to do with the proposed new EU cybersecurity law. In an open letter to Europe’s telco ministers last week, CCIA (the Computer & Communications Industry Association) said the proposed Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive should excluding internet …
Jennifer Baker, 12 Nov 2014
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Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

Analysis It seems hard to believe but 10 years ago the PC was the only computing interface for billions of consumers and businesses and Microsoft owned them all. A desktop or laptop running MS Windows loaded with Office for creating documents and spreadsheets and Internet Explorer to view web pages. Nearly 100 per cent market share is …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Nov 2014

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
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Three quarters of South Korea popped in online gaming raids

Three quarters of South Korea's population have been compromised in a massive data breach affecting 27 million people. The nearly incomprehensible breach was revealed when 16 individual were arrested after selling the records relating to victims aged between 15 and 65 years-old. The records included names account logins …
Darren Pauli, 26 Aug 2014
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Hack skirmish grounded Sony exec's flight after FAKE bomb scare

As Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks hosed not only Playstation Network but also XBox and Battle.net networks, it has emerged that a fake bomb threat grounded US flight 362, while Sony Entertainment Online chief John Smedley was aboard the aircraft. A group (@LizardSquad was tweeting threats and invective in the …
Darren Pauli, 25 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

Verizon to limit unlimited 4G plans

Verizon has decided to throttle some users of its 4G network. There's nothing entirely new or sinister in the decision, as the company's notice of the change points out that it operates a “Network Optimization policy” that “limits the data speeds of the heaviest 3G data users – only select subscribers with unlimited data plans …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2014

Queensland man arrested on charges including Bitcoin theft

Back in March, a man from the Queensland town of Kingaroy identified by News Limited as Shane Duffy was charged for breaching the systems of Riot Networks.Those attacks included copying files and briefly hijacking the company's Twitter account, and in April, a Maryborough magistrate confirmed bail conditions that forbade him …
Streetfighter 2: Chun Li kicks things off

Why two-player games > online gaming: See your pal's shock as you bag a last-second victory

Game Theory The petulant slap of a velvet glove across a rival’s cheek – the centuries-old prelude to a duel to the death between gentlemen. To the victor, the promise of a wrong righted and, quite possibly, the hand of a buxom beauty. For the defeated, nothing but dishonour, or else the cold embrace of the grave. Kubrick classic: Barry …
Mike Plant, 29 Apr 2014
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Zynga dodges IPO lawsuit thanks to lack of 'basic factual details'

Zynga has seen off a lawsuit that accused the gaming firm of misleading investors about its financial and business prospects ahead of its initial public offering back in 2011. Shareholders who launched the suit had alleged that Zynga had "engaged in a deliberate scheme to mislead investors by portraying the online gaming …
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Samsung brandishes quad-core Galaxy S5, hopes nobody wants high specs

MWC 2014 Samsung has announced its new Qualcomm-powered Galaxy S5 smartphone, focussing on how fashionable and fitness-friendly the thing is rather than waste time revealing specifications during its glitzy launch. Luckily, we got our hands on the device and a spec sheet so we can tell you how the mobe measures up. In your …
Simon Rockman, 25 Feb 2014

Europe shrugs off largest DDoS attack yet, traffic tops 400Gbps

Once again hackers are targeting content-delivery firm Cloudfare, and the company says this latest attack is its biggest yet, peaking at over 400Gbps of traffic. "Very big NTP reflection attack hitting us right now. Appears to be bigger than the #Spamhaus attack from last year. Mitigating," tweeted Cloudflare's CEO Matthew Price …
Iain Thomson, 11 Feb 2014
Eve Online mega-battle

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
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Valve showers Debian Linux devs with FREE Steam games

Games vendor Valve has offered a surprise present to the Debian Linux community, in the form of subscriptions that give Debian project members free, unlimited access to all Valve game titles – past, present, and future – forever. According to a message posted to a Debian mailing list on Thursday, the offer is open to all …
Neil McAllister, 24 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, 06 Jan 2014
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Casino DDoS duo caged for five years after blackmail buyout threat

A pair of cyber-extortionists who attempted to blackmail a Manchester-based online casino with threats of unleashing a debilitating denial of service attack have been jailed for five years and four months. Piotr Smirnow, 31, of Tawerny, Warsaw, Poland, and Patryk Surmacki, 35, of Szezecin, Poland, pleaded guilty at Manchester …
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2013
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Marketing told us: 'Justin Bieber is a fad. He’s not going to last.' – Company formerly known as RIM

Quotw This was the week when former senior BlackBerry bod Vincent Washington claimed the Canadian company turned down an offer from Justin Bieber to be the firm's brand ambassador back at the peak of its popularity. He said: One thing we missed out on was that Justin Bieber wanted to rep BlackBerry. He said: 'Give me $200,000 and …
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VIOLENT video games make KIDS SMARTER – more violent the BETTER

A meta-study carried out by the American Psychological Association has claimed that playing computer games has many positive effects on children and, in some cases, the more violent the game the more beneficial the effect. The research, published in the latest issue of American Psychologist, found that modern video games are …
Iain Thomson, 27 Nov 2013

Microsoft bans XXXXBOX gamers for CURSING in online combat

Microsoft has announced that it will silence swearing and cursing players on its Xbox Live online gaming service. Although Redmond reassured cursing customers that they will still be able to turn the air blue in private chats, they will have to be much more discreet when shooting up some stranger on the other side of the world. …
Jasper Hamill, 26 Nov 2013
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XBOX ONE and PS4, you'll make us RUN OUT of INTERNET

Web puritans Blue Coat are predicting that the end of internet days because of the release of Xbox One and rival PlayStation 4 gaming consoles. That's the stark message from a preposterous article - titled Will Xbox One and PS4 finally break the internet? - that reached our inbox on Friday morning. This had nothing to do with …
John Leyden, 22 Nov 2013
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Ruskie email provider Mail.ru chats up US market with My.com

Russia's biggest email provider is hoping to crack the US market with the launch of My.com. Mail.Ru's subsidiary has been set up in Mountain View, California, to punt a combination of mobile services and games - groan-inducingly described by the company as "commutainment" - at subscribers stateside. The firm is run by one of …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Nov 2013
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The TRUTH about mystery Trojan found in SPAAACE

The mystery malware inadvertently brought into space by scientists which then infected the International Space Station has been identified as a gaming Trojan. The historical infection actually happened five years ago in 2008 but was propelled back into the news again last week as the result of a recent speech by Eugene Kaspersky …
John Leyden, 13 Nov 2013
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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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Valve uncloaks prototype Steam Machine console specs

Valve has revealed details about the hardware that powers its prototype Steam Machine gaming consoles, though it cautions that future commercial devices could have specs that vary considerably from the initial models. The games publisher announced its plans to enter the console business last week, including that it would kick …
Neil McAllister, 04 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, 01 Oct 2013

AT&T takes on Google fiber, fixin' to give Texans GIGABIT GUNS

America's dominant telco will take on Google in fitting 1Gb/sec broadband in Austin, Texas, engaging in a numbers battle which will delight a few while doing nothing for the majority. The "GigaPower" service will only stretch to around one per cent of Austin homes, but enables AT&T to match Google's boast of 1Gb/sec broadband …
Bill Ray, 01 Oct 2013
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HP unleashes OneView admin tool on lazy, uncooperative servers

IT admins, polish up those online gaming skills because HP is coming for your job. Again. The new OneView management platform for HP BladeSystems, and Proliant Generation 8 and 7 servers was announced by HP on Wednesday with bold claims of dramatically shortened provisioning times and easier management than ever before. The …
Jack Clark, 25 Sep 2013
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Zynga's CEO tried to buy game slinger in 2010... while Xbox chief - report

Zynga’s new chief executive Don Mattrick liked the online gaming firm so much, he considered buying it for Xbox while he was a Microsoft bigwig. Mattrick, until last week the head of Microsoft’s entertainment division, negotiated with Zynga founder Mark Pincus to buy Zynga in 2010, "insiders" told Bloomberg. According to the …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jul 2013
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Ubisoft admits major hacking breach, advises password change

French games publisher Ubisoft has confirmed a major breach of its Uplay servers and the theft of user names, email addresses, and encrypted passwords – although it claims financial data is in a separate silo and looks safe so far. "We are recommending you to change your password," the company said in a statement. "Out of an …
Iain Thomson, 02 Jul 2013

Zynga zinger: Xbox chief bagged as new CEO

Zynga, the online gaming company that recently laid off 500 employees, has just hired one: a new CEO, Don Mattrick, who moves to the game developer from his job as president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, where he shepherded the Xbox 360. "Don is unique in the game business," said Zynga's founder, chairman …
Rik Myslewski, 01 Jul 2013