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Screech! Grand Theft Auto V malware mods warning

Cybercrooks are cooking up malware disguised as mods for the Grand Theft Auto V video game. GTA V allows players to modify their gaming environment with "mods" (modifications). It's all been good fun, but recently two of the mods – "Angry Planes" and "No Clip" – have generated warnings on forums frequented by fans of the game …
John Leyden, 18 May 2015
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Call of Duty 'fragged using OpenSSL's Heartbleed exploit'

Call of Duty: Black Ops II appears to have been compromised using the now infamous Heartbleed exploit, according to security researchers. The Heartbleed security bug is a simple example of memory leakage through an overflow vulnerability in the Heartbeat component of OpenSSL. Bits of memory in 64 kilobyte chunks may be …
John Leyden, 10 Apr 2014
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Malware-flinging Winnti crew has been RIPPING OFF gaming firms for YEARS

Security researchers have discovered an active cyber-crime campaign that targets online gaming companies worldwide. According to Kaspersky Lab, the Winnti crew has been attacking companies in the online gaming industry since 2009, stealing digital certificates signed by legitimate software vendors in addition to intellectual …
John Leyden, 11 Apr 2013
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Ubisoft probes sudden rash of hijack attacks on gamers' accounts

Ubisoft is investigating a recent spate of hijackings of gaming accounts belonging to users of its Uplay platform. Complaints about account hijacking flared up around 30 December, leading to numerous posts on support forums. "There is no one at Ubi manning the support system, and the DRM requires access to your account," one …
John Leyden, 4 Jan 2013
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Exploit broker releases EXPLICIT VIDS of holes in industrial control kit

Malta-based security start-up ReVuln claims to have uncovered a raft of vulnerabilities in industrial control kit from many leading manufacturers. ReVuln released a video depicting zero-day exploits against SCADA* equipment from Siemens, General Electric, Schneider Electric, ABB/Rockwell and others. The unpatched flaws are all …
John Leyden, 23 Nov 2012
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Nintendo downplays Wii U 'hidden control panel' hack fears

A video games fan claims he accidentally hacked into the online environment (Miiverse) of Nintendo's latest game console, the Wii U. A gamer called Trike claims he stumbled across a secret debug menu in the Miiverse that gave him access to a list of administrators and a control panel, hours after the US release of the console …
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2012
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'Regular' PS3 gamers who've cancelled credit cards? You FOOLS!

The appearance of a Sony PlayStation 3 firmware hack will only affect hardware modders, according to a gaming security expert. Chinese hacker group BlueDisk-CFW has published a tool that circumvents the console's firmware. This was followed by the release of "LV0 decryption key." The decryption keys allow PS3 firmware packages …
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2012
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Atari and Square Enix cough to exposing users' privates

Atari has apologised to gamers following a security breach that exposed their names and email addresses, leaving users at heightened risk of spam as a result. The gaming outfit blamed the fairly minor breach (no credit cards or mobile phone numbers were exposed) on problems introduced during a migration to a new cloud-based …
John Leyden, 20 Dec 2011
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Valve admits forum hack exposed gamers' privates

Steam, the online platform of video game firm Valve Corporation, has admitted that customer personal details including encrypted credit card information might have been exposed by a hack attack last weekend. The hack led to the creation of a new "promoted" discussion thread on the Steampowered forum, ostensibly promoting a …
John Leyden, 11 Nov 2011
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AMD Steam-game offer suspended after keys pilfered

Data security problems have led to the suspension of a free-videogame-with-every-Radeon-graphics-card offer from AMD and Codemasters. Three million activation codes that allowed gamers to play a free copy of DiRT 3 on Steam have leaked. AMD's redemption site, AMD4u, was left vulnerable to a .htaccess exploit. This website …
John Leyden, 8 Sep 2011
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Tricky Xbox 360 hack claimed to work 1 try in 4

Hackers reckon they have come up with a way to circumvent the security of Xbox 360 gaming consoles via an attack that allows them to inject unsigned code into the heart of the system. The so-called Reset Glitch Hack, developed by hackers GliGli and Tyros, creates a means to load code into a console's CPU. This makes it more …
John Leyden, 1 Sep 2011
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Japanese still locked out of PlayStation Network

Sony has restored its PlayStation network in most of the world following a high profile hack last month, but gamers in its native Japan remain locked out of the system. The government is blocking a relaunch until Sony satisfies regulators that it has had applied improved security controls. Gamers enthusiast and security …
John Leyden, 18 May 2011
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Sony mulls hacker bounty offer

Sony execs are mulling the possibility of offering bounties for any information that leads to the arrests of hackers who breached its network. The unspecified reward might be only offered by Sony through the FBI in a bid to tease out information on a security breach that affected as many as 100 million customers, All Things …
John Leyden, 9 May 2011
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Targeted phish frags XBox gamers

Updated Microsoft has warned users of Xbox Live to be wary of targeted phishing scams that attempt to hoodwink users into handing over their gamer tags and passwords. Phishing, fake point generators that actually contain malware and various other forms of nastiness are nothing new in the world of online gaming. The latest scam …
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2011
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XBox promo code exploit set Microsoft back $1.2m

Hackers managed to figure out the algorithm used by Microsoft to generate promotional codes tied to XBox Live, costing Redmond an estimated $1.2m before it put a stop to the scam. The algorithm created 160 counterfeit MS points, the currency used on XBox Live, at each iteration. "Hackers found an algorithm to add to existing, …
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2011
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Sony PS3 rootkit rumours rubbished

Suggestions that Sony has added a rootkit with the latest firmware update to its PS3 console have been denounced as bunkum by a leading gaming security expert. Rumours began flying on the interwebs earlier this week that the official 3.56 firmware upgrade for Sony's consoles gave the consumer electronics giant the ability to …
John Leyden, 3 Feb 2011
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Vegas vid-poker hackjackpot bonanza duo face charges

A duo who used a software bug in video poker machines to milk thousands in unearned jackpots have been charged with computer hacking and conspiracy offences. John Kane, 52, of Las Vegas, allegedly learned that a glitch in the software that meant it was possible to change the stake and multiplier of payouts after first …
John Leyden, 7 Jan 2011

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