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COMMENT | Boomerang offering £12 Payback Points and "Legend" status as compensation for "website issues"

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Boomerang Rentals, Game Rentals, Hackers

COMMENT | Boomerang offering £12 Payback Points and "Legend" status as compensation for "website issues"

After allegations that Boomerang Rentals' customer accounts were compromised earlier this month -- a fiasco that led to mysterious, unauthorised transactions popping up in the statements of a number of Boomerang's customers -- it seems that the site is back up and running, sort of. And as recompense for "the recent website issues", the company is issuing a rewards package that'll see those affected get "£12 worth of Payback Points and exclusive access to bonus games."

Yup, thousands of pounds have gone missing, but it's okay folks, because now you can get a little upgrade badge for your account that'll read "Legend". And people didn't think this was being taken seriously.

Oh Boomerang.

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7 Ways to Stop Hackers Ruining Your Christmas Gaming

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
Tags:
Hackers, Microsoft, PS4, PS4 games, PSN, Sony, XBL, Xbox One Games

7 Ways to Stop Hackers Ruining Your Christmas Gaming

Moronic hackers have once again screwed over gamers by hacking into PSN and Xbox Live just in time for one of the busiest times of the year. Sure, the hackers think they're punishing the big companies, or 'sticking it to the man', but in fact, they're affecting regular folk who want to enjoy a bit of online gaming with friends over the holidays before heading back to work. Let's face it, Destiny is more useful as a coaster when offline. Rather than list the painful punishments we wish on the hackers, we've come up with seven things to do with your consoles that the hackers can't interfere with.

Have a few massive games to hand

There are some bloody huge games out there that don't require any online connectivity at all. In the post nuclear war scorched world of Fallout these outages will be nothing more than a blink of the eye. Fallout 3 will absorb well over 100 hours of your life on the long road to a Platinum Trophy. I can't think of any other game you'll want to play for so long despite the HUGE number of glitches and crashes. Fallout: New Vegas isn't quite as buggy, but if you're after something a bit more modern to play though the downtime though, we'd seriously recommend giving Dragon Age: Inquisition a go. It's a bit bloody good.

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PSA: Hacker group DerpTrolling hit PSN, Windows Live, 2K Games, login details at risk

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
2K Games, Facebook, Hackers, PSA, PSN, Twitter, Windows LIVE

PSA: Hacker group DerpTrolling hit PSN, Windows Live, 2K Games, login details at risk

Another year, another hacker group somehow bored during silly season. This time it's a group by the name of DerpTrolling, who've gone and leaked a "very small portion" of login details they've amassed from the likes of the PSN, 2K's servers, and Windows Live amongst others.

The details were posted on Pastebin along with a message from DerpTrolling saying the following: "Dear Internet, The following is a very small portion of Lord Gaben and the rest of his crew's glorious raids across the high seas of the Internet." This was then followed up with "Let this be a warning to all. Nothing is safe from Derp."

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UK LulzSec Hackers Plead Guilty To Sony & Nintendo Attacks

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Hackers, LulzSec, Nintendo, Sony

UK LulzSec Hackers Plead Guilty To Sony & Nintendo Attacks

Three British members of the LulzSec hacking group have plead guilty to numerous charges of hacking and DDOS attacks on the likes of Sony, Bethesda, CCP and Nintendo (not to mention SOCA and the NHS).

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Gears of War: Judgment Leaks Online, Microsoft Wave The Banhammer

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Banhammer, Epic Games, Gears of War: Judgment, Hackers, Microsoft Studios, Piracy, TPS games, Xbox 360 games

Gears of War: Judgment Leaks Online, Microsoft Wave The Banhammer

Well it was only a matter of time. Just as with Halo 4 before it, Gears of War: Judgment has leaked online, although it's done so a good month ahead of release; and, as with the Halo 4 debacle, Microsoft are threatening gamers with lifelong account and console bans if they're caught with illicit code.

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Sony Europe Fined £250K For PSNgate, Will Look To Appeal

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Anonymous, GeoHotz, Hackers, Information Commissioners Office, PSN, PSNgate, Sony

Sony Europe Fined £250K For PSNgate, Will Look To Appeal

Sony have been fined over the 2011 incidents that saw the PSN hacked by outsiders and millions of consumers' secure data breached and compromised.

The UK Information Commissioners Office stated at the time that there would be an investigation into the "external intrusions", and they settled on  £250,000 fine this week, labelling the crisis the "most serious breach" they've ever had to deal with, and releasing a video statement on  the matter this morning.

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Report: Widespread Origin Account Hacking In Progress

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
EA, Hackers, Origin

Report: Widespread Origin Account Hacking In Progress

Myriad Origin customers are reporting that their accounts have been hacked over the last week, receiving emails confirming that their username and/or passwords have been successfully changed. They've been unable to log in to their accounts afterwards. [via NeoGAF]

Worryingly, dates of birth and security questions are also being changed, meaning that restoring account access and proving their own identity is proving to be difficult in many cases. EA urge affected consumers to contact their support centre.

Have you been affected by this issue?

PS3 Custom Firmware Users Face Lifetime PSN Bans

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
custom firmware, Hackers, PS3, PSN, Sony

PS3 Custom Firmware Users Face Lifetime PSN Bans

Sony is getting tough on PS3 hackers following new custom firmware doing the rounds, threatening lifetime PSN bans for those involved.

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Borderlands 2 Patch Fixes Xbox 360 'Graveyard' Hack

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Borderlands 2, Gearbox, Hackers, Patch, Update, Xbox 360 games

Borderlands 2 Patch Fixes Xbox 360 'Graveyard' Hack

Gearbox have pushed out a Borderlands 2 title update to kill off a prevalent Xbox 360 version exploit.  Hackers were able to access an unfinished Hardcore Mode, which wouldn't have been a major problem but for the little fact that users would corrupt save files and badass ranks of anyone who accidentally joined them in-game.

Seeing as this is the only purpose of the latest update, it's clear that Gearbox treated the issue as their highest priority.

EA Heavily Investing To Combat FIFA 13 Hacking

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
EA, FIFA 13, Hackers, Security

EA Heavily Investing To Combat FIFA 13 Hacking

But "You're Never Going To Win This Battle"

FIFA 12's Ultimate Team DLC quickly became a prime target for phishers and hackers when it released last year, and EA are throwing "a lot of resources" behind ensuring that the same won't happen with FIFA 13. However, they're under no illusions that stopping the practice outright will be a losing battle.

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Remote Play Vids Show Hacked PS3 Titles Running On PS Vita

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Hackers, PS Vita, PS3, Remote Play, Sony

Videos showing hacked PS3 titles such as Red Dead RedemptionMortal KombatBattlefield 3 and Batman: Arkham Asylum running on a Playstation Vita have been recorded and uploaded to YouTube.

Check them out after the jump...

Steam Account Information Compromised

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
News
Tags:
forums, Gabe Newell, Hackers, Valve

Steam Account Information Compromised

Forum Troubles Turn Out To Go A Little Further

Users of Valve’s online gaming platform Steam were greeted with a message from studio head Gabe Newell last night informing them that the recent decision to turn off the official forums went a little beyond defacing the community space. We have the full statement after the jump.

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Microsoft: Xbox Live Has Not Been Compromised

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Hackers, Microsoft, Xbox Live

Microsoft: Xbox Live Has Not Been Compromised

"Evolving Threats" From External Source

We recently reported that a number of Xbox Live accounts have been hacked in order to purchase FIFA 12 Ultimate Team DLC using the attached payment schemes... but Microsoft are certain that the problem isn't on their end. In a recent statement, the Redmond giant suggests that the personal details used in a "limited number" of incidents haven't stemmed from a weakness in their online service and that they're working directly with the affected parties.

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Sony: 93,000 PSN Accounts Have Been "Compromised" By Hackers

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Hackers, PSN, Sony

Sony: 93,000 PSN Accounts Have Been "Compromised" By Hackers

Data Obtained From "Other Companies"

Sony's Chief Security Officer has issued a statement declaring that approximately 93,000 Sony accounts have been recently accessed by hackers - and that they've locked the offending IDs after "unauthorized purchases" were made. Apparently the personal information used to gain access to the accounts was gleaned from "other companies, sites or other sources." 60,000 of these accounts were PlayStation Network or Sony Entertainment Network accounts, whereas 33,000 were for Sony Online Entertainment. The total figure corresponds to one tenth of one per cent of Sony's total PSN, SEN and SOE audience.

Before you start panicking, your credit card details are perfectly safe.

"Please note, if you have a credit card associated with your account, your credit card number is not at risk. We will work with any users whom we confirm have had unauthorized purchases made to restore amounts in the PSN/SEN or SOE wallet."

We'll keep you posted. Probably worth updating your password, though, just in case. Make sure that it's a unique password that you don't use for any other sites or accounts.

3 Million DIRT 3 Digital Copies Swiped By Hackers

Author:
Felix Kemp
Category:
News
Tags:
Codemasters, DiRT 3, Hackers, Steam

3 Million DIRT 3 Digital Copies Swiped By Hackers

It appears Codemasters have lost an estimated three million digital copies of racer DIRT 3 after hackers after hackers swiped reserved download codes for the game intended for release as part of a promotion with graphics card manufacturers, AMD. The codes were left on a public Codemasters server without protection, which has since been ransacked by opportunistic hackers.

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Hacker Cabal Announce End To Cyber Crime Spree

Author:
Felix Kemp
Category:
News
Tags:
Games news, Hackers, LulzSec

lulzsec-tupac-pbs

Earlier this month, Lulz Security - the hacking organization who claimed to have hacked Sony earlier this month and have been a thorn in the side of online services for the past few weeks or so - have announced they're bringing an end to their brief reign of chaos. The group - who support and have loose ties with fellow hacker cabal, Anonymous - released a statement via torrent site, Pirate Bay, detailing their departure.

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Neverwinter Nights Forum Hacked, EA Accounts Compromised

Author:
Felix Kemp
Category:
News
Tags:
BioWare, EA Games, Games news, Hackers

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Another day, another publisher hacked. This time, it's not Sony or SEGA, but EA. Or, to be more specific, Bioware, and their Neverwinter Nights' forums. It might not sound like much, but every regular user of Bioware's forums has an EA Account, containing confidential information such as mailing and billing addresses, not to mention vital in-game progress or purchased products. The publisher has admitted the attack on their forums resulted in a number of EA Accounts being hacked, but information pertaining to credit cards and the like is safe.

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PS3 Firmware Update 3.66 Out Now

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
Tags:
Hackers, PS3, PSN, PSNgate

A new compulsory firmware update greeted PS3 gamers today. The US PlayStation blog said: “With this minor update, system stability during use of PS3 format software and network services has been improved.”

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More Hacker Woe Imminent For Sony?

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Game news, Hackers, LulzSec, Sony

lulzsec-tupac-pbs

The hacker group that successfully managed to worm its way into PBS and, amongst other nefarious activities, publish a mildly amusing story on how Tupac and Biggie had been found alive, living together in New Zealand, has sworn to target Sony next.

Hacker group LulzSec have announced plans to target the Japanese electronics giant, with their mission neatly encapsulated in a single hashtag: #Sownage (Sony + ownage).

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Japanese PSN Restoration Halted Until 'Preventative Measures' Proven

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Game news, Hackers, Japan, PSN, PSNgate, Sony

psn-no

It would seem that the Japanese government remains sceptical in the fading embers of PSNgate, having barred Sony from resuming normal online service in Japan until officials are happy that the security measures being implemented are fully up to scratch.

Speaking to Dow Jones, a Japanese regulatory official - Kazushige Nobutani, Director of the Media and Content Industry at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (try putting that on a badge) - outlined two specific areas of concern that would require further explanation from Sony before the PSN is fully restored.

Click here to find out why the PSN is still a no-go in Japan at the moment...