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Playstation Network Outage Gets Funny or Die Treatment Playstation Network Outage Gets Funny or Die Treatment

In a video, brought to you by the National Nerd Relief Fund, or NIRF, the folks over at Funny or Die warn us about the scourge of vampiric man-children that are taking to the streets, forced out of their basements …

Playstation Network Latest Update: Forensic Analysis Prompted Shutdown Playstation Network Latest Update: Forensic Analysis Prompted Shutdown
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Today marks the eighth day since Sony shut down it’s PlayStation Network due to an “external intrusion.” Late yesterday, the news surfaced that users’ personal information had been compromised during the attack.  This announcement simply confirmed already existing fears that …

PlayStation Network Still Down, No Timeframe Yet PlayStation Network Still Down, No Timeframe Yet
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PlayStation users are getting used to looking to Patrick Seybold for information.  The Senior Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media has been the voice throughout this PSN crisis, now entering its seventh day.  His posts on the PlayStation blog …

PlayStation Network Down, Latest Update Admits “External Intrusion” PlayStation Network Down, Latest Update Admits “External Intrusion”
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Since Wednesday of last week the PlayStation Network, Sony’s online gaming platform, has been offline.  Last weekend saw the launch of two major games for the console, Mortal Kombat and Portal 2, which much to the chagrin of gamers are …

George Hotz, Sony Settle PS3 Hacking Suit George Hotz, Sony Settle PS3 Hacking Suit
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Sony and hacker George Hotz, better known as geohot, have been involved in a lawsuit since Hotz jailbroke the PS3 and posted his exploits online.  The PS3 had been notoriously hard to crack, and Hotz’s accomplishment allowed owners to bypass …

TripAdvisor’s Email List Breached TripAdvisor’s Email List Breached
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TripAdvisor, one of the top travel review websites around, released a statement today that warns its members of a security breach that allowed the theft of a portion of their email list.  How large of a portion they don’t say, …

The PlayStation 3 Battles Are Continuing Quite Nicely
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The war between PlayStation 3 owners/hackers and Sony is moving along just fine, thanks. Hackers want the freedom to alter their consoles how they see fit, and Sony sees that as a declaration of the intention to pirate software and …

Sony Targets PS3 Hackers With Anti-Piracy Legal Team
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Sony continues to arm itself as they are pulling out all the stops in order to combat what they view as piracy across the PlayStation 3 platform.

Is Sony Working on an

So far, the Sony-versus-the-PS3-Hackers war has been largely fought to a stalemate.  True, Sony has perhaps the bigger victory with the GeoHot ruling, but that clearly hasn’t stopped the hackers from counterattacking Sony’s position.

Sometimes, with a little help/friendly fire from Sony themselves.

Is Sony Working on an
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So far, the Sony-versus-the-PS3-Hackers war has been largely fought to a stalemate.  True, Sony has perhaps the bigger victory with the GeoHot ruling, but that clearly hasn’t stopped the hackers from counterattacking Sony’s position.

Sometimes, with a little help/friendly fire from Sony themselves.

Is Sony Working on an

So far, the Sony-versus-the-PS3-Hackers war has been largely fought to a stalemate.  True, Sony has perhaps the bigger victory with the GeoHot ruling, but that clearly hasn’t stopped the hackers from counterattacking Sony’s position.

Sometimes, with a little help/friendly fire from Sony themselves.

PS3 Hackers Respond to Sony’s Threats
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Earlier, Sony threatened those who hack their PlayStation 3s with permanent banishment from their Playstation Network.  Naturally, some of these would-be hackers didn’t take too kindly to Sony’s threats, and have responded with perhaps another hack that threatens to make a mockery of Sony’s method of punishment.

PS3 Fanboys Stand Up for Sony

Sony released a statement concerning their recent PS3 hacking issues, and while the content was about what you’d expect, the PS3 fans showed support for the decision by offering 15 pages of “here-here” comments.

Hackers Charged with Fraud, Conspiracy Regarding 120,000 iPad Users’ Info

Two men have reportedly been charged after allegedly hacking into AT&T’s servers and accessing email addresses and other information from 120,000 iPad users last June. The two, Daniel Spitler and Andrew Auernheimer, have been brought up on fraud and conspiracy charges, according to Reuters, which reports:

Gawker Attack Sends Ripples Throughout the Web
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I can’t remember the last time we’ve seen so many hacking (and related) stories in the news, particularly in which so many big name brands were affected in such a short amount of time. Last week, of course the big stories were about "Anonymous" taking down MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, etc. 

Anonymous Wikileaks Avengers: We Don’t Want Your Credit Card Info or to Prevent You From Shopping
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"Anonymous" is an "Internet gathering" of people that has perpetrated Operation Payback, which took down MasterCard.com, Visa.com and others, because of how they’ve handled their relationships with Wikileaks, has issued a press release in attempt to clarify what it is trying to do. 

Scammers Targeting Amazon Retailers With Fake Receipts
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Cyber criminals are using a hacking program to create fake receipts for items sold through Amazon.com and its retail partners, in an effort to receive refunds or new products, according to security firm GFI Software.

“The free program available online allows scammers to create an HTML ‘receipt’ for phantom Amazon.com purchases,” said Christopher Boyd, senior threat researcher, GFI Software

 

MasterCard.com (and Visa.com) Taken Down By Wikileaks-Supporting Hackers?
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Update 3. MasterCard is back, and Anonymous (those behind Operation Payback) have issues a press release.

Update 2: The group (Operation Payback) credited with bringing down both MasterCard.com and Visa.com has had its Facebook Page removed for violating terms of service. It’s Twitter account was also suspended.

Update: Visa.com is now down as well. MasterCard.com is still down. (As of 4:30pm Eastern)

Hacker Gets 10 Years For $1.4 Million VoIP Theft
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The first person ever charged with hacking into Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) networks and reselling  VoIP services was sentenced today to 120 months in prison, United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Edwin Andres Pena, 27 transmitted over 10 million minutes of unauthorized phone calls over the victim’s networks.
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FBI Takes Down Cable Modem Hacker
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The FBI has announced it arrested a man on Thursday for allegedly selling hacked cable modems that provided free Internet access.

Matthew Delorey, 26, of New Bedford, Massachusetts, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of wire fraud. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence on each count of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

China Responds to Google Situation

Update:  Chinese government officials have responded to Google’s proposed actions. As reported by Bloomberg: