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Microsoft actively replacing hosed 360’s

Last week, we reported on problems faced by Microsoft with the latest Xbox 360 console firmware flash. Microsoft have acknowledged the problem and have said that the issue isn’t related to specific older versions or newer versions of the console and they have started a replacement program for those which …

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Is L.A. Noire the hottest game of 2011?

In the UK on Friday one of the years most anticipated games is released, the new title from RockStar Games. This game features new technology for capturing actors movements. L.A. Noire has been released in America and has been receiving rave reviews on many of the major gaming websites. Actor …

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Is Amazon Cloud a breeding ground for hack attacks?

Earlier in the week, we reported that Sony were compromised by hackers renting servers from Amazon. This hacker used Amazon’s Elastic Computer Cloud (EC2) service to attack Sony’s online entertainment systems last month. The intruder set up a fake name to use the account, and managed to get away with …

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Sony begin rebooting of Playstation Network

Sony have been working on bringing back the PlayStation Network, and yesterday they started a limited restoration, with further restoration in the plans for today. Sony have said they would begin bringing their PlayStation Network back online in the Middle East, New Zealand, Australia, Europe and America regions. The network …

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Playstation hack came from Amazon EC2

Bloomberg news have reported that the hackers who breached the Sony Playstation Network security used Amazon’s web services cloud to launch the attack. According to the story, the hacker(s) rented a server from Amazon’s EC2 service and breached the network from there, mentioning an unnamed person with knowledge of the …

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Facebook deny Symantec ‘security risk’ report

Symantec recently wrote a report on FaceBook security issues, highlighting that millions of people had personal data at risk. Yesterday Facebook made a statement arguing with the points that Symantec published. Facebook spokeswoman Malorie Lucich sent out an email to ComputerWorld which read “We appreciate Symantec raising this issue and …

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WebGL exploit opening browser users to serious attacks

The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team is advising users of Firefox and Opera users to disable WebGL. An exploit means that machines can be remotely controlled by malicious users. The webstandard WebGL has a weakness which opens the browsers to serious attacks, including the remote execution of malicious code, according …

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US Lawsuit targets 23,000 Bitorrent users

Over 23,000 people are facing legal action after downloading the 2010 Sylvester Stallone movie ‘The Expendables’. This is the largest Bittorrent file sharing lawsuit in U.S. history. Legal action in the U.S. is targeting more than 140,000 BitTorrent downloaders, many of which involve cases for porn and B-Rated movies. Film …

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Diablo III beta coming in Q3 2011

Blizzard aim to launch a beta for Diablo III in Q3 this year. Many games have been waiting for this title for a long time, hoping that it will recapture the magic of the series with an up to date engine. Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime said in an investor call …

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Chrome OS might launch this week

Rumors are circulating that Google may be launching Chrome OS very shortly at the Google I/O. With the latest news on Samsung’s upcoming Chrome OS notebook being released it would certainly seem like good timing. Chrome OS has been in development for some time now, with CR-48 notebooks helping developers …

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Sony users: should you cancel your credit card?

With the recent news of Sony’s network being hacked and credit card information being stolen, should you cancel your credit card? With more than 100 million potentially affected worldwide how are the UK banks taking the news? Sony have said that so far, it appears that none of the information …

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