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FCC denies report that its website was attacked

Written by James Delahunty @ 11 Jun 2014 16:35

FCC denies report that its website was attacked The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has denied a report from VICE that its website suffered from a denial of service attack last week.

After comedian John Oliver had a rant about the FCC and net neutrality, he urged people to go to the FCC website and provide the regulator with feedback while opinion from the public was being sought. Not long after this, the commenting section on the FCC website became unusable.

VICE ran a report quoting an FCC source saying that it was actually hacked who brought down the commenting system with a denial of service attack.

Later though, an FCC spokesperson reached out to Engadget to deny the initial report. He said that the commission had no evidence of a malicious attack, and that a high volume of traffic caused the collapse. Engadget also noted that the FCC's commenting system is 17 years old.

VICE is sticking by its original report however, saying that a high-level FCC source had described it as a "database denial of service attack."

When you think about it though, given the age of the FCC's commenting system and combining that with thousands people trying to add comments, would that appear to be a denial of service attack if you were unaware of John Oliver's call to arms?

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Google joins anti-piracy effort to cut ad revenue from rogue websites

Written by James Delahunty @ 11 Jun 2014 16:25

Google joins anti-piracy effort to cut ad revenue from rogue websites Google is part of a new coalition aimed at cutting advertising revenue to websites that offer copyright infringing content.

The practice of targeting ads on piracy websites is not new. The goal is straight-forward, to make the operation of these websites a non-profitable risk so that many will end up shutting down, or plans to launch new sites will be abandoned. Police in the UK are already targeting ads on piracy websites.

Search giant Google will join another effort in Italy. It will reportedly sign a Memorandum of Understanding in the country, along with music and movie groups, and others in the advertising business.

A committee comprised of signatories will handle complaints from rights holders that highlight advertisements shown on websites offering pirated content.

Source: TorrentFreak





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WARNING: TweetDeck vulnerable to XSS flaw (UPDATE: fixed!)

Written by James Delahunty @ 11 Jun 2014 13:00

WARNING: TweetDeck vulnerable to XSS flaw (UPDATE: fixed!) Twitter's useful TweetDeck app is vulnerable to a cross-site-scripting (XSS) flaw that a lot of people have run in to today.

While browsing today, my TweetDeck tab in Google Chrome came to the front by itself with a message simply saying "XSS in TweetDeck". At the same time, my co-worker Jari sent me a link to a tweet that - when combined with TweetDeck - would automatically Re-tweet the message and spread.

Here is a screenshot of the tweet, before it is inevitably taken offline



It appears that to be affected by it, all you need is for it to appear in your timeline in TweetDeck at least in Google's Chrome browser. In our case, it was re-tweeted by an Adobe account, which then exploited the flaw in Jari's TweetDeck to retweet it, and then it showed up in my timeline and I retweeted it.

Of course, you can manually "un-retweet" it if you visit the actual tweet in a browser and just click the RT button again so it is no longer green. Here is the direct link, which should be safe to open in a browser.

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E3 2014: Nintendo unveils 'amiibo' toys compatible with Wii U via NFC

Written by James Delahunty @ 10 Jun 2014 20:20

E3 2014: Nintendo unveils 'amiibo' toys compatible with Wii U via NFC Nintendo has displayed why it built NFC (near-field communications) chips into the Wii U controller by unveiling its new amiibo toys.

One of the first games compatible with amiibo will be Super Smash Bros 4. By holding the toy to the Wii U gamepad information can be transferred between the two. Customized settings, achievements and more can be carried by players in the amiibo toys.

Other games that will support amiibo toys soon will be Mario Kart 8, Yoshi's Woolly World and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

No details were given on how much these trinkets will cost though, but here's a demonstration of how they work.

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E3 2014: Nintendo confirms Zelda for Wii U in 2015

Written by James Delahunty @ 10 Jun 2014 19:56

E3 2014: Nintendo confirms Zelda for Wii U in 2015 Nintendo announced that the Wii U console will claim its first Legend of Zelda title in 2015.

A brief trailer for the next Zelda game was shown at Nintendo's E3 press briefing and is embedded below. The Wii U console could certainly use strong titles as soon as possible to turn around its fortunes.

The open-world format for the Wii U Zelda marks a break with the past for the Zelda series, providing the player with total freedom of movement. Lead character Link is set to appear in other titles due to be released this year too, including Super Smash Bros 4.

Give the trailer a glimpse..

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E3 2014: Bloodborne for PS4 debut trailer released

Written by James Delahunty @ 10 Jun 2014 19:47

E3 2014: Bloodborne for PS4 debut trailer released A notable PlayStation 4 exclusive shown off at E3 this year is Bloodborne, being developed by FromSoftware and SCE Japan Studio.

It is being directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki (Dark Souls) and is expected to be released sometime in 2015. Screenshots of the game had leaked onto the Internet weeks before E3, but the title wasn't revealed until the press briefing.

Bloodborne is set in the ancient city of Yharnam which is plagued with a strange endemic illness spreading through its population. The player will engage in a struggle to uncover secrets of the dreary city in order to survive.

Check out the trailer.

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E3 2014: No Man's Sky gameplay trailer

Written by James Delahunty @ 10 Jun 2014 19:35

E3 2014: No Man's Sky gameplay trailer One title that received a lot of attention at E3 so far is No Man's Sky, being developed by Hello Games.

No Man's Sky is set in a Sci-Fi Universe and will feature a procedurally generated open world, in which players can explore planets, deep oceans, discover life and so on. Environments in new undiscovered worlds will vary from mild to absolutely hostile.

Information gained about new planets, species and so forth can be shared with other players. Of course, there are also battles in space to keep you occupied.

It looks like a very ambitious project and it will be interesting where it goes.

Check out the trailer shown at E3 this year.

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PlayStation Now open beta coming to PS4 in July

Written by James Delahunty @ 10 Jun 2014 19:27

PlayStation Now open beta coming to PS4 in July Sony's PlayStation Now games rental/streaming service will available in open beta on the PlayStation 4 console from July 31.

The open beta will be available to PS4 owners in the United States and Canada, with the PS3 and PSVita following later. For those who don't own a PlayStation console, PlayStation Now is also coming to selected Sony Smart TVs. As long as you have a DualShock 3 controller, you will be able to use it with selected Smart TVs.

PlayStation Now will feature PlayStation 3 games only at first, but older platforms will be added later.

The first games confirmed to be available include Dead Space 3, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Ultra Street Fighter 4, God of War: Ascension and Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus.

It is being reported that rental costs for PlayStation Now range between $2.99 and $19.99, depending on the term of the rental and other factors.





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PlayStation TV coming to U.S. and Canada for $99

Written by James Delahunty @ 10 Jun 2014 19:19

PlayStation TV coming to U.S. and Canada for $99 During Sony's E3 press briefing yesterday, it announced that PlayStation TV is coming this fall to the United States and Canada, priced at $99.

Using PlayStation TV, you can stream PlayStation 4 to another TV in your house and "remote play". It can also be used to play most PS Vita games on a bigger TV screen.

Coupled with PlayStation Now, PlayStation TV will also be able to provide access to PlayStation 3 games, and later on games from other Sony consoles.

It also will provide access to video and music streaming services.

PlayStation TV has been available in Japan since last year.

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E3 2014: Mario Maker lets you create your own Super Mario Bros. levels

Written by James Delahunty @ 10 Jun 2014 19:12

E3 2014: Mario Maker lets you create your own Super Mario Bros. levels Mario Maker is coming to the Wii U console, and it lets you edit and play your own Super Mario Bros. levels easily.

At Nintendo's E3 press briefing it showed off gameplay footage of Mario Maker, displaying how easy it is to create complex environments and play them through.

The level editor shown looks like it will be a lot of fun to play with. You seem to be able to switch between "old" and newer graphics too.

Unfortunately this game doesn't come out until next year, however.

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E3 2014: DOOM teaser trailer released

Written by James Delahunty @ 10 Jun 2014 19:02

E3 2014: DOOM teaser trailer released Bethesda used E3 to release a teaser for the next DOOM game, which has been in development for some time now.

A beta had previously been announced as on the horizon for Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, but was light on details. This new trailer gives us a glimpse of the hellish environment we can expect in the next DOOM, along with enormous beasts with weapons.

That's as far as they are willing to do with details for now though, and we're told to wait until QuakeCon next month for more information.

Check out the trailer...

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E3 2014: White PS4 Destiny bundle coming September 9

Written by James Delahunty @ 10 Jun 2014 9:53

E3 2014: White PS4 Destiny bundle coming September 9 Sony will release a white PlayStation 4 bundle when Destiny is released on September 9 this year.

The bundle includes a 500GB white PS4, a white DualShock 4 controller, a copy of Destiny and a 30-day subscription vouncher to PlayStation Plus.

Sony didn't reveal how much the bundle would cost at its E3 press briefing yesterday though.



Check out the Destiny PS4 bundle announcement below...

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E3 2014: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End coming in 2015

Written by James Delahunty @ 10 Jun 2014 1:34

E3 2014: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End coming in 2015 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End has been confirmed for 2015, exclusively to PlayStation 4.

It was announced with a trailer at Sony's E3 press briefing today. It follows Nathan Drake, several years after his last adventure, back into the world of thieves.

Drake is travelling the world in pursuit of an historical conspiracy behind a fabled pirate treasure. His greatest adventure will test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately what he's willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves.

The Naught Dog-developed title won't be hracing your PS4 until 2015, but here's a trailer to give you something to look forward to.

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E3 2014: The Order: 1886 full trailer shown at E3

Written by James Delahunty @ 10 Jun 2014 0:35

E3 2014: The Order: 1886 full trailer shown at E3 Sony's E3 press briefing contained many treats, and a new trailer for The Order: 1886 was one of the sweetest.

The trailer showed quite a dark side of Sony's upcoming action adventure title. It is being developed by Ready at Dawn and SCE Santa Monica Studio for exclusive release on the PlayStation 4 (PS4) console.

It is set in an alternative history/reality in which there are half-human, half animal "half breeds" that are being fought off by humans. The humans, however, are in a losing struggle.

No worries, because with the discovery of a mystery liquid called Black Water which boosts longevity significantly, combined with a way-ahead-of-its-time industrial revolution, the tide begins to turn.

In 1886, with humans in control things start to get bad again as the humans fight among themselves too. Take a look at the trailer and see some of the action we can expect.

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E3 2014: Dead Island 2 trailer is full of laughs and obscene horror

Written by James Delahunty @ 10 Jun 2014 0:19

E3 2014: Dead Island 2 trailer is full of laughs and obscene horror Dead Island 2 has been officially announced at E3, and it comes with a very entertaining trailer for any zombie action fan.

The trailer isn't quite as wonderful as the original Dead Island trailer was, but it stand on its own merits. It follows a physique conscious jogger as he goes for a run in San Francisco while listening to music.

As music is pumping in his ears, the Zombie apocalypse is happening right behind him and he has absolutely no idea. For fans of zombie movies and games, the trailer is gruesome, bloody and awesome all in one.

Unfortunately for our poor jogger, he must have previously been infected because he transfers into a hideous zombie without breaking stride.. well until he is run over by a van and then has his trainers stolen.

The following Dead Island 2 trailer was shown at the Sony pre-E3 press briefing and confirmed for the PlayStation 4 so far.

I'm looking forward to this one. Let us hope it is better then Riptide.

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