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+ - PSN User Reporting Fraudulent Use Of Debit Card-> 5

Submitted by _0xd0ad
_0xd0ad (1974778) writes "Yesterday's story about the ongoing PSN outage ended with this ominous revelation: "An 'unauthorized person' has PSN users' 'name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID.' Billing address, password questions, and credit card info may also have been taken."

Now it appears that their worst fears may have been true. At least one PSN user has reported fraudulent charges being made to their debit card since the data leakage occurred. At this point it would probably be wise to immediately cancel any debit cards that you've used to make purchases on the PSN and to check your credit card activity frequently and report any unauthorized charges."

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Sony

+ - Sony PlayStation Network Breached, 77 Million User->

Submitted by Runaway1956
Runaway1956 (1322357) writes "Sony is warning its millions of PlayStation Network users to watch out for identity-theft scams after hackers breached its security and plundered the user names, passwords, addresses, birth dates, and other information used to register accounts. Sony’s stunning admission came six days after the PlayStation Network was taken down following what the company described as an “external intrusion”.

The stolen information may also include payment-card data, purchase history, billing addresses, and security answers used to change passwords, Sony said on Tuesday. The company plans to keep the hacked system offline for the time being, and to restore services gradually. The advisory also applies to users of Sony’s related Qriocity network.

In short, Sony has been pwned — AGAIN!"

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Security

+ - Attacked By Anonymous, HBGary Pulls Out of RSA->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "HBGary Federal cancelled a talk the company's CEO Aaron Barr was planning to give at the BSides San Francisco conference on his investigation of WikiLeaks. 'I was receiving death threats,' Barr said in an interview Tuesday. 'There was lots of talk that was being made of in the Anonymous IRC channels of harassing us at our booth and sending people to heckle [HBGary speakers at the conference].' The company has also decided to pull its booth from the RSA Conference floor after it was vandalized on Sunday, said Jim Butterworth, HBGary's vice president of services. 'We... came back the next morning and it was very apparent that the group responsible for the activities in the news had decided to make another statement,' he said."
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Comment: Re:As a geek, I don't get it (Score 1) 392

by ILoveCrack83 (#34955764) Attached to: J.J. Abrams Promises 'Fringe' Will Die Fighting
Seriously? When they started with this alternate universe crap that was exactly the point where they lost me. Only reason for watching is Dr. Walter Bishop performed by an excellent John Noble. Don't get me wrong: I don't want to discard any multiverse theories, but Fringe just doesn't sell it. It seemed more like a spontaneous plot twist, rather than a story that was already heading that direction.
Encryption

Why Sony Cannot Stop PS3 Pirates 378

Posted by Soulskill
from the of-pots-and-kettles dept.
Sam writes "A former Ubisoft exec believes that Sony will not be able to combat piracy on the PlayStation 3, which was recently hacked. Martin Walfisz, former CEO of Ubisoft subsidiary Ubisoft Massive, was a key player in developing Ubisoft's new DRM technologies. Since playing pirated games doesn't require a modchip, his argument is that Sony won't be able to easily detect hacked consoles. Sony's only possible solution is to revise the PS3 hardware itself, which would be a very costly process. Changing the hardware could possibly work for new console sales, though there would be the problem of backwards compatibility with the already-released games. Furthermore, current users would still be able to run pirated copies on current hardware." An anonymous reader adds commentary from PS3 hacker Mathieu Hervais about Sony's legal posturing.
Hardware Hacking

Combining Two Kinects To Make Better 3D Video 106

Posted by Soulskill
from the this-is-what-happens-when-yo dept.
suraj.sun sends this quote from Engadget about improving the Kinect 3D video recordings we discussed recently: "[Oliver Kreylos is] blowing minds and demonstrating that two Kinects can be paired and their output meshed — one basically filling in the gaps of the other. He found that the two do create some interference, the dotted IR pattern of one causing some holes and blotches in the other, but when the two are combined they basically help each other out and the results are quite impressive."

You can't take damsel here now.

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