Posts Tagged ‘hacking’

Freeware Garden: I Know This

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 20th, 2015.

The image of the frantically typing hacker whose fingers dance on the keyboard and make digital magic happen is a ’90s cyberpunk and tech thriller mainstay. It’s also here to stay, though in 2015 Global Game Jam Entry I Know This it’s you in the shoes of the protagonist.

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Getting Better At Hearthstone With Computers

By Ben Barrett on September 4th, 2014.

Dr. Elie Bursztein is a computer security expert employed at Google who, for the past few months of his free time, has been focused on Blizzard’s card game Hearthstone. He and his wife Celine used math and machine learning to understand more about the game, detailing their results in blog posts. They started out wanting to identify cards that were “undervalued”–where you got the most power for your mana–using an algorithm. Separately, they began analysing games and decklists to build a model to predict what cards would be played by opponents based on what had already happened. It ended up pretty dang accurate all right.

He gave a talk about all this at the DEF CON 22 hacking conference last month, and now it’s online for us to watch.

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Hack ‘N’ Slash’s Early Access Trailer Is Just The Greatest

By Nathan Grayson on April 12th, 2014.

Just watch.

Double Fine’s Hack ‘N’ Slash piqued my curiosity when I saw (and video-ed) its ultra-clever hacking antics last month, and soon it will give you the keys to its sparkling kingdom of 1s and 0s. Since it’s a videogame, that of course means a trailer is in order, lest people just stand in place, slack-jawed, like racers who’ve yet to hear a starting gun. In the modern gaming world, we are lost without trailers. They tell us where to go, what to buy, how to live. It’s a chilling thought, but look! A funny video on the Internet and huh what was I even talking about again?

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By John Walker on February 13th, 2014.

I really don’t understand why there aren’t more hacking games. Uplink was brilliant, but it was 350 years ago now. So why aren’t we inundated with hacking simulators that will let us feel like super-cool hax0rz while we sit in our pants at the PC? Disrupt is offering such pant-sitting opportunities, as is demonstrated in the trailer below.

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And This Week’s Hacking Victim Is… League Of Legends

By Nathan Grayson on August 21st, 2013.

OK everyone, ready? Now breathe deep – fill your lungs with the thick, muggy air of anger surrounding your person – and siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh. Another week, another popular game got hacked. This time, it’s MOBA-kinda’s favorite largely benevolent emperor, League of Legends. You know the drill: change your various passwords and pay very close attention to your credit cards. The latter goes double here, because Riot’s confirmed that the hackers managed to make off with some old, thankfully encrypted credit card info. Better safe than sorry.

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Blizzard Deems Authenticator Lawsuit ‘Frivolous’

By Nathan Grayson on November 13th, 2012.

Well, that didn’t take long. Hackers sneaked past Blizzard’s hyper-sophisticated security system – presumably by cinematically lowering themselves from a cyber-ceiling to avoid all the e-lasers – and people weren’t too terribly happy about that. Unsurprisingly, a couple of them decided to sue. Unsurprisingly-er, Blizzard’s replied not by groveling and begging for heartfelt forgiveness, but instead by whipping out its fightin’ words pistols and shooting down the whole thing.

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Blizzard Sued Over Security Concerns, Authenticators

By Nathan Grayson on November 10th, 2012.

But what they're failing to understand is that the super rad Diablo decal is totally worth the extra money.

I suppose it had to happen eventually. Blizzard‘s done a rather miraculous job of keeping hackers at bay for quite some time, but this year saw a few too many blemishes muddy its track record. So naturally, it’s lawsuit time. Specifically, the two plaintiffs target a May admission of an increase in account compromises on Blizzard’s part and August’s rather messy breach. Then they take aim at what they believe to be the all-too-achey-breaky heart of the matter: authenticators.

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Sigh: SEGA Join The Legion Of The Hacked

By Alec Meer on June 17th, 2011.

See what I did there
UPDATE: Added SEGA’s official word on this below.

And yet it goes on. We might as well just have a ticker tape at the top of the site saying who’s been hacked, it’ll be quicker than posting every time… Latest game firm to suffer a security breach/attack is SEGA. It’s not just a DDoS this time though – their online gaming service SEGA Pass has been broken into, and details made off with. “We have identified that a subset of SEGA Pass members’ emails addresses, dates of birth and encrypted passwords were obtained. To stress, none of the passwords obtained were stored in plain text,” says the publisher. SEGA Pass seems to involve plenty of PC games, including stuff like registering for info on Total War and stuff like that, so it’s more than possible you’ve signed up at some point without entirely realising.

Lulzsec have claimed they’re not responsible for this one, which raises the alarming idea that there’s more than one group of people up to this kind of thing. SEGA have automatically reset everyone’s password already and taken the service offline for the time being, but if you’d signed up for one or some of their sites/games with login details you use for other stuff, you’d better go change everything. Again. You know the drill by now, right?
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