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Teenager responsible for Sony and Microsoft hacks jailed

20 year-old Adam Mudd has been sentenced to two years in jail for creating a hacking program that was responsible for downing Sony and Microsoft’s networks. The Guardian reports that Mudd, who was 16 at the time, created a program called Titanium Stresser that was designed to shut down services …

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New Mirai botnet could make PSN and Xbox Live "sitting ducks" at Christmas

Security experts say that gaming networks, such as Xbox Live and PSN, will be high on the list of potential targets for the new generation of botnet attacks. That could spell disaster for the industry during one of its key gaming seasons, again. Igal Zeifman, security evangelist at Imperva said: …

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Overwatch servers down following potential Lizard Squad DDoS attack

Blizzard has once again come under attack from hacking group Lizard Squad. The collective appears to have DDoS’d the publisher’s servers for its new online shooter Overwatch. One member of Lizard Squad, AppleJ4ck has claimed alluded to being responsible for the outage (below). DDoS, or a Distributed Denial of Service, …

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Lizard Squad claims responsibility for Blizzard DDoS attack

Blizzard has suffered an attack on its servers that halted access to many of its games. Hacking group Lizard Squad has claimed credit for the attacks on social media, pre-empting the downtime with a Get Ready” message. It has also warned that further attacks are on the way, although Blizzard’s …

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Lizard Squad member pleads guilty to 23 charges

A 17-year-old member of hacker group Lizard Squad has pleaded guilty to 23 charges, including swatting. This is as reported by local Canadian news publication Tri-city News – and spotted by Ars Technica. The teenager can’t be identified because of his age, but has admitted to crimes including extortion, public …

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Curse Voice aims to prevent DDOS, swatting attacks

Online video game portal and software company Curse has announced Curse Voice – an alternative VoIP option claiming to offer protection from online gaming risks” such as DDOS attacks and swattings. Speaking with Polygon, Curse CTO Michael Comperda explained how a solution like Curse Voice has become a necessity for …

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GitHub downed by DDoS attack

GitHub is one of several major firms that has been the victim of cyber attacks over the last few days. We are currently experience the largest DDoS [distributed denial of service] attack in GitHub’s history,” wrote the firm’s systems engineer Jesse Newland in anofficial blog post."Based on reports we’ve received, …

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PSN Christmas apology discounts roll out this week

A ten per cent discount will be available to PSN users this weekend as par of Sony’s apology for the service’s Christmas outage. Kicking off at 9:00am this Friday (January 23rd) and running until 9:00am the following Monday (January 26th), PSN users will be able to use a promotional code …

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Teenager arrested over PSN and Xbox Live DDoS attacks

A teenager from Merseyside has been arrested in connection to DDoS attacks on PSN and Xbox Live. Sky News reports that a joint operation between the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU)and the FBI led to the arrest on suspicion of unauthorised access to computer material and making threats …

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WoW: Warlords of Draenor suffers DDoS attack as servers struggle with demand

What’s that, an online game is suffering technical problems? No way! Hot on the heels of troubled online launches such as Driveclub and Halo: Master Chief Collection (and offline launches such as Assassin’s Creed: Unity), Blizzard’s World of Warcraft expansion Warlords of Draenor has become the latest title suffering some …

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