Kristoffer Von Hassel from San Diego’s Ocean Beach neighborhood is the wunderkind who discovered a security loophole on the Xbox One.
Valve’s Steam, EA’s Origin, and Blizzard’s Battle.net were the target of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks Thursday night, which overloaded servers and took the sites offline. All three have adjusted their firewalls and are back online at this point.
Matt Weaver, a junior at the school, ran for president last year. And to ensure his victory, he rigged the campus election by stealing passwords from roughly 750 students to cast votes for himself. Earlier this week, that stunt earned him a year in prison.
Blizzard Entertainment has issued a warning to World of Warcraft players, noting that the number of unauthorized logins has been on the rise recently, a sign that hackers are targeting player accounts and stealing their in-game gold.
Those long buried copies of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the infamous Atari 2600 game that many believe contributed to the great North American video game industry crash of 1983, might be worth digging up thanks to a hacker who has seemingly fixed its biggest bugs.
Well, technically, it’s looking for a few good hackers of its own — but it’s using games to find them.
For years, hackers didn’t pay much attention to the websites and databases of entertainment companies, but since the intrusion into Sony’s PlayStation Network last May, it has been open season. Cyber criminals have targeted Sony Pictures, “World of Warcraft” publisher Blizzard Software and several other entertainment companies.
The stolen data is worth cash. How much depends on what thieves are able to compile.
Online thieves and mischief-makers have reportedly released details for two million accounts online, with players of World of Tanks seemingly most at risk.
Mike Morhaime, president of the company behind titles such as World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III, announced the breach of the company’s Battle.net servers in a note to users late Thursday afternoon, urging them to change their passwords.
The U.S. government has hired a white hat hacker collective to dig through used video game systems in an effort to track down bad guys.