America’s Radio News Network – March 29

Every Thursday, I join Chris Salcedo and Lori Lundin on the mid-day edition of America’s Radio News Network to discuss trends and news in the technology and video game space. Today’s topics were the latest Apple TV rumors, Harry Potter eBooks and a look at the staggering number of hacker attacks in 2011.

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LulzSec leader turns informant, feds arrest key hackers

Hacker group LulzSec, whose reign of online terror last summer compromised companies ranging from Sony Pictures to Bethesda Softworks, has been dismantled by federal officials, with the group’s leader apparently acting as an informant.

The U.S. Attorney’s office on Tuesday announced it had charged five people with computer hacking and other crimes. Hector Xavier Monsegur, better known as LulzSec leader “Sabu,” had pled guilty to those crimes.

Read more at Yahoo! Games

LulzSec hackers face federal charges

LulzSec, the hacker group that focused its attacks on entertainment studios during the summer of 2011 before vanishing as quickly as it appeared, has been caught.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that it had charged five people with computer hacking and other crimes, and that a sixth — Hector Xavier Monsegur, better known as alleged LulzSec leader “Sabu” — had pled guilty to those charges.

Read more at Daily Variety

Anonymous targeting Sony again

Anonymous, the hacker group behind a rash of massive security breaches, might be turning its attention back to Sony.

In the fading days of 2011, the loosely collected group released a YouTube video expressing its outrage at Sony’s support of SOPA, a controversial piece of legislation aiming to curtail online piracy. That’s got some people concerned, since the last time Sony and Anonymous clashed, it opened the doors for the largest data breach in online history.

Read more at Yahoo! Games

Are Rising Corporate Cyber Attacks a Conspiracy?

The hacker world has been a busy one lately.

The blend of high-profile cyber intrusions and denial of service attacks, mixed with vague anonymous threats delivered by mechanized voices and curiously timed offline periods for major corporations, have prompted some conspiracy theorists to wonder — Is there a hacker movement underway to undermine big business and/or the economy?

Read more at CNBC.com

FBI arrests 16 in hacker crackdown

‘Anonymous’ may not be quite as anonymous as they believed.

The FBI has arrested 16 people as part of a crackdown on the Internet’s best-known hacker group. These come on top of five arrests by British and Dutch police yesterday, which were part of a coordinated effort.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog

Interview: Sony’s Tretton Addresses Hackers, Downplays iPhone Threat

[In this interview with Gamasutra editor at large Chris Morris, SCEA CEO Jack Tretton talks candidly about April’s PSN security breach and outage, and how low-priced mobile titles aren’t necessarily “training people to pay $5 for games.”]

While Sony would probably argue otherwise, the rest of the world tends to agree that the company’s public handling of April’s data intrusion was a textbook example of PR fumbling. After waiting what many consider to be too long to address the problem, the company finally apologized, but the sentiment seemed rehearsed — and less than sincere to many.

But when Jack Tretton stepped on stage at this year’s pre-E3 press conference and addressed the issue for the first time, he did so without a script or teleprompter, choosing instead to speak from the heart.

Read more at Gamasutra

Hackers vs. Gamers

Given how fierce the console wars can get – and how loyal some users are to one brand – it’s not surprising there was a little bit of schadenfreude when Sony announced it had been hacked and shut down the PlayStation Network in April.

As the sophistication and extent of that data breach came to light, though, feelings began to change fast. If a company as big as Sony could be caught unaware by an attack this big, was Microsoft really any more prepared?

Read more in the August edition of Official Xbox Magazine

Add Sega to the hacker list – and make another check mark next to Sony

Hackers continue to run amok in the entertainment world.

Sega is the latest game company to be hit, following in the steps of Nintendo, Bethesda, Sony and more. Meanwhile, another group claims to have breached Sony Pictures – this time in France.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog