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1:21 PM on 08.15.2012

Anonymous claims to have hacked PSN again (Update)

[Update: Adding to the arguments that some Anonymous scamp is pulling a fast one, the uploaded list of PSN secrets is apparently a list of random details first posted on March 29. Still waiting for word from Sony. Update #2: ...

Jim Sterling





6:30 PM on 08.09.2012

Angry Birds USB controller designed for student project

Check out this physical controller designed by students at Copenhagen Institute of Interactive Design for use with Angry Birds. As you can see, it tilts, pulls, fires and totally belongs in my house. Setting aside for the mo...

Conrad Zimmerman



Ubisoft's Uplay DRM poses security risk (Update) photo
Ubisoft's Uplay DRM poses security risk (Update)
by Jim Sterling

[Update: Ubisoft has publicly acknowledged the security flaw, and has issued a patch for all affected games. The patch will be a forced game update, and it's recommended to be run with your browsers closed. A new version of the Uplay installer is also available on its official site.

Ubisoft is yet to actually apologize for putting its customers at risk.] 

In today's episode of "Publisher's hurting consumers in order to help themselves," Ubisoft may have put gamers at serious risk with its Uplay DRM service. According to programmer Tavis Ormandy, major Ubisoft titles have a backdoor that can be used by malicious websites to take control of your PC. 

Uplay installs a browser plugin -- without warning the user -- which sites can exploit to gain access to your machine. It's highly recommended that anybody who has downloaded an Ubisoft game locate this plugin and delete it. It's commonly believed that this will eliminate the risk to the user. Search in your browser's add-ons/plugins section for "Uplay" and delete that sucker. It was initially believed to be a rootkit, but that is not the case. 

A list of games with the issue can be found below (courtesy of Rock, Paper, Shotgun), though personally it'll be a cold day in Hell before I let Ubisoft's games on my computer. Not just for this -- I'm frankly sick of that publisher's attitude toward the PC market. I think it's easier if we all just pretended it was a console-exclusive publisher. 

Meanwhile, of course, anybody who pirated these games ought to be playing risk-free, unpunished for they did not commit the crime of being a customer. Good going, Ubisoft! There are words that would have to be invented in order for me to adequately vocalize my disgust.

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1:30 PM on 07.18.2012

Xbox Live improves security, urges password updates

Xbox Live has been tightening its security recently, with general manager Alex Garden detailing a range of improvements made to the service in order to protect we would-be victims. He has also suggested that all XBL users upd...

Jim Sterling

11:00 AM on 07.06.2012

WOAH! Left 4 Dead running on a PlayStation Vita

Through magic, hacking, and ungodly trickery you can see Valve's Left 4 Dead running on a PS Vita. Well, kinda. One YouTube user, digitalarts001, has tweaked the PlayStation Suite to let him control Left 4 Dead running a PC ...

Dale North



The Mega Man 4 ROM hack to end all ROM hacks photo
The Mega Man 4 ROM hack to end all ROM hacks
by Tony Ponce

When you hear the phrase "ROM hack," two thoughts may flitter across your mind. One, somebody took an old game from a legacy console and slightly altered the color palette or sprites to make it look like, for instance, all the boxers in Punch-Out!! are bare-ass. Or two, the level layouts have been altered to the point that no mere mortal could hope beat the game and keep their sanity in check. The former is the kind of stuff hacking newbies pull to get a few shock laughs, while the latter results in a project that is more frustrating than entertaining.

While the majority of hacks aren't worth your time, there are a few gems that rival what major developers could have conceived. Further still, there are hacks so elaborate that it's nearly impossible to recognize the source game at the heart of it all. PureSabe's Rockman 4 Minus Infinity is one such hack, being less of a remix of Mega Man 4 and more of a total evolution of the Mega Man formula.

I first saw clips of MI late last year, and though my interest was piqued, I couldn't find much else. Last week, The Mega Man Network discovered that the hack, which had been in development for at least three to four years, was finished. Technically, it's on version 0.01, but aside from some potential tweaks down the line, it's in a fully playable state. But before you make your decisions on whether to check this out, please watch a these gameplay videos. Believe me, you're body is soooooo not ready!

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12:00 PM on 06.11.2012

League of Legends EU servers hacked

If you play League of Legends in the EU (EU West and EU Nordic & East databases), be prepared to start changing some of your account information (both in LoL and everywhere else you use the same info). It seems as if Riot...

Chris Carter

10:30 AM on 06.11.2012

Blizzard: You will need an authenticator to use the RMAH

Blizzard is gearing up for their final (well, hopefully final) launch of Diablo III's Real Money Auction House (RMAH), that utilizes real currency in exchange for sweet, sweet pixels. It seems as if Blizzard has updated the t...

Chris Carter

3:30 PM on 05.21.2012

Diablo III allegedly hacked as gold and items get stolen

Diablo III has allegedly been hacked, with gold and items stolen from users. This is according to multiple reports around the Web from those claiming to be victims. One such victim is Eurogamer's Christian Donlan, whose accou...

Jim Sterling

6:00 PM on 04.29.2012

Some folks spent 5 years remaking Pokemon Crystal for GBA

Biggest question: why would anyone want to play a remake of Pokémon Crystal on the Game Boy Advance when HeartGold and SoulSilver already exist on the DS? A lot of reasons, it would seem. Pokémon Liquid Crystal...

Tony Ponce

4:00 AM on 04.26.2012

Cryptic discovers a security breach over a year old

Cryptic Studios informed Champions Online and Star Trek Online customers of a security breach today. Although Cryptic only just became aware of the breach, it actually happened in December 2010. Usernames, handles and encrypt...

Fraser Brown

9:30 AM on 04.18.2012

PSP games return to PSN after Vita exploit patch

Did anyone notice that PSP titles MotorStorm Artic Edge and Everybody's Tennis disappeared from the PlayStation Store? They went away for a short time after it was discovered that they could be used to run unsigned code on th...

Dale North





8:00 AM on 02.23.2012

Taco Bell fails to deliver on Vita contest, blames hacker

Taco Bell recently held a giveaway for a PlayStation Vita, but upset its dogshit-loving customers by failing to make good on an alarming number of winning entries. The "food" company admits that "dozens" of customers were dis...

Jim Sterling

6:30 PM on 02.10.2012

Valve gives an update on last year's Steam intrusion

Valve's Gabe Newell has issued another letter to all Steam users, but if you're like me, you don't leave the program running constantly so that some work can get done. This is a follow-up to the company finding out that intru...

Jordan Devore

7:30 PM on 02.01.2012

Take a chance with this Russian roulette Kinect hack

In The Gunstringer for Kinect, players got to point their fingers at the TV and go "pew pew pew!" Know what was missing? The ability to point the fake gun at your own head and pull the trigger. Don't know why that feature wa...

Tony Ponce

11:30 AM on 01.23.2012

PS3 hack allows Vita to run Batman: Arkham Asylum, others

People are already doing hacking that involves the PS Vita, but the hacking is taking place on a PS3. Apparently PS3 firmware 3.55 sees the Vita as a mobile phone, and that somehow allows the portable to play games via its R...

Dale North