11 million passwords leaked from online gaming platform

h-Online: A file with 11 million password hashes belonging to users of the online games platform Gamigo has been circulated on the internet. According to an analysis by ZDNet, 8.2 million different email addresses are also part of the 478MB file. Around 3 million of these belong to users from the US, 2.4 million are German addresses and 1.3 million are supposed to originate in France. The list also includes corporate email addresses from companies such as IBM, Siemens, Deutsche Bank and the German insurance company Allianz....

July 24, 2012 路 2 min 路 323 words 路 Omid Farhang

Call of Duty hacker jailed after meatspace burglary

theregister.co.uk wrote: A Brit who distributed a Trojan horse that posed as a patch for popular shoot-em-up game_Call of Duty_ has been jailed for 18 months. Lewys Martin, 20, of Deal in Kent, used the malware to harvest bank login credentials, credit card details and internet passwords from the compromised Windows PCs of his victims. Martin then apparently laundered the credentials via underground cybercrime forums, earning $5 or less for every credential, directing proceeds of his criminal activity towards an offshore account in Costa Rica, funds which remain beyond the reach of UK police....

May 19, 2012 路 2 min 路 328 words 路 Omid Farhang

Call of Duty: MW3 To Use Steamworks

rockpapershotgun.com: This just came in from Valve: 鈥淭he PC version of the product will be powered with Steamworks for both the digital and tangible versions of the game and, as with all Steamworks titles, offline play will also be supported along with Auto-Updating, Achievements, and more. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will also support dedicated servers on day 1.鈥 Better, I suppose. The game is out November 8th.

September 1, 2011 路 1 min 路 69 words 路 Omid Farhang

Prince of Persia Comes to iPhone, Retro-Style

Right now, the words 鈥淧rince of Persia鈥 probably make you think of muscular Jake Gyllenhaal jumping from building to building. The video game the movie is based on, however, is a remake of an ancient platform-style game with the same name, released for Apple II and later ported to PC and other platforms. The original game now seems to be coming to the iPhone under the title Prince of Persia Retro....

May 19, 2010 路 1 min 路 159 words 路 Omid Farhang

Microsoft鈥檚 Project Natal to Launch in October

Microsoft鈥檚 upcoming Project Natal is a full-body motion controller, promising an incredibly immersive gaming experience and biting into the market first tapped by Nintendo Wii, back in 2006. Now, Project Natal was all but confirmed for October launch by Microsoft Saudi marketing manager Syed Bilal Tariq in an interview with GamertagRadio. 鈥淚t is going to be somewhere in October. We will be in a position to confirm the date at E3, which is in June, but definitely it is going to be October 2010,鈥 he said....

May 11, 2010 路 1 min 路 130 words 路 Omid Farhang

Second Life Users File Class Action Lawsuit Over Virtual Land

A group of Second Life users is suing Second Life鈥檚 creator over a virtual land dispute. They say their contractual property ownership rights have been changed and that this alteration of the terms of service constitutes fraud and violates California consumer protection laws. Before you scoff too much at this seemingly ludicrous lawsuit, remember that virtual worlds aren鈥檛 just 鈥渇unny money鈥 and avatars. They鈥檙e serious business, both for the owners and investors who profit from them and for the users who pump hundreds and even thousands of dollars each into creating characters and interacting online....

May 3, 2010 路 2 min 路 366 words 路 Omid Farhang

Microsoft Asked to Make a Federal Budget Video Game

The Obama administration鈥檚 Bowles-Simpson fiscal commission has been working with Microsoft鈥檚 Steve Ballmer to make a computer game about managing the United States federal budget and deficit, USA Today reports. President Obama appointed Erskine Bowles and Alan K. Simpson to lead an 18-person, bi-partisan commission to generate ideas for dealing with the nation鈥檚 rising deficit and other fiscal challenges. The game is just a footnote amid the commission鈥檚 broader objectives, of course, but it鈥檚 actually not a bad idea....

April 17, 2010 路 2 min 路 237 words 路 Omid Farhang

Trojanised Mobile Phone Game Makes Expensive Phone Calls

We have received reports of a malicious Windows Mobile game that creates significant phone bills to affected users. The game in question is called 3D Anti-terrorist action, and it鈥檚 manufactured by Beijing Huike Technology in China. The game itself is a 3D first-person shooter. Apparently some Russian malware author took the game and trojanized it. Then he uploaded the trojanized version to several Windows Mobile freeware download sites. Quite quickly people started reporting that the phone was making expensive calls on it鈥檚 own....

April 9, 2010 路 1 min 路 157 words 路 Omid Farhang

Apple's Game Center will catapult iPhone into video gaming big leagues

Today, Apple unveiled a major update to the iPhone OS which is expected to reach iPhone 3G/3GS and 2nd/3rd gen iPod users sometime this summer, and iPad users in the fall. While the banner feature of this release is its multitasking capability, the announcement that Apple will open a web-based gaming network akin to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network has potential to be the biggest coup. Game Center lets users invite friends to play games, start multiplayer games through matchmaking, track achievements, and compare their high scores on a Web-based game network....

April 9, 2010 路 2 min 路 291 words 路 Omid Farhang

FakeAV Gang Targets Farmville 鈥 #1 Facebook Game

Farmville has been launch in June 2009 and after month it has been rated at #8 in Top 25 Facebook Games. Farmville has become the most popular games on Facebook. It has been rank at #1 Facebook Game on August 2009 up until now. Farmville users can鈥檛 get enough of farming. They make impressive hay bales art farm just like the Image below. Fake AV gang launches its attack to the Farmville users by poisoning Yahoo and Google search results using the following keywords (see Image 1):...

April 7, 2010 路 1 min 路 183 words 路 Omid Farhang