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Alien: Isolation to include original sound recordings from the movie

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 6, 2014 5:39 am

Alien: Isolation is shaping up incredibly well so far, but the developer behind the game has something to brag about: it has access to the original sound recordings from the Ridley Scott directed 'Alien', and they have also worked with musicians who worked with Alien's composer, Jerry Goldsmith.

 

 

This doesn't mean that Alien: Isolation will have sounds just from the movie, there will also be original sound and music used. The sound engine itself will recognize when a player is hiding from the alien, making the sound more intense. The Creative Assembly seems to be creating the perfect storm of an Alien game, something that is needed after the mess that was Aliens: Colonial Marines.

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Blizzard sells 2.7 million copies of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 6, 2014 4:33 am

Blizzard launched the first expansion for Diablo III on March 25, where Reaper of Souls has now sold over 2.7 million copies online and with retailers across the world since it launched.

 

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Mike Morhaime, co-founder and CEO of Blizzard, talked about Reaper of Souls, where he said the developer wanted to make sure that the expansion pack included everything Diablo gamers have always loved about the series. This includes countless look, and its dark gothic setting. Reaper of Souls includes a new act that takes place in Westmarch, a new playable character known as The Crusader, updated loot rewards, increased level cap, all-new class skills and abilities, replayable content from Bounties and Nephalem Rifts, a new Adventure Mode and the all new Mystic Artisan.

bitcoin is slowly but surely going mainstream with consumers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 6, 2014 3:34 am

The bitcoin cryptocurrency has hit a few bumps in the road, but consumers now find it easier to make purchases and spend their bitcoins online. Silicon Valley startup companies are going beyond simply trying to mine and own bitcoins, and want to focus on apps and services for consumers to use.

 

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The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently ruled that bitcoins are property, not a real currency, while other countries are struggling how to deal with the digital currency.

 

"It's all about to change over the next 12 to 24 months," said Marshall Hayner, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur hoping to bank on bitcoin with a QuickCoin app. "We are going to see all kinds of people adopt it. It's going to power transactions on the Internet."

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One-third of phishing attacks aimed at financial institutions

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 6, 2014 2:30 am

One-third of all phishing attacks launched in 2013 targeted global financial institutions, and the attempts are getting even better, according to security company Kaspersky Lab.

 

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Customer information is a valuable commodity to cybercriminals, with the ability to steal identities, transfer money from accounts, and financially ruin victims. Cybercriminals enjoy using the brand names and logos of well-known companies, making it easier to lure users into clicking fraudulent links.

 

"Phishing attacks are so popular because they are simple to deploy and extremely effective," said Sergey Lozhkin, Kaspersky Lab Senior Security Researcher, in a press statement. "It is often not easy for even advanced Internet users to distinguish a well-designed fraudulent site from a legitimate page, which makes it even more important to install a specialized protection solution."

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North Korea names its space program 'NADA,' but this isn't April Fools

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 6, 2014 1:29 am

North Korea and its shiny new space program have an updated logo, which seems heavily influenced from the NASA logo, along with a rather amusing new acronym.

 

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The National Aerospace Development Administration (NADA), whose acronym spells out the Spanish word for "nothing," will not be used for weapons development, North Korea claims.

 

"The National Aerospace Development Administration is the country's central guidance institution organize all the space development projects," the country said in a press release. "Its mission is to put into practice the idea and principle of the DPRK government to develop the space [sic] for peaceful purpose."

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Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern says Edward Snowden is no traitor

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 5, 2014 10:42 pm

Former CIA intelligence analyst Ray McGovern believes Edward Snowden isn't a traitor to the United States, nor is he a hero.

 

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McGovern discussed how Snowden didn't appreciate a "clear violation of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution," which is one of the reasons the data disclosures were made public. Also, the former CIA analyst noted that National Intelligence Director James Clapper didn't face punishment for lying under oath in front of Congress.

 

"He's a patriot," McGovern recently said during a speech at Missouri Southern State University. "He took his oath seriously. He took the Constitution seriously."

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Music copyright holders sue Russian social networking site for piracy

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 5, 2014 9:20 pm

The top social media network in Russia is now being sued by Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music, with vKontakte accused of "deliberately facilitating piracy on a large scale."

 

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Each of the top three music labels filed individual suits against vKontakte, spearheaded by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). In 2012, the social media site made $172 million in advertising revenue, but didn't pay the IFPI for copyrighted music shared through the site.

 

vKontakte says it allows copyright holders to submit removal requests of any content that violates copyright rules, but IFPI officials noted the process is too cumbersome. Both the US government and copyright holders have believed vKontakte provides large-scale music piracy - originally launched in 2006, vKontakte has 143 million global users, and 88 million Russian members.

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Power plants, oil refineries face lingering security problems

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 5, 2014 7:40 pm

Security bugs in software could leave power plants, oil refineries, and similar infrastructure vulnerable to cyberattacks from foreign-based hackers, according to recent research.

 

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To make matters worse, around 7,600 plants worldwide have software that a cybercriminals with the "lowest skill in hacking" could still be successful. The Yokogawa Centum CS 3000, released in 1998 and designed for Microsoft Windows 98, while companies need to evaluate if they should make immediate software improvements.

 

"We went from zero to total compromise," said Juan Vazquez, security researcher with Rapid7, told BBC. "If you are able to exploit the vulnerabilities we have identified you get control of the Human Interface Station. That's where the operator sits or stand and monitors operation details. If you have control of that station as an attacker you have the same level of control as someone standing on the plant floor wearing a security badget."

ATM gives $37,000 to homeless man using cash advance feature 53 times

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 5, 2014 6:14 pm

A homeless man in Maine used his ATM card at a TD Bank branch to collect more than $37,000 in cash advances, receiving $700 separated into 53 transactions.

 

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Initially, the man had just $100 in his checking account, but the malfunctioning ATM allowed him to receive multiple cash advances before he was stopped by police.

 

"We got a call that he was sleeping in the [ATM] vestibule, and we had to move him along," said Lt. Todd Bernard, from the South Portland Police Department, in a statement to local media. "Then at around 5:30 a.m., we got another call that he was back there and taking an unusually long time at the ATM by a who was trying to use it. She thought it seemed suspicious."

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European companies boosting security to prevent NSA-type snooping

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 5, 2014 4:08 pm

European companies are responding to the NSA's spying activities by tightening control over data, boosting encryption, and promising to do a better job of protecting user rights.

 

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"For Israeli companies, the new rules may appear to be onerous, but there could be a great business opportunity for many of them in Europe as a result," said Patrick Van Eecke, legal expert specializing in cybersecurity, in a statement to Israeli media. "There are many companies around the world that specialize in collecting data, but they are not clear on the implications of Europe's new policies - and as a result, there is opportunity for companies from Israel, many of which do understand the policies."

 

In addition of concerns related to snooping, there are expectations of cyberattacks between national governments and splinter hacker groups. Growing global cyber threats allow countries to find yet another outlet to torment one another - Russia is reportedly launching cyberattacks to disrupt Ukrainian infrastructure, while Ukrainian hackers retaliated by hitting the Kremlin.

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