This time next year you could be the owner of one of TriForce's amazing looking Plasma Rifle replicas, the infamous Alien weapon from Microsoft's Halo series.
The company is taking pre-orders on two versions: "Brute red" and the standard purple/blue version. The normal version will set you back $600 total, with a $150 deposit, while the red version costs $650 total, with a deposit of $162.50. Both of the guns are full-sized replicas, measuring in at 24.5 inches long, 14 inches tall, and around 15-20 pounds.
TriForce will be making 500 copies of the standard edition, while 150 copies of the Brute red edition will be made.
To celebrate this week's release of 'Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series' on Blu-ray HD and DVD, we have ten copies of the complete season boxset to give away to readers, thanks to our friends at Village Roadshow Home Entertainment.
In this thrilling new series, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) encounter previously unimaginable wonders and horrors. The time travellers meet a fleet of Daleks as they attempt to rescue a stranded ship of human survivors, face ranks of Cybermen stalking Earth, go back in time and join Robin Hood in a fight with killer robots in Sherwood Forest, become outlaws when they break into the deadliest bank in the cosmos, face a Mummy on the Orient Express, discover a deadly horror dwelling on the Moon and meet the last man standing at the end of the universe.
To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply correctly answer the following question:
Name the Doctor's nemesis and creator of the Daleks
To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown dot com before the competition closes on November 20. The total prize pool is $849.50.
'Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series' is available on Blu-ray HD and DVD from Australian retailers on November 19th.
The US State Department is now the fourth US federal government agency to be attacked by organized hackers, with hackers targeting unclassified computer systems. The "activity of concern" did not impact any classified systems, and shows foreign state-sponsored cybercriminals are having success attacking the US federal government.
"This has impacted some of our unclassified email traffic and our access to public websites from our main unclassified system," according to a senior State Department official. The State Department tried to avoid saying it was compromised, and said routine "maintenance" would be carried out, but the Associated Press was able to verify it was a cyberattack.
In previous weeks, the National Weather Service, US Postal Service and White House have all been targeted - and likely originated from Russian-sponsored cyberattackers.
The adoption of virtual currencies, mainly bitcoin, has continued to expand in 2014 - with a growing number of businesses accepting bitcoin payments - but legitimate securities offerings showing greater interest in virtual currencies face cybersecurity problems.
In addition to currency volatility, which has scared some investors away, associated anonymity and growing risk of cyber theft from hackers is increasing.
"We are living in an age where traditional financial and investing relationships are being transformed rapidly and sometimes in confusing fashion by technology and innovation," said Glenn Moyer, Secretary of Banking and Securities. "It is especially important that investors fully understand where they are putting their money, and with whom they are investing it."
The bitcoin cryptocurrency is becoming more appealing for businesses looking to accept additional payment methods from customers. However, widespread adoption by consumers and financial investors remains unknown, as bitcoins have a high volatility mixed with problematic acceptance of state and federal regulators.
Even so, a growing number of bitcoin-focused startups and businesses indicate a growing legitimacy that cannot be simply overlooked. The current value of a single bitcoin is $391.74, a fraction of the all-time $1,130 value it reached in December 2013, but investors urge potential investors to not lose faith.
"In terms of purchasing bitcoin for investment, we need to remember that bitcoin is still early in its adoption cycle," said Trevor Murphy, CTO of the BitStash bitcoin storage solution company, in a statement to TweakTown. "So, a portion of the current price of bitcoin reflects the future value and potential of bitcoin, and as such that value can and will fluctuate with sentiment, regulatory changes, and investor demand."
The volatility of bitcoin might frighten some investors, but the growing addition of consumers and businesses willing to shop - and receive payment in bitcoins - will give investors a chance to invest in a potential Internet goldmine.
The Anonymous hacker collective has taken over control of the Ku Klux Klan, after the KKK and Anonymous engaged in a public war of words. The group began to release documents related to the names, dates of birth, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of KKK members in the Ferguson and St. Louis area of Missouri - as the region prepares for possibly violent protests related to the case against Ferguson officer Darren Wilson.
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Before Anonymous gained control of the account, tweets included the following statements: "Why are you trying to kill my freedom of speech @YourAnonCentral? I thought you Anons were all about free speech. Cowards!" and "We are continuing to read Anonymous threats with much amusement. Still no action taken. #Cowards #HoodsON"
The Dickson County Sheriff's Office was compromised by the Cryptowall ransomware, with IT staff forced into paying a $500 ransom to have files unlocked. A streaming radio station was being played by a staff member, when he or she accidentally clicked on an ad that had malicious code - and Cryptowall was installed.
"Every sort of document that you could develop in an investigation was in that folder. There was a total of 72,000 files," said Detective Jeff McCliss, Dickson County Sheriff's Office IT director. "Is it better to take a stand and lose all that information? Or make the payment grit your teeth and just do it? It made me sick to have to do that."
Ransomware continues to plague companies - especially if they don't have recently backed up data - as infection typically begins with a social engineering phishing email. Employees are the first line of defense, and are all too quick to begin clicking file attachments and suspicious links in emails.
A hacker accused of spreading malicious code in the Tor network likely is a state-sponsored hacker being funded by the Russian government, according to security companies. Leviathan Security indicated the hacker had control over a Tor exit node located in Russia, and was able to inject the OnionDuke malware.
Not surprisingly, MiniDuke appears to have traces back to the Russian government - one of the largest state sponsors of organized cyberattacks - typically looking to compromise governments and private companies in the United States, Eastern and Western Europe.
"We have also uncovered strong evidence suggesting that OnionDuke has been used in targeted attacks against European government agencies, although we have so far been unable to identify the infection vector(s)," according to F-Secure.
Kojima Productions confirmed the upcoming PC version of Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes will be locked at 60 frames per second, indicating it's not just console games with FPS caps. The game will support keyboard and mouse inputs, along with the UI displaying Xbox controller inputs, Kojima noted.
Kojima didn't share minimum or recommended PC requirements for the game yet, but 4K display resolution will be supported. The PC version of the game will be released on December 18, just in time for Christmas.
Ground Zeroes is already available on the Sony PlayStation 3, PS4, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Police authorities in Beijing have detained three suspects accused of creating the "WireLurker" malware targeting Apple iOS and OS X computers and mobile devices in China. The Chinese security firm Qihoo 360 Technology provided a tip that led to the arrest of three suspects, Chen, Wang and Li, and all three have been charged with the creation and distribution of WireLurker. It appears WireLurker was created to generate monetary profits for the organizers, which wouldn't be a surprising confirmation that cybercriminals are racking up large amounts of profits from cybercrimes.
Apple moved quickly to block the WireLurker malware from spreading any further, and recommended users only download apps from trusted sources.
It's ironic that China, believed to be one of the largest state sponsors of organized cyberattacks against the Western world, moved so quickly to arrest the creators of WireLurker - the malware victimized Chinese users only, and didn't have a widespread presence outside of the country.