Sony Pictures was having a decent year until the crippling cyberattack that made the company's operations go sideways to end the year. To help keep things operating, Sony embraced its old stash of BlackBerry smartphones to support day-to-day operations moving ahead. It's possible, following the breach, some executives will begin embracing BlackBerry smartphones because of the enhanced security protocols.
Despite losing steam among consumers - and in the business workplace - BlackBerry smartphones still rely on a secure infrastructure, making it a popular device for government employees, even with the domination of Apple iPhone and Google Android devices.
"CEO Michael Lynton routinely received copies of his passwords in unsecure emails for his family and his family's mail, banking, travel, and shopping accounts," according to the Associated Press. "Experts say such haphazard practices are common across corporate America." Using a BlackBerry device, however, could help alleviate some of the poor cybersecurity practices suffered by many company executives.
After some Origin users reported fraudulent activity on their accounts, Electronic Arts launched an investigation to try to determine if a data breach occurred. The DerpTrolling hacker group said they compromised up to 1.7 million Origin accounts and passwords, which is why some users could be reporting unauthorized game purchases.
On gaming forums and Twitter, users are reporting Origin receipts in German and Russian appearing in their email inbox - it would seem likely that this isn't a direct breach of Origin's network, and the fraudsters accessed the stolen information posted online by DerpTrolling.
"We found no indication at this point of a breach of our Origin account database," an EA spokesperson told PCGamer. "Privacy and security of user account information are of the utmost importance to use. We encourage our players to use Origin user ID and passwords that are unique to their account, and to report any activity they feel may be unauthorized to EA customer support at help.ea.com."
The FBI believes North Korea played a major role in the breach of Sony Pictures, while the reclusive North Korean government not surprisingly denied any involvement. The Norse cybersecurity firm spoke with the FBI at the start of the week, and believe a piracy group and disgruntled insiders, at least one laid-off Sony Pictures employee, were more likely the cause of the data breach.
"We are very confident that this was not an attack master-minded by North Korea and that insiders were key to the implementation of one of the most devastating attacks in history," said Kurt Stammberger, Norse senior vice president, in a statement to CBS News.
In a statement meant to Reuters, the FBI offered the following statement: "The FBI has concluded the government of North Korea is responsible for the theft and destruction of data on the network of Sony Pictures Entertainment."
ADATA has just announced its new Gold Edition XPG Z1 DDR4 overclocking RAM, which comes in four speeds; 3000/3200/3300/3333MHz. The new memory is perfect for your Haswell-E build, as it will provide some of the best DDR4 RAM for your system, period.
ADATA has decreased the operating voltage of its XPG Z1 RAM from 1.5V to 1.35V, with that 10% reduction in power providing lower temperatures for more stable operation at higher speeds. Even at 3333MHz, the CL16-16-16 timings and a transfer bandwidth of 26.6GB/sec, you can be assured, you're getting some seriously fast RAM with the ADATA kit.
The company has splashed its jet wing-inspired design with a race car carbon texture that ADATA says "embodies the pursuit of extreme performance." The XPG Z1 chips are cooled by its unique Thermal Conductive Technology and 10-layer PCBs with 2oz of pure copper, which has the chips on the XPG Z1 enjoying direct contact with the heat sinks. This means that the IC and PCB "operate at an evenly distributed temperature."
CES 2015: CES is just a week away and we all know what that means, consumer electronics and computer hardware announcements daily. One product we expect to hear about we've already tracked down thanks to someone administering one of Plextor's websites.
This was our initial lead of a new half height, half length (HHHL) PCIe SSD coming from Plextor soon. At first we weren't too sure what it means other than an unannounced 'M6e BK' model coming soon. Like the Nissan Skyline and amazing Mercedes AMG automobiles, Plextor is prepping a Black Edition of the M6e PCIe SSD released in 2014.
Most people probably didn't even know that Panasonic had its own digital comic, but here you go: the company has just released the second issue of its "Unbreakable Valor" limited edition comic book series. The series features the Panasonic Touchpad rugged tablets, of course.
You can grab the comic here, which continues the adventure of the League of Valor, an "organization of heroes who rely on Panasonic enterprise technology solutions, and their IT specialist Kevin Massing." The second issue of the comic features Panasonic's Windows-powered MIL-STD-810G tablet, the Toughpad FZ-G1 rugged tablet.
CES 2015: CES 2015 is just days away, so Lian Li has sent out an e-mail blast telling the world it will be showcasing its new open-air chassis, the O-Series, at the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 in Las Vegas.
If you haven't seen the new Lian Li O-Series open-air chassis, there are a few different models to check out. We have the PC-05, PC-05S, PC-06S and PC-07S, with the company taking feedback in from the DIY community when it began constructing these new designs. All of which feature tempered glass windows, a PCI riser card, and "sleek and alum aluminum construction".
We will be on-hand with these Lian Li cases at CES 2015, so prepare for some coverage from us here at TweakTown next week.
The Interview has only been available through Google Play and YouTube for around a week now, but the movie has quickly become the top selling movie of 2014 for both sites.
During a talk with Bloomberg, a Google spokesperson spilled the beans, but nothing specific on the sales numbers of the Sony flick. Sony has said that the movie has made over $15 million online, but now that it's also on Apple's iTunes service, we should expect those numbers to rise. The James Franco and Seth Rogen comedy is also on Microsoft's Xbox Video, and Sony's own dedicated site - which hasn't been hacked, yet.
Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley confirmed on Twitter today that the beta for PlanetSide 2 will be splashing down on the PlayStation 4 in January.
Smedley wrote that the PS4 beta will be going live on "either the week of the 13th or 20th" but more confirmed dates will be available on January 5 when the development team is back to work.
When Syfy's 12 Monkeys TV show premieres next month, you might want to get yourself some of those cool Philips Hue light bulbs to get into the mood.
If you do have the Hue lightning system, you can download the Syfy Sync app, and sync your Hue lights to the episodes of 12 Monkeys, where the lighting will change at specific moments in the show. This isn't new for Syfy, as they did it with Sharknado 2, too. The app gets connected to your Hue bridge, and listens to your current playing program. Once it hits a particular moment in the show, such as extreme weather or violence, Syfy SYnc will change the color and intensity of the Hue lights.
12 Monkeys airs on Syfy in the US on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 9PM ET.