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Expedition, the first DLC for Titanfall drops in May

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 13, 2014 9:57 am

Titanfall is still fresh in most gamers' minds, but the first DLC pack is getting prepped and ready to be deployed. Expedition is coming in May, with the fresh DLC's story taking place after the multiplayer campaign.

 

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Expedition will feature a map called "Swampland" which will be set in the ruins of "archaic alien technology" which will provide copious amounts of trees for wall running. A second map dubbed "Runoff" will include water play. The third map, "War Games" is based from Titanfall's training simulator. Respawn is also looking at removing the HUD for video capture, something that the fans have requested.

 

The developer is also looking at something it is calling "rifts or variants" which would do some tweaks to the current modes in Titanfall. A season pass to Titanfall will set you back $24.99, something the developer announced earlier in the month.

NSA used 'Heartbleed' to help snoop on Internet users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 13, 2014 8:20 am

A recent report published by Bloomberg says the NSA was familiar with Heartbleed and used the flaw to collect intelligence, choosing to stay silent not to compromise a valuable spying asset.

 

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Around two-thirds of websites on the Internet have been affected by Heartbleed, and websites are scrambling to improve security.

 

Meanwhile, the federal government is denying using Heartbleed: "Reports that NSA or any other part of the government were aware of the so-called Heartbleed vulnerability before April 2014 are wrong," said Caitlin Hayden, National Security Council Spokeswoman, in a statement. "The Federal government was not aware of the recently identified vulnerability in OpenSSL until it was made public in a private sector cybersecurity report."

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James Cameron talks VR movies, still hasn't tried out Oculus Rift

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 13, 2014 7:29 am

James Cameron is pretty much a household name thanks to directing movies like The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, oh and Avatar. Cameron was asked some interesting questions during his Reddit AMA session.

 

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Cameron was asked on whether he would be making any movies using VR devices, such as the Oculus Rift, where he said: "I personally would be very interested to find a way to incorporate VR and a narrative-filmmaking experience. So a narrative directed experience that has individuated pathways where you have choices that you make in real-time, I think that would be a lot of fun. I think it would be very technically daunting and expensive, to do it as the same quality level as a typical feature, but it would be fun to experiment with".

 

He continued, saying: "It sounds like a lot of fun. I don't think it would take over the feature film market though. I'm very familiar with VR, but I haven't seen the specific Oculus Rift device". Cameron will be getting his hands-on Oculus VR's headset soon enough, where the director of Avatar said: "I'm interested in it. I'm meant to see it some time in the next month or so, but I've been familiar with VR since its inception. In fact, virtual reality is a way of describing the way we work on Avatar, we work in a virtual workspace all day long. We use a 'virtual camera' which is how I create all the shots that are CG in the film, a window into a virtual reality that completely surrounds me".

Civilization: Beyond Earth looks to the stars, supports AMD's Mantle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 13, 2014 6:30 am

Civilization fans will need to be cooled down after hearing about Civilization: Beyond Earth's announcement. Where Beyond Earth changes things up, is by lifting off from Earth, and taking off to the stars.

 

 

Civilization: Beyond Earth is more sci-fi, where players can visit other world's, universes and alien planets where we will see humans using their environment, and all sorts of other things against each other. Not much in terms of detail on Beyond Earth has been discussed, but AMD's Mantle API will be supported.

 

This means we'll see lower-end PCs playing Civilization: Beyond Earth at better frame rates, and those with beastier machines enjoying much higher resolutions and on-screen goodies at once.

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IRS missed Windows XP deadline, pays millions to Microsoft for support

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 13, 2014 4:57 am

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) didn't migrate from Microsoft Windows XP before the April 8 end of support deadline, and will pay millions to Microsoft for extended support.

 

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Microsoft pulled the plug on its popular 13-year-old operating system, urging users to migrate to Windows 7 or 8/8.1. However, millions of PCs are still running XP and haven't been migrated, including many business PCs.

 

"Now we find out that you've been struggling to come up with $30 million to finish migrating to Windows 7, even though Microsoft announced in 2008 that it would stop supporting Windows XP past 2014," said Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla), chairman of the House Financial Services and General Government subcommittee, in a statement. "I know you probably wish you'd already done that."

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Iranians are increasing their cybercriminal activities, report says

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 13, 2014 2:17 am

The Iranian government is increasing its cyberattack capabilities and wants to target government rivals, according to security company Mandiant. The country still doesn't have modernized cyber weapons at the moment, but is willing to invest time and energy into expanding its digital weapons.

 

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Iran was reportedly behind malware attacks that infected Saudi Aramco and RasGas, in retaliation following the suspected infection of an Iranian nuclear facility by the United States and Israel.

 

"Although Iran has long been considered a second-tier actor behind China and Russia, recent speculation has focused on Iran's interest in perpetrating offensive network attacks against critical infrastructure targets," the Mandiant report says.

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Phishing cybercriminals find most success with midweek attacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 12, 2014 9:39 pm

The majority of phishing emails are sent during the work week, amounting to 93 percent of activity, with the most popular day Wednesday, according to cybersecurity company Mandiant. The use of clever social engineering techniques, in which cybercriminals create unique attack methods to compromise unsuspecting users, continues to be a leading strategy that helps find success.

 

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Mandiant studied clients in more than 30 different business industries, with 15 percent of attacks hitting the financial market, with 13 percent aimed towards media and entertainment, according to the company.

 

Companies trying to protect employees must teach them the basic threats that phishers use, especially in financial intuitions, which receive one-third of all phishing attempts.

Universities struggle to keep personal data safe from theft

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 12, 2014 6:36 pm

It seems likely colleges and universities could face a higher number of cyberattacks and data breaches, as security vulnerabilities and other challenges remain a problem, according to HALOCK Security Labs.

 

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University IT staff need to prioritize their networking and security budgets to address the most glaring security threats - and separating sensitive systems from public systems can be a good start. PCs and servers with sensitive information can be supervised by IT staff, while student employees can manage public systems, according to HALOCK.

 

"Universities in general have limited budgets for information security, and therefore struggle to comply with the numerous laws and regulations regarding the data in their custody," said Terry Kurzynski, HALOCK Senior Partner, in a press statement.

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Members of the 'Jabber Zeus Crew' indicted by Department of Justice

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 12, 2014 1:18 pm

Nine men behind the "Jabber Zeus Crew" have been indicted for charges including conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity, multiple counts of bank fraud, conspiracy to commit computer fraud and identity theft, and aggravated identity theft.

 

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The group allegedly used the Zeus Trojan to collect bank account numbers, account passwords, PIN numbers, and other significant information. Conviction could lead to a monetary fine that would total at least $70,000,000, the DOJ said in its indictment.

 

"It was further part of the conspiracy that [defendants] used 'money mules' residents of the United States who received funds transferred over the Automated Clearing House ('ACH') network or through other interstate wire systems from victims' bank accounts into the money mules' own bank accounts, and then withdrew some of those funds and wired the funds overseas to conspirators," the indictment stated.

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Department of Homeland Security offers advice to fight 'Heartbleed'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 12, 2014 6:13 am

The recent revelation of the "Heartbleed" OpenSSL bug has made it an extremely hectic week for Internet users, technology companies, banks, and the U.S. government. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a public advisory about "working together to mitigate cybersecurity vulnerabilities."

 

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The DHS offers this advice to Internet users: verify the website has patched the vulnerability, then change passwords; closely monitor email, bank and social media accounts to spot suspicious activity; and become more vigilant to ensure websites are using HTTPS for all data exchanges.

 

"While there have not been any reported attacks or malicious incidents involving this particular vulnerability confirmed at this time, it is still possible that malicious actors in cyberspace could exploit unpatched systems," the DHS noted in a recent news release. "That is why everyone has a role to play to ensuring our nation's cybersecurity. We have been and continue to work closely with federal, state, local and private sector partners to determine any potential impacts and help implement mitigation strategies as necessary."

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