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Banks must work to mitigate against DDoS attacks, new rule orders

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 6, 2014 11:15 am

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) recently released a security notice of required steps that must be followed by banks and financial institutions operating in the United States. All banks under federal government regulation have to beef up security and pay attention to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks which plague bank servers.

 

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Specifically, these companies need to try and mitigate DDoS attacks to the best of their ability, to keep subscribers more secure.

 

"In the latter half of 2012, an increased number of DDoS attacks were launched against financial institutions by politically motivated groups," according to the FFIEC statement. "These DDoS attacks continued periodically and increased in sophistication and intensity. These attacks caused slow website response times, intermittently prevented customers from accessing institutions' public websites, and adversely affected back-office operations."

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The Goonies sequel is officially happening! Goonies never say die!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 6, 2014 10:37 am

When I was a teenager, The Goonies was a massive part of my childhood. Riding off of the success of Superman: The Movie, director Richard Donner created quite the masterpiece, that even to this day is loved by millions around the world.

 

 

But today, Donner announced that he is working on a sequel of The Goonies, and he wants to bring back as much of the original cast as possible. Where it gets interesting, is whether the cast would play their original roles - but 28 years older - or whether they would play cameos, or something completely different.

 

There's not much else known about it right now, but at least we can now officially say: "Goonies never say die!"

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The upcoming Doom beta will only be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 6, 2014 9:31 am

If you purchase the upcoming Wolfenstein: The New Order, you'll gain access to the upcoming next-gen Doom beta. But, if you were to purchase the new Wolfenstein on the Xbox 360 or PS3, unfortunately, you won't receive access to the beta of Doom.

 

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The access to the next-gen beta of Doom will arrive for PS4, Xbox One and PC gamers. You can take a look at the Wolfenstein FAQ right here which explains it all, but it is a little confusing. If you were to purchase Wolfenstein: The New Order on the PS3, you'll still receive beta access to Doom, but just not on your console. You can take that access to your PC, and use it there if you like.

 

Wolfenstein: The New Order drops on May 20 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC.

Watch Dogs PC specs revealed, requires a grunty CPU and 8GB of RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 6, 2014 8:35 am

We already heard that Watch Dogs will require a 64-bit OS and some beefy hardware, but now we have some specific hardware requirements for Ubisoft Montreal's open-world hacking [hopefully] masterpiece.

 

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You'll need at a minimum, an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 at 2.6GHz, or AMD's Phenom II X4 940 at 3GHz. Ubisoft does recommend much higher specs, where it would like to see you use an Intel's Core i7-3770 running at 3.5GHz, or AMD's FX-8350 X8 processor clocked at 4GHz. When it comes to RAM, you'll need 6GB minimum, and for GPUs, Ubisoft's minimum requirements for Watch Dogs is an NVIDIA GeForce GX 460 or AMD Radeon HD 5770 with at least 1GB of VRAM.

 

When it comes to recommended GPUs, you'll need an NVIDIA GeForce GX 560 Ti or AMD's Radeon HD 7850. Storage wise, you better have over 25GB free to install Watch Dogs - not bad considering Titanfall requires a mammoth 48GB.

 

You can pre-order Watch Dogs through Steam right now, for $59.99 - it will be made available on May 27.

The latest trailer to Godzilla looks incredible

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 6, 2014 6:32 am

If you haven't seen the trailers to the upcoming Godzilla movie, you really need to check them out. The latest trailer - which we've embedded below - looks absolutely incredible, but don't watch it if you don't want certain parts of the movie spoiled.

 

 

You get more of a look at Godzilla in this latest 'Extended Look,' as well as more of the storyline involving Bryan Cranston. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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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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