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Nintendo Hides Secret Message for Hackers Inside NES Classic

It should come as no surprise that the Nintendo Classic Mini has already been hacked. The system comes with 30 games pre-installed but determined hackers have managed to figure out a way to get more games onto the system. It appears that Nintendo knew that it would only be a matter of time before this happened, and hid a secret message for any would-be hackers inside of their diminutive console. This message was left by a programmer who goes by the handle of “The Hanafuda Captain.” The Hanafuda name is an homage to the hanafuda cards that Nintendo used to sell before becoming a video game company. Here is what the message says: “This is the Hanafuda Captain speaking. Launching emulation in 3…2…1. Many efforts, tears and countless hours have been put into this jewel. So, please keep this place tidied up and don’t break everything! Cheers, the Hanafuda Captain.” The code was posted on Twitter by user bakueikozo: 大変!ファミコンミニの内蔵エミュレータの中身をのぞいていたらメッセージを発見したよ … ごめんキャプテン!!ズタボロに壊し始めちゃったwwwwww #ニンテンドークラシックミニ #開発者からのメッセージ #削るとなぜか動かない系とはちょっと違う pic.twitter.com/C2dvIQlEuU — ひろみつ(85.1kg) (@bakueikozo) January 6, 2017 Getting more games onto the NES Classic involves uploading one’s console memory to their PC, adding in extra ROM READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

PSN and Xbox Live Down During New Years; Hackers Take Responsibility

Because Hackers Love to Take Responsibility, Especially with Multiplayer We are celebrating and we are down. Despite the fact that Xbox Live and PSN report full functionality, players are unable to play online. A myriad of forums and social media sites have users reporting the same issue; online gaming networks remain inaccessible. Since this madness began, Lizard Squad, the notorious hackers, have taken responsibility. They claimed as much on Twitter: We warned you. Don’t be surprised. PSN and Xbox Live will be down for the entire night. #LizardSquad — Lizard Squad (@LizardInvasion) January 1, 2017 And these attacks are being reported across North America, Europe, and Australasia. Everywhere, people are relaying their disappointment for being locked out of multiplayer. Alas, that’s how many of us are going to spend the beginning of this year. But these attacks to PSN and Xbox Live are certainly nothing new. Call of Duty players, especially, are experiencing server outages. Yet as of the time of this article’s publication, players are starting to see functionality return. Time will tell if Sony or Microsoft shall take appropriate steps towards combating these issues.  Right now, it’s a major pain in the butt for gamers. This is just the latest…

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Hackers Taking Down PSN and Xbox Live on Dec. 25th

Hackers Known as R.I.U. Star Patrol Planning New DDoS Attacks for Christmas Day During an interview last week, hackers known as R.I.U. Star Patrol discussed taking down PSN and Xbox Live on Christmas Day. These attacks would be carried out using coordinated DDoS strikes similar to those launched against Tumblr. DDoS attacks aimed at PSN and Xbox Live are now something of a Christmas tradition. Both Sony and Microsoft make promises to enhance their protection systems and block these attacks, but the latency and outage issues continue to occur. The two companies are once again prepared to see DDoS attacks targeting their servers, but whether they can defend against said attacks is another matter. Neither Microsoft nor Sony have provided an official response to these threats. There is no strategic value in launching these attacks every Christmas. Rather, hacker groups merely do it for the inherent challenge and its associated thrills. “We do it because we can. We have not been paid a single dollar for what we do,” they said. The attack on Tumblr earlier in the week was also executed “just for fun.” For these networks, Christmas is one of the busiest days of the year. Gamers register new consoles and download new

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Nintendo Offers Cash Bounties To People Who Find 3DS Exploits

You know all those stories about people who hack into tech companies in such impressive fashion that those companies immediately offer them jobs? Nintendo won’t do that. But they will offer you cash. Advertisement Partnering with the HackerOne group, Nintendo is offering bounties ranging from $100 to $20,000 to anyone who can find security vulnerabilities in the 3DS. Given that hackers and modders have had their way with the portable system for four years now, I imagine there will be some takers. Specifically, Nintendo says: Advertisement Below are examples of types of activities that Nintendo is focused on preventing: Piracy, including: Game application dumping Copied game application execution Cheating, including: Game application modification Save data modification Dissemination of inappropriate content to children Below are examples of vulnerabilities that Nintendo is interested in receiving information about: System vulnerabilities regarding the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems Privilege escalation on ARM11 userland ARM11 kernel takeover ARM9 userland takeover ARM9 kernel takeover Vulnerabilities regarding Nintendo-published applications for the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems ARM11 userland takeover Hardware vulnerabilities regarding the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems Low-cost cloning Security key detection via information leaks The actual amount of cash you get will be determined by…

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FBI Says Alleged Hackers Used FIFA To Steal Millions From EA

EA boss Andrew Wilson speaks at E3 2016. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) The FBI believes that a group of hackers made millions off a scam to defraud the publisher Electronic Arts, and today the government is going to court to try to take them down. Advertisement This morning in Texas, defendant Anthony Clark will go on trial for conspiracy to commit wire fraud after allegedly working with three other hackers to mine FIFA coins from EA’s servers, then sell those coins to “black market” dealers in Europe and China. The FBI alleges that Clark and his co-defendants made between $15 and $18 million off this scheme. FIFA coins are the controversial in-game currency of EA’s popular soccer series, used to buy player packs within FIFA games. You can earn FIFA coins either by playing matches or spending real money to buy them in the game. They’re also very popular in the third-party marketplace; a cursory google search for “FIFA coins” will bring up nothing but third-party sellers, including an entire subreddit dedicated solely to trading coins. Advertisement According to an unsealed FBI indictment, Clark and his co-defendants allegedly built a tool that would send false signals to EA’s servers…