New GTA Online Exploit Lets Hackers Steal Millions From Other Players

Some GTA Online fans on PC and last-gen consoles are being hit with a new exploit that hackers are using to steal millions of in-game dollars from unsuspecting players. While hacking GTA Online is nothing new, this new “trick” has some longtime fans vowing to stay offline until it’s fixed. Advertisement Forum posts, Tweets, and videos are reporting that, over the last few days, hackers have gained the ability to steal vast sums of money from players, along with the ability to give people illegitimate RP. Previously, GTA hackers could only drop money for players or spawn strange objects or rare vehicles—but now, through the use of third party software known as “mod menus,” the cheating has become even more devious. You can see this exploit being used on a PS3 in the video below, courtesy of TKIG: Tustin, a developer who has worked on a PS3 GTA V mod menu, told Kotaku that part of what makes this exploit scary is that it can easily be added to mod menus with little effort, meaning that the potential for spreading across platforms is big. While the exploit doesn’t seem widespread, those READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

amusement parks

How I Let Disney Track My Every Move

On a recent trip to Disney World, I had an unusual experience. I rode a ride. It broke. We were evacuated, and a few minutes later, I got a picture on my phone. It was an empty raft sliding down Splash Mountain, taken at precisely the moment I was walking down the emergency stairwell. It was weird. Advertisement Technology has changed the Disney experience—and not necessarily in a bad way. These days, you can get something called a MagicBand, a radio-powered bracelet that will open your hotel room door at the Disney resorts, let you into the parks, let you get onto rides more quickly, and even pay for your breakfast at Gaston’s Tavern. It’s also communicating with beacons hidden throughout the park to let Disney know what you’re doing and where you’re going. A photo of my fun time on Splash Mountain. Disney first introduced the technology in 2013 and recently updated it, but I just encountered the band firsthand on my vacation. I still can’t stop thinking about it. The very notion of wearing a tracking bracelet freaks me out. (It’s weird enough that you have to supply READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Everything You Need to Know About Cloudbleed, the Latest Internet Security Disaster

Image: Cloudflare / Gizmodo Have you heard? A tiny bug in Cloudflare’s code has led an unknown quantity of data—including passwords, personal information, messages, cookies, and more—to leak all over the internet. If you haven’t heard of the so-called Cloudbleed vulnerability, keep reading. This is a scary big deal. Advertisement Let’s start with the good news. Cloudflare, one of the world’s largest internet security companies, acted fast when security researcher Tavis Ormandy of Google’s Project Zero identified the vulnerability. The bad news is that the Cloudflare-backed websites had been leaking data for months before Ormandy noticed the bug. Cloudflare says the earliest data leak dates back to September 2016. It’s so far unclear if blackhat hackers had already found the vulnerability and exploited it secretly before Cloudflare fixed its code. Cloudflare’s clients include huge companies like Uber, OKCupid, 1Password, and FitBit. That means a holy fuck ton of sensitive data has potentially been compromised. Change Your Passwords. Now.  Change Your Passwords. Now.  Change Your Passwords. Now.  A massive memory leak from web services and security company Cloudflare may have exposed user data… Read more Read more READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

game roms

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…