Hacker Jailed Two Years For Making Software That Causes DDoS Attacks

Today, England’s Old Bailey court jailed 20-year-old hacker Adam Mudd two years for initiating distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against several popular games and gaming services, the BBC reports. Advertisement Mudd created the malware Titanium Stresser when he was 16 and, in the intermittent years, several thousand users have carried out an alleged 1.7 million attacks against services like Xbox Live. Minecraft, Runescape and other games were compromised by Titanium Stresser, which was marketed as a legal stress test for online services. In reality, the software spammed online services with enough data to cripple their ability to function. (For more on how DDoS attacks work, read our story.) Mudd accrued nearly $400,000 from selling access to the software for $2 to $310, depending on the plan. Mudd allegedly initiated nearly 600 DDoS attacks on his own. The BBC reports that one attack he led was against the college where he studied computer science. Advertisement In November, Mudd pled guilty to violating Britain’s Computer Misuse Act, which protects against digital security breaches. He was arrested in his bedroom, at his parents’ place. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Check Out Minecraft Running on Nintendo Switch

How’s progress coming along on the recently revealed Nintendo Switch version of Minecraft? In a fairly recent livestream, the developers showed off what Minecraft: Switch Edition will be looking like. …Read More The post Check Out Minecraft Running on Nintendo Switch by Lou Contaldi appeared first on DualShockers.

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Minecraft: Console Edition Gets New Glide Beasts Track Pack and Update on All Platforms

Today 4J Studios revealed the patch notes for their newest update for Minecraft. The update is called Patch 1.47 on PS3 and PSVita, Patch 1.48 on PS4, Update 42 on Xbox One, and Update 52 …Read More The post Minecraft: Console Edition Gets New Glide Beasts Track Pack and Update on All Platforms by Tanner Pierce appeared first on DualShockers.

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Minecraft Update 1.47 Today on PS4, PS3 & PS Vita Adds Glide Beasts DLC Support

Live now in Europe and Japan, and going live later today in North America, today’s Minecraft update for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita adds support for the Glide Beasts Track Pack, makes some adjustments to Glide, and fixes a few issues. When the update is live worldwide, 4J Studios will reset the Glide Cavern leaderboard on PS4. Here’s the full list of patch notes for today’s Minecraft update, which should show up as 1.48 on PS4 and 1.47 on PS3/PS Vita: Added Glide Beasts Track Pack (Dragon, Kraken and Yeti Glide tracks) Added new Glide music tracks for the new Glide Tracks Change to Glide to require passing through all Checkpoints before reaching the end of the track Glide Solo Mode can now be played for longer before being automatically returned to the Lobby Fix for spectator not hearing Glide ring or thermal sounds for the player they are spectating Fix for Glide round timer continuing to tick while the Pause Menu is displayed in Solo Mode Decreased the respawn delay in Glide Added colored particles when you cross the finish line in Glide Showdown in Glide now says “Hurry Up” Fix for Interface Opacity setting not affecting the HUD in Glide READ FULL…

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The Most Infamous Swimming Pool in Japanese Pornography

Ask anyone who’s ever seen an adult movie in Japan. Or, at least, anyone who has ever spent some time on the internet. More than likely, they’ll know this swimming pool. Advertisement Note: This article contains content some readers might find objectionable. In Japanese, the pool is called “that pool” (あのプール or ano puuru) or “the usual pool” (例のプール or rei no puuru). [Edited by Kotaku] It’s been featured in numerous Japanese adult movies, and it’s become part of the country’s internet subculture. No wonder the pool was recreated by a Japanese Minecraft player. (Actually, created by many Minecraft players.) People have brought it to life other ways. In 2013, it even popped up in Weekly Jump, a manga for kids, as a gag. The real pool is located in a Shinjuku high rise and embodies the country’s past economic excesses. A Japanese television show featured the pool once, explaing that thespian and Darkrai voice actor Koji Ishizaka once lived in the apartment, but has long since moved out. The years that followed made the resident’s swimming hole infamous. In 2004, Akiba Blog points out, that pool made an appearance in an READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Creators Will Soon be Able to Earn Real Money on Minecraft

We’ve seen a lot of imaginative things come out of the Minecraft community over the years. Some of the work produced by fans has definitely been on the professional level. Now, the best of the best will be able to make money from their creations. With the next game update, Mojang will introduce a marketplace on Windows 10 and mobile. Approved creators will be able to sell maps and texture packs to other users. Mojang will take a cut, but creators will get to keep a certain amount for themselves. Folks can purchase these creations with Minecraft Coins. These will function the same as currencies found in other mobile games. If you play Minecraft on Xbox, you’ll need an Xbox Live Silver or Gold account in order to make purchases on the new marketplace. There will be two partner creators when the marketplace launches. One partner is Blockworks, which is a group known for creating RPG-themed maps. The other is pixel artist Eneija Silverleaf, who has made several different skins for the game. As the marketplace grows, there will no doubt be more partner creators who are signed up — especially if they READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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Minecraft Update 1.44 Today Adds the Glide Mini Game, Power Rangers Skin Pack Released

[embedded content] With Minecraft update 1.44 today on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita, developer 4J Studios has added the new Glide Mini Game, a new Mini Game Lobby, support for up to 16 players in Battle and Glide, and more. The update is now live in Europe, and will be coming to North America later today. Here’s the full list of patch notes for update 1.44 on PlayStation platforms: PlayStation 4 Added Glide Mini Game! Added new Mini Game Lobby. Fix for MCCE-3984 – Enderdragon is able to use an End Gateway. Added Leaderboards for Glide Mini Game. Added support for up to 16 players in Battle and Glide. PlayStation 3 & PlayStation Vita Added Glide Mini Game! Added new Mini Game Lobby. Fix for MCCE-3984 – Enderdragon is able to use an End Gateway. Fix for save corruption when exiting a newly created world. (PS3 only) Fix for crash when downloading PS3 save. (PS Vita only) Fix for MCCE #4108 – Skeleton Hitboxes were blocking the placement of blocks directly above them. Fix for MCCE #4238 – Stained Glass Pain on the ground does not appear transparent. Fix for MCCE-4226 – Wrong LOD showing for non-block item icons READ…

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Minecraft Console Versions Getting Glide Mini Game Tomorrow

[embedded content] 4J Studios has announced that it’s releasing a new mini game, Glide, for Minecraft‘s console versions tomorrow. The update, which will put your aeronautical skills to test, will be free. Over on the game’s website, the developer detailed Glide as follows: Beat the clock in the Time Attack mode, using thermal drafts and speed boosters to your advantage, or go for points in Score Attack by hitting all the hoops. Careful study may reveal sneaky shortcuts to refine your runs, so keep your eyes peeled! You can choose to beat your personal best in solo play, pit your wing-skills against other players online, or – on Xbox One and PS4 – take a swing at the all new Glide leaderboards. This update also boosts the number of PS4 and Xbox One players possible in both Glide and Battle up to 16, and all platforms get a more spacious lobby, too! You can check out a trailer above. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Glide Minigame Coming to Console Versions of Minecraft Tomorrow


Nippon Ichi Software Launches Teaser That Looks Like Minecraft

[Image: NIS] There’s no title for this, but the teaser clip certainly does look rather Minecraft-esque, no? Advertisement The teaser’s site URL ends with “hakoniwa,” which means “box garden” in English. Perhaps Hako Niwa is the title of this building block game? No word yet on the platform. Or platforms. The site’s URL also has the word “consumer,” which in Japanese video game lingo refers to home or portable hardware and not mobile. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure Coming to Nintendo Switch in June

The Telltale Games episodic adventure Minecraft: Story Mode will bring its entire run of eight episodes to the Nintendo Switch in June. …Read More The post Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure Coming to Nintendo Switch in June by Ryan Meitzler appeared first on DualShockers.

PlayStation Store: February Top Downloads Revealed for North America and Europe; For Honor and ARK: Survival Evolved on Top

Today, Sony released the PlayStation Store’s top downloaded games for the month of February in North America and Europe. …Read More The post PlayStation Store: February Top Downloads Revealed for North America and Europe; For Honor and ARK: Survival Evolved on Top by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.

Minecraft Update 1.43 Is Live on PS4, Addresses Issues From 1.42

To help address some issues introduced after the release of 1.42 on Tuesday, 4J Studios has released Minecraft update 1.43 for PlayStation 4. Here’s the bugs it fixes: Fix for MCCE-4226 – Wrong LOD showing for non-block item icons in the UI. Fix for MCCE-4227 – Nether portals sending players to the wrong portals. Fix for seeds always appearing as “0” in Load World menu. Fix for MCCE-4321 – Player may fall through the block below them when jumping in a confined space e.g small tunnel. “We’re currently working on a bug fix update to address issues found in the last update,” 4J wrote on Twitter yesterday. “Thanks for your patience.” An ETA for the update on other platforms wasn’t given. Discussing the recently released Fallout Battle Map Pack, 4J Art Director David Keningale said: We tried out various different scenarios to see how they would look as Battle maps and we could quickly see Fallout would fit really well. But we knew we couldn’t just take anything from Fallout’s open world and hope it worked: Battle maps have to be pretty self-contained. By contrast, we did think about doing things in a Vault but we felt it was too enclosed for the way…

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Minecraft Update 1.42 Today on PS4, PS3 & PS Vita Fixes Bugs and Adds Fallout DLC Support

Designed to fix bugs and add support for the new Fallout Battle Map Pack DLC, Minecraft update 1.42 is now live on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita in Europe and Japan. Both the update and Fallout Battle Map Pack DLC will be available later today in North America. Priced at $2.99 USD/£1.99, the Fallout map pack includes three new Battle maps, each inspired by the series. The description says, “The worlds of Fallout and Minecraft collide in the all-new Minecraft Fallout Battle Map Pack! Battle on the boardwalks of Libertalia, wreck each other in the ruins of Capitol and survive the onslaught in the General Atomics Galleria. The world may be a wasteland, but war never changes!” Here’s the full list of patch notes for Minecraft update 1.42 on PlayStation platforms: Added Fallout Battle Map Pack Fix for Player’s character becoming invisible for other players when they ride a Minecart, Boat, Horse, Donkey, Pig or Mule, beyond they viewing player’s render distance. Fix for a second Bonus Chests appearing near the centre of the world. Fix for not being able to place a Pig in a Mob Spawner using a Spawn Egg. Fix for crash that would occur if the player dropped an inventory item at the READ FULL…