Latest PS3 Firmware Update Blocks “Call of Duty” Hackers

If you downloaded the new PS3 firmware 3.56 update and you happened to, um, tweak the Call of Duty: Black Ops game to boost your stats, you might have found yourself among the angry people who had their account blocked.

It seems to be part of Sony’s promise to crack down on piracy; last weeks Xbox 360 firmware 3.56 update blocked …

Should Customers Have The Right To “Hack” Their Consoles?

For every video game console, there’s been dozens – no hundreds – of gamers who’ve tried to hack the system. The ability to mod your own device is part of the fun for some avid players who want to be available to install other operating systems, run homebrew (user-produced software that runs on systems not meant to run consumer-created …

Operation Payback: Who Are the WikiLeaks ‘Hactivists’?

A hacking group simply identifying itself as “Anonymous” has taken credit for a recent string of high-profile cyber attacks against the websites of businesses, banks and politicians that have either spoken out against or stopped doing business with whistleblowing site, WikiLeaks.

Since Monday of this week, targets have included Swiss …

Behind the Hack: How 4Chan Gamed the Time 100

Marblecake, also the game.

Yeah, last year’s Time 100 poll was an interesting venture here in the office, most notably because we discovered we were had. Followers of 4Chan founder Moot, aka Christopher Poole, manipulated the votes using a special coding and then continued to deliver a message using the first letters of the names in …

Our Five Favorite Hacker Flicks

This week marks the beginning of the trial for David Kernell, the 22-year-old computer whiz turned FBI target, accused of hacking into Sarah Palin’s personal Yahoo e-mail account during the 2008 presidential campaign. Palin’s e-mails, family photos and even her daughter’s cell phone number were posted online, and – of course – picked …

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