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Microsoft Xbox pwned by 5-year-old security researcher

Xbox pwned by 5-year-old security researcher

He got in through a backdoor in Microsoft's smashingly popular video gaming system - as in, straight in to all the slobbering zombies and screaming violence that his parents would never have let him play with.

Online games services Steam and Origin fall as gamers ring in New Year DDoS-ing

Online games Steam and Origin fall as gamers ring in New Year DDoS-ing

Gamers have come up with a new game this week: DDoS games that their targets like to play. Scores of games fell flat on their faces.

Game apps under fire from consumer law makers

Game apps under fire from consumer law makers

The UK's Office of Fair Trading has investigated how apps and browser-based games comply with consumer law. Alarmed by their findings, they're recommending new developer guidelines around in-app purchases and language inciting children to pay for in-game rewards.

Ubisoft customers told "change your passwords *now*"

Ubisoft customers told change your passwords *now*

Ubisoft is urging customers to change their passwords following a breach that exposed user names, email addresses and encrypted passwords.

"STD-like" virus killing off Borderlands 2 video game characters

"STD-like" virus killing off Borderlands 2 video game characters

Gearbox, the maker of the popular game Borderlands 2, is warning Xbox 360 users to be careful of who they play with, following a rash of reports of unexplained character deaths.

The culprit: a software flaw that appears to be spreading, "STD-like", from Borderlands 2 "modders" to other law-abiding players.

World of Warcraft players massacred in hack attack

World of Warcraft players massacred in hack attack

If you're one of the millions of avid players of the online MMORPG World of Warcraft, then you may have been surprised to find the populations of entire cities killed off this weekend.

Beware the Bad Piggies: Fake games hit 82k Chrome users with adware

Beware the Bad Piggies: Fake Rovio game hits 82k Chrome users with adware

Google Chrome users are warned that supposedly “free” versions of the Angry Birds spin-off “Bad Piggies” are fakes that harvest data and install adware.

Guild Wars 2 accounts shuttered due to gold-seller hacking and idiocy

Guild Wars 2 accounts shuttered due to gold-seller hacking and idiocy

There are two causes of the account lock-outs: first, ArenaNet is trying to run a civilized environment without Holocaust jokes, gay-bashing and the like, and second, gold sellers have hacked accounts to grab the goodies.

Blizzard owns up to data haemorrhage - painful but probably not too bad

Blizzard owns up to data haemorrhage - painful but probably not too bad

Big-time online entertainment outfit Blizzard has just owned up to a data haemorrhage.

Blizzard strongly suggests - but manfully doesn't pretend to guarantee - that financial data such as credit cards, billing addresses, and real names weren't got at.

North Korea uses infected games to DDoS South Korea

North Korea uses infected games to DDoS South Korea

South Korean police have arrested a man from Seoul on suspicion of working with North Korea to develop games infected with spyware.

US government learning how to hack video game consoles

US govt learning how to hack online gaming

The US Department of Homeland Security is out to hack video game consoles, such as Xboxes, Wiis and PlayStations.

Facebook logins aren't being properly protected on iPhones, iPads and Android devices

Facebook logins aren't being properly protected on iPhones, iPads and Android devices

Facebook login credentials could be lifted from smartphones because the site is not encrypting the sensitive data on iOS and Android devices.

Coin Lock, an end to MMOG account hacking?

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Theft of virtual currency has increased since many virtual items can be sold for real money. Learn more about how online gaming companies are trying to protect your virtual "ass"ets.