According to TredMicro’s online security expert Kevin Stevens, “low-level cybercriminals” have claimed to be shopping around databases containing credit card information belonging to 2.2 million PSN users.
The information, supposedly available on “illegal forums”, is said to contain mailing addresses, email addresses with corresponding passwords, credit card numbers, expiration dates and the three digit security codes.
But before you fret (even harder than you might be), there’s a good chance this is all a bogus attempt to phish information from the bastards that would consider purchasing this information.
Sony has said that it doesn’t store the three digit security code found on the back of credit cards.
“Yeah, this information about the [three-digit security code] numbers could be bogus. The guys selling the [database] could just be making it up,” said Stevens.
Anyway, it’s still a good idea to keep your eye on your biz, if you nah’whatim’sayin.
(Ok, so this isn’t geeky in the gaming sense, but you’ve gotta leave the house and get some exercise every once in a while, right?)
I am not meant to be a circus person. And you know what, that’s ok. Some people are meant to swing gracefully from a trapeze and be all contortion-y. I’m not one of them. But let me back up a bit.
A few months ago, I bought a LivingSocial coupon for a class at SANCA, Seattle’s School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts. Sure, it said it was for a “Trapeze Class”, but I still didn’t quite know exactly what we’d be doing. I expected we’d be doing some stuff on the ground, or maybe doing some aerial tricks on a rope or something. But when we got there and were led to a giant white tent… I realized. We were going up in the air.
We started off with some stretches and basic exercises, and then climbed the giant ladder to the top to get used to swinging on the trapeze. It was TERRIFYING. I don’t get scared too easily, and have never been one to be afraid of heights, but holy cow. I got back on the ground, shaking, thinking “Ok, time to go home and have a drink.” Then they told us it was time to put our legs up on the bars, LET GO OF THE BAR, grab the bar again, and then dismount with a BACK FLIP. I about fainted.
But you know what? I tried it. I did it (sloppily and without any grace at all.) I may have been one of the worst people in the class, but I gave it my all. I jumped out of my comfort zone, and I’m pretty proud of myself. I may never do it again, but I’m proud of what I accomplished. Check out a video of one of my attempts:
If you’re ever looking for a great date, afternoon with the friends, or team building activity, Trapeze is an excellent thing to do. If you’re in the Seattle area, make sure you check out SANCA. The instructors were so patient and kind, and everything was EXTREMELY safe. It may feel like you’re gonna die when you first look at it, but when you’re strapped in and swinging, you’ll be just fine.
So the hacking may not be real, but you’ll feel like you’re saving the world. Seriously. I’m not sure why, but I have gone back to this every day for three days in a row now. And I just giggle like crazy while “hacking”.
With PSN being down for a week now due to an “external intrusion”, and Sony’s recent acknowledgement that users’ personal information to include birth dates, mailing addresses and credit card information may have been compromised, one can’t help but imagine Microsoft gloating in the background.
So, I’ve searched the internets to see what, if any, statements have been issued by the wonderful folks at Microsoft.
On April 23, three days after PSN went under, a Microsoft representative issued a statement to Electronic Theatre. “Of course it’s regretful that Sony is encountering issues at such a busy time, and Microsoft takes no joy in the problems gamers are having playing their favorite games online. That being said, we are expecting Microsoft’s robust online network to see an increase of traffic from those gamers who own both systems. Being able to play their games via the Xbox Live network could make all the difference for some gamers, and the Xbox Nations event will allow all of them to do just that – whether they have a Gold subscription or not.”
Hehe. SORRY. I shouldn’t laugh. Of course XBL is going to see a jump in traffic and activity; the only other console that supports online play is down! Again, can’t you see the rejoicing and ceremonial dancing n the background?
Last night, however, a very different statement was given to G4, but this time the statement was issued on behalf of Xbox Live. “It’s business as usual with our previously planned Xbox LIVE promotions and programming. Other than that we have no comment.”
Some folks were reading a little too much into the “no comment” portion of the statement, jumping to the conclusion that Microsoft is facing an attack of sort behind the scenes. Personally, I see it as a way for Micrsoft to avoid sounding douchey. Either way, you can bet your arse that they’re monitoring the situation very closely. I guarentee they are looking into their own security protocols.
Just today, Microsoft has warned players that there have been numerous phishing attempts against those playing Modern Warfare 2 online.
“We are aware of the problem and are working to resolve the issue. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience”
More than likely this is completely unrelated to the PSN fiasco, as phishing isn’t uncommon, but still, noteworthy.
The PlayStation Network has been down for a few days now, and everyone’s been wondering when it would start working again. It looks like no one, not even PSN, knows that answer. According to the PlayStation Blog:
“We sincerely regret that PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have been suspended, and we are working around the clock to bring them both back online. Our efforts to resolve this matter involve re-building our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure. Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security.
We thank you for your patience to date and ask for a little more while we move towards completion of this project. We will continue to give you updates as they become available.”
Sad day. Funny or Die seemed to capture our feelings about this perfectly:
I personally will be able to continue playing Pokemon on the DS and dancing my little heart out on the Wii, so I’m just fine.
EDIT: Playstation has updated the blog stating that PSN has been compromised, and your personal information has been obtained by an unauthorized person. Might be a good time to start changing those passwords and requesting a new number for your credit card. The entry can be found here.
So, you’ve heard that the Hunger Games movie is in production, right? Good.
If you’ve been following the news of the casting that’s been coming out in the past few weeks, you’ll know we already have a handful of the characters/actors announced:
Katniss Everdeen: Jennifer Lawrence Peeta Mellark: Josh Hutcherson Thresh: Dayo Okeniyi Rue: Amandla Stenberg Marvel: Jack Quaid Glimmer: Leven Rambin
But if you want to follow the casting of the remainder of the Tributes, there’s this cool page on Facebook you can follow that they’ve been updating with each District’s tributes as they come in. It’s kind of creepy actually; each District’s boy and girl has been cast and announced at the same time (which I’m sure is something they’re doing on purpose). It’s like a present day Reaping. I hope these actors know what they’re signing up for…
Guys: You think YOU have the best proposal plan lined up for your future lady? THINK AGAIN.
Seriously? How adorable is this? Here are a few situations that MAYBE could have topped it:
If an authentic piece of the Triforce was presented to me instead of a ring. Sure, it might be hard to wear on my finger, but I’d make it work
If my husband-to-be told me we were headed to Raccoon City for our honeymoon. After all, there’s no better way to say “I love you” than slaughtering zombies with that special someone. Oh, and if Chris Redfield could be our tour guide <3
If he presented a legit, English copy of Mother 1 and Mother 3
If my husband-to-be tore off a mask and revealed himself to be Alistair
Following several rumors, Nintendo has finally confirmed that it’s next console does exist, it will release in 2012, and that we should expect a reveal at E3.
“We will show a playable model of the new system and announce more specifications at the E3 Expo, which will be held June 7-9, 2011, in Los Angeles.” Nintendo said in a statement.
Let’s run down the rumor mill, shall we? According to several very reliable sources:
The console will be significantly more powerful than the Xbox360 and PS3
It will be backwards compatible with Wii software
The design itself will resemble a modern SNES
The price tag will run from $350-$400
It will have the ability to stream content directly from the console
Oh, and check out the controller mock up IGN created:
Isn’t it funny that in a matter of weeks, this thing has gone from being non-existent to freakin’ revealed? In any case, I’m excited for this. This is Nintendo’s chance to rope in those that went astray due to their disappointment in the Wii (like me), and I have a feeling that this time next year I’ll be drooling over this thing.
I’m sure Nintendo is aware that the 3DS only just launched last month, but news about their brand new console is already spreading across the internet like wildfire.
The console is essentially “Nintendo HD”, and there are rumors it will be announced at this summer’s E3 convention. As a Nintendo fangirl through and through, this excites me.
Shigeru Miyamoto (the creator of games such as Legend of Zelda and the Super Mario series) confirmed that the console does in fact exist. I’d say he’s a pretty credible source, wouldn’t you?
Up until now the project had been nicknamed “Project Cafe”, though other names that have been kicked around include “Stream”, since it has the option of streaming images to the player on what will hopefully be a built-in touchscreen right on the controller.
That name is just an idea though, as it’s very similar to not only “Steam”, an already popular gaming distribution system, but Nintendo’s own “Wii”.
I can already see the looks on the kids faces when they ask for a new Stream for Christmas and their hard-of-hearing grandparents present them with a Wii they found half price at a garage sale – old school! Thanks a lot, Grandpa!
For more technical information about the new Nintendo console, check out this article here.
So you’ve finished Portal 2 and are afraid you might actually have to interact with your family this weekend… Never fear, Amazon to the rescue!
Pick up some new games with Amazon’s Buy One, Get One 50% deal. A variety of companies and consoles are featured, with games like Pokemon Black and White, Lego Harry Potter and Star Wars, and Epic Mickey.
I’ll be bringing Pokemon Black with me for my Easter travels this weekend. It’s my first Pokemon game EVER! What will you be playing/purchasing this weekend?