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All Our Base Are Belong To This Guy

Got a 360 and a PS3?  You’ve got nothing on this guy.

There’s cable management problems and then there’s the back of THIS system…

In the words of Jodie Foster in “Contact” – “They should have sent a poet…”

Image and original story via – Global Geek News | Celebrating Geek Culture.


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To Phish, or not to Phish – Hack is the question.

Sir, they're hacking all of Teh Internetz!

Did you know that the very act of switching on your Xbox 360 now carries with it an automatic £100 penalty?  Hackers can magically extract money from your bank account merely by dint of you owning a Microsoft console and logging into Xbox Live – it’s that easy!

If anything in my hypebolic introduction sounded a tad Phishy, that’s because  Rupert Murdoch‘s wholly reputable, in no way morally bereft and entirely ethically sound newspaper The Sun ran a panic-inducing headline today which sought to convince the parents of younger gamers that Phishing and account theft is so widespread on the Xbox platform that it constitutes a routine systemic problem.

You and I may know different, but why let facts get in the way of a cheap front page on a slow news day?  Also, the Sun (a News International title) earnestly lecturing Britain about hacking?  Kind of boggles the mind, doesn’t it?

What we appear to be dealing with is old-school hacker social engineering married to new school digital larceny.  The “Hack” being alluded to by The Sun appears to be nothing more than naive gamers being redirected to a compromised website and being directed to enter personal details which are, of course, used to hijack their accounts, stored credit card details and grab identity information for subsequent use.

Social engineering works frequently because people don’t know that it’s happening – talking online in a “Modern Warfare 3” or “Battlefield 3” lobby to a chatty gamer isn’t likely to make you think that you’re going to get hacked somewhere down the line, but this is frequently how accounts get compromised.

If you want the original story from the Sun, you can Google it, because I’m not giving that unpleasant bunch of reptiles the link traffic.  If you want to read Microsoft’s response, you can find it on Facebook, read Bitter Wallet’s take here  and follow UK Xbox community manager Graham “Acey Bongos” Boyd here on Twitter for a more measured take on what’s been going on – or to be more accurate, what’s not been going on.

Three Rules to live by online –

1) Do you know the people that you’re chatting with?  No?  Then keep things general – you have no idea that the people you are talking to are who they say they are.

2) Would you give your bank card PIN to somebody you barely know and hope that they wouldn’t run amok with it the moment that your back is turned?  No, you wouldn’t.  So why would you let somebody have vital information which allows them to get into your online identities?  If the questions get more personal than you’re comfortable with, mute players and disengage.  At best, they’re engaging in gamesmanship, at worst they’re trying to get into your digital life.  And you don’t want that, do you?

3) Make your passwords distinctive, difficult to guess and secret answers to questions used to reset access to your account should be guessable only by you.

If you’re using ‘password’ or ‘123456’ as your password in this day and age,  you probably deserve to have those nice Chinese hackers buying seventeen million iTunes downloads or PSN games on your dime.

Stay safe out there, Gaming compadres…

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Your weekend gaming Quick Hits…

It’s the weekend and you don’t have time to read blogs – you want links to cool stuff and you want them now.  Who am I to argue?

The Gamecube's controller is my favourite console controller - fact!

Nintendo World Report celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Gamecube…

…Whilst Joystiq ponders the 10 greatest GameCube exclusives (Not an exclusive, but where, pray tell, is the love for ZooCube?)

The console is literally the size of a small child. Possibly.

It’s not all Ninty goodness, of course – Microsoft’s Xbox platform had its tenth birthday this week as and in a suite of anniversary features, US Official Xbox magazine laments the loss of the pioneering interactive gameshow, “1 vs 100”  – still the only 360 game I have all the achievements for.

Yahtzee's fair and balanced review of "Uncharted 3" awaits

Meanwhile, over The Escapist, lovely Yahtzee reviews “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Decision”.  It gets a bit rough…

Finally, PCMag.com has a list of things that you might want to try in “Skyrim”.

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