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Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Network were both the targets of DDoS attacks by Lizard Squad during the Christmas holiday. The acts were particularly heinous as Lizard Squad — the group that claimed responsibility for the attacks — picked perhaps the worst time to attack the networks. First of all, it took place during a time when most Microsoft and Sony employees were at home with their families for the holidays instead of working on mission-critical projects in the office. Secondly, people that received shiny new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles for Christmas were unable to get... Read more...
It's been quite the month as far as Sony and its film The Interview are concerned. In case you're just joining in, the ongoing saga began last month, when a hacker group calling itself Guardians of Peace (or 'GOP' for short) hit Sony with a crippling attack. At least 10TB of its data was stolen, much of which included employee records and unreleased Sony proprietary content. At that time, it wasn't entirely clear why GOP had such a beef with Sony, but it didn't take long to figure out that The Interview was the primary issue at hand. In The Interview, Seth Rogan and James Franco head to North Korea... Read more...
Despite #GOP’s, the hacker group claiming responsibility for the massive data breach at Sony Pictures, efforts to make sure “The Interview” is never shown in theaters, such is not the case. While Sony originally announced that the movie would not be shown in theaters, it later rescinded that decision and will be showing the movie in select theaters. However, Google has announced that “The Interview” is now available on YouTube and Google Play.According to Google chief legal officer David Drummond, Sony had been contacting various companies to ask if they would make “The Interview” available online.... Read more...
Things just keep going from bad to worse for Sony and the upcoming release of “The Interview,” a film that plots the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The company was hit with a massive cyberattack in November and the resultant fallout has included leaked internal documents, social security numbers of employees, and email exchanges between Sony executives and top Hollywood stars. Sony employees and their families have also been targeted with threats, and the perpetrators of the attack — which call ironically call themselves Guardians of Peace (#GOP) — have even resorted to blackmail... Read more...
It looks like the constant pain Sony's feeling isn't going to be seeing relief anytime soon. In late November, we learned of an unparalleled breach that affected the company, which unfortunately not only leaked lots of corporate info, but also sensitive information for thousands of its employees. Since word of the breach came down, we've learned more and more about how it played out, including the fact that undetectable malware was the root cause. We also know that a group that calls itself Guardians of Peace is claiming responsibility. Normal 0 false false false... Read more...
Microsoft’s recent price reduction and assorted console bundles paid off for the month of November. According to the NPD Group’s data, Microsoft’s Xbox One passed Sony’s PlayStation 4 in console sales in the US and UK.  "Response to the holiday lineup of games on Xbox One was incredible, with Xbox One fans buying more games in November in the U.S. than any other gen eight platform and enjoying over 357 million hours of gameplay globally," said Xbox corporate vice president of marketing Mike Nichols in a statement. "In fact, more fans logged into Xbox... Read more...
Since the massive security breach at Sony Pictures has occurred, speculation has been that North Korea was behind it. Sony, with the help of cybersecurity firm Mandiant and the FBI, has been investigating the perpetrators behind the breach. However, a senior FBI official stated has stated that government agency has not confirmed that North Korea is behind the attack, “There is no attribution to North Korea at this point,” said Federal Bureau of Investigation assistant director of its cyber division Joe Demarest on Tuesday at a cybersecurity conference sponsored by Bloomberg... Read more...
Sony had a huge weekend celebrating the PlayStation’s 20th anniversary with the release of a special edition 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 and hosting the PlayStation Experience at which the company revealed a plethora of new titles coming to its gaming platforms. However, Sony’s PlayStation Network suffered outages due to denial-of-service attacks over the weekend courtesy of a group claiming to be Lizard Squad. Sony confirmed that the network with a message that stated, “We are aware that users are having issues connecting to PSN. Thanks for your patience as we investigate.” While... Read more...
Sony Pictures Entertainment is not getting a break from the security break it experienced last month that resulted in Sony shutting down its computers. In the aftermath of the attack, the hackers, called Guardians of Peace, released a set of documents that included around 47,000 Social Security numbers for actors as well as current and former employees. The Wall Street Journal reviewed the leaked documents and discovered social security numbers for thousands of freelancers as well as current and former employees. SSNs were also found for Hollywood actors who have appeared in movies and TV shows,... Read more...
Sony is looking to make some changes in its business structure in order to start making a profit. Back in October the company reported a $1.25 billion net loss for the second quarter and revealed that it expects a $2.1 billion loss for the fiscal year. At an investors meeting, Sony revealed that its goals for TV and smartphones would be to turn a profit, even if that meant that sales would slide as much as 30 percent, but plans to focus more on its gaming division."We're not aiming for size or market share but better profits," said Sony Mobile Communications president Hiroki Totoki at the conference,... Read more...
Back on November 13, Wal-Mart announced that it would price match select online retailers which included Amazon.com. However, consumers took advantage of this and were recently able to scam Wal-Mart into price matching Sony’s $400 PlayStation 4 for only $90. Proof of the fraud was noticed by CNBC as photos of receipts were posted on Twitter and Reddit by consumers who were able to get Wal-Mart to match the price of third-party sellers on Amazon by tricking the employees into thinking it was an authentic-looking Amazon page. The problem is, any Amazon member that has a registered selling account... Read more...
It appears that Sony is looking to grab a slice of the eSports pie, which comes as no surprise. With the success of games such as League of Legends and Dota 2, it was only a matter of time before one of the console manufacturers decided to take the plunge. According to Spanish website Gamereactor, Sony revealed the PlayStation Official League, an eSports platform for the PlayStation 4, at a press event held at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Spain. Players will be able to win individual and team prizes by playing games such as Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, War Thunder and FIFA 15, with... Read more...
If you haven’t noticed by now, all of the Destiny trailers have been focused on PlayStation and, more recently, showcasing all of the exclusive content that will be available on Sony’s PlayStation consoles. However, Microsoft UK isn’t going to sit back and let people think that Destiny is only coming to the PS3 and PS4. To generate awareness that Destiny is also available on the Xbox One and Xbox 360, Microsoft UK has begun its own unofficial advertising campaign with Destiny Fragrance. Heading over to DestinyFragrance.com brings up a cheeky little picture of a perfume bottle... Read more...
As someone who doesn't own any of the current-gen consoles, there hasn't been too much coming out of the ongoing E3 to truly grab me. A major exception, though, is Sony's PlayStation TV, a "microconsole" device that's set to compete with the likes of Amazon's Fire TV. Released in Japan this past winter as "PlayStation Vita TV", the device ties into Sony's PlayStation Network to deliver all of its content. That content can include movies, TV shows, and of course, games. It's the latter that helps this device scream potential: Sony is experienced at making game consoles, and great games, too. The... Read more...
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