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A brief history of video game saves and data modification

Games consoles and handhelds have always been an interesting battleground for hacking activities. The homebrew scene for using hardware in interesting ways has a long and varied history, especially where porting games to run on different platforms is concerned. Tampering with games while playing them to gain a distinct advantage has always been frowned upon by the majority of players and … [Read more...]

Discord users tempted by bots offering “free Nitro games”

The last few weeks have seen multiple instances of problematic bots appearing in Discord channels. They bring tidings of gifts, but the reality is quite a bit different. Given so many more young kids and teens are at home during the current global lockdown, they may well see this scam bouncing around their chat channels. Worried parents may want to point them in this direction to learn about the … [Read more...]

Fake Elder Scrolls Online developers go phishing on PlayStation

A player of popular gaming title Elder Scrolls Online recently took to Reddit to warn users of a phish via Playstation messaging. This particular phishing attempt is notable for ramping up the pressure on recipients—a classic social engineering technique taken to the extreme. A terms of service violation? In MMORPG land, the scammers take a theoretically plausible deadline, crunch it into … [Read more...]

Parallels Desktop 15: 10 Features in 10 Minutes (OK, more like 8 minutes!)

I spent most of August traveling around Asia and presenting demonstrations of Parallels Desktop® 15 for Mac to various audiences, including technical press, bloggers and Parallels partners. The new Parallels Desktop feature that received the most positive reaction? The conversion to Metal and support for DirectX 11 in Windows. Also well received was the ability to play Xbox games in Windows 10 … [Read more...]

Video game portrayals of hacking: NITE Team 4

Note: The developers of NITE Team 4 granted the blog author access to the game plus DLC content. A little while ago, an online acquaintance of mine asked if a new video game based on hacking called NITE Team 4 was in any way realistic, or “doable” in terms of the types of hacking it portrayed (accounting for the necessary divergences from how things would work outside of a scripted, plot-goes-here … [Read more...]

Humble Bundle alerts customers to subscription reveal bug

You’ll want to check your mailbox if you have a Humble Bundle account, as they’re notifying some customers of a bug used to gather subscriber information. Click to enlarge The mail reads as follows: Hello, Last week, we discovered someone using a bug in our code to access limited non-personal information about Humble Bundle accounts. The bug did not expose email addresses, but the person … [Read more...]

Fortnite gamers targeted by data theft malware

The new season of the incredibly popular video game Fortnite is upon us, and so too are the scams. It’s no surprise that con artists would jump on this bandwagon, eager to peddle their fakeouts. Only this time, scammers had something a little more dangerous in mind than your typical low-level surveys and downloads that never actually materialize. Among all the gluttony of scams there hid a … [Read more...]

Happy anniversary to Dreamcast…and its scams

This month marks 20 years since the legendary SEGA Dreamcast console was first announced. Looked on fondly by gamers, it revolutionised many aspects of gaming and brought cheap(ish) online console gaming to the masses. Click to enlarge SEGA has endured many, many calls for it to come back as Dreamcast 2. The games are widely demanded as retro remakes, and it’s never quite faded from public … [Read more...]

Exploring the virtual worlds of advergaming

Games and analytics services ran into one another headfirst recently, in a spat related to the game Conan Exiles. Developers had to remove a tracking service, which allowed game developers to track where Steam players had come from. By generating an API key and integrating it into the game, developers could figure out which ad campaigns (for example) had directed gamers to Steam at first … [Read more...]