Deus Ex: Human Revolution Missing Link DLC launch trailer


Deus Ex: Human Revolution Missing Link DLC launch trailer

Square Enix has just released the launch trailer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution DLC titled as “The Missing Link”. This new DLC explores Jensen’s attempts to escape captivity after facing torture by Belltower.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution screen

According to details revealed by Square Enix, the DLC will include new achievements and trophies but no new Augmentations. The Missing Link DLC carries a price tag of 1200 MS Points, £8.99 and €11.25 on PSN, and £8.99 and €10.99 on OnLive and Steam.

Watch the launch trailer below:

Apple sci-tech research solution improves


Apple sci-tech research solution improves

Apple has released a new version of its Apple Workgroup Cluster.

“Thanks to qualified, integrated components and easy-to-use management tools, the Apple Workgroup Cluster has everything you need to get up and running quickly. Add cluster-aware commercial applications, such as iNquiry, gridMathematica or the MATLAB Distributed Computing Engine, or develop your own custom applications using Xcode. You’ll soon discover the fastest and most affordable path to cluster computing,” the company reveals.

The upgrade adds third-party applications and a new switch and the cluster now starts with eight processors.

It ships with an Xserve G5, Apple Remote Desktop, Xcode and Mac OS X 10.4 Server.

The research solutions bundle also adds Foundry EdgeIron switches, Xrack PRO2 or APC VX racks, APC Smart-UPS, and power and ethernet cables.

Customer testimonials on Apple’s website point out the simplicity of Apple’s affordably-priced solution.

“The hardest part of the installation was finding a screwdriver,” said Michael Chute of the US Naval Medical Research Center. “Within two or three hours, we had the whole machine up and interconnected,” said Doctor Michael Barmada of the University of Pittsburgh.

Apple believes that because it ships a complete solution at the same time as ensuring it can be easily assembled even by a non-computer technician, it offers researchers an easy route to research.

Apple has case studies and other information on Workgroup Cluster implementations available online.

Price on this solution is unavailable.

Ubisoft: No always-on DRM for Driver San Francisco


Ubisoft: No always-on DRM for Driver San Francisco

Ubisoft has just announced that Driver San Francisco PC gamers will no longer need a persistent internet connection. The publisher however confirmed that the game will still require a single online activation.

Driver San Francisco screenshot

In an interview to Rock Paper Shotgun, Ubisoft said, “We’ve heard your feedback regarding the permanent internet connection requirement for Driver and have made the decision to no longer include it,”

“So this means that Driver PC gamers will only need to sign in at game launch but can subsequently choose to play the game offline.”

Driver San Francisco will launch on September 2 for Xbox 360, PS3. The PC version of the game will launch on September 27.

Windows worm strikes 250,000 PCs


Windows worm strikes 250,000 PCs

The new breed of Windows 2000 worms that emerged Tuesday have spread fast and have now infected an estimated 250,000 systems, security experts claim.

Infections are primarily of Windows 2000 systems being run in corporate environments, according to security vendor Computer Associates International. (CA).

The worms received widespread media attention after CNN reported that it had been affected by the problem, but on Wednesday representatives from companies that had been affected downplayed the level of disruption.

Worms aim at corporates

Because of the design of the worms, they have largely left home users unaffected and have instead focused on spreading within corporate networks, according to security experts interviewed Wednesday.

An undisclosed number of internal systems at telecommunications provider SBC Communications were affected by the worms, beginning late Tuesday, said Wes Warnock, an SBC spokesman, but the outages had no effect on the company’s voice or data networks, he added.

American Express was also hit, according to company spokeswoman Judy Tenzer. “We did experience some issues with some of our computer desktops and much of that has now been resolved,” she said.

The New York Times confirmed Wednesday that some of its systems had been infected, and ABC television network, a unit of Walt Disney, is also reported to have been hit.

Media frenzy as systems fail

While CA estimates over 250,000 systems have been affected by different variants of the plug-and-play worms, these attacks have received special attention because they have hit media outlets, according to Sam Curry, vice president of CA’s eTrust Security Management division. In the past, lesser-reported attacks have hit similar numbers of computers, he said. “We see numbers climb out into the hundreds of thousands and it never gets attention,” he said. “Who gets affected will influence how much publicity this gets.”

CA is rating the viruses as a low to medium threat and most of its customers have not generally been widely affected by them, Curry said. “We have little to no escalations from customers that have been affected by it,” Curry said. “We have no one saying, ‘Oh my God I’m in trouble,’ but we do have customers calling up and saying what do I need to know?”

However, McAfee Inc.’s antivirus response team raised its risk assessment to “high” for one worm variant, called IRCBot worm. Late Tuesday it said it had received more than 150 reports of the worm either being stopped or infecting users’ PCs, mostly in the US but also from Europe and Asia.

By Wednesday, Symantec customers had reported just over 230 instances of the worms, the company said. This was far less than the thousands of reports that the company had received on highly publicized worm outbreaks such as last year’s Sasser worm, Symantec said.

Patch those leaky Windows

It’s certainly not a Sasser; it’s certainly not a Slammer,” said Russ Cooper, senior information security analyst for Cybertrust. “Our recommendation to our customers is to get patches applied within 90 days, because the normal mechanisms should prevent this from getting to your organization.”

According to Cooper, the best way for corporations to protect themselves from these attacks is to ensure that they secure all the devices that connect to their networks. “These things are getting in through VPN (virtual private network) users or though home or travelling users,” he said. “This is a common failing in organizations they have protection at a gateway, but meanwhile they let their home users connect via VPN.”

The worms all stem from a vulnerability reported August 9 in Microsoft’s Windows 2000 Plug and Play service. They will cause infected systems to reboot and infected systems are then instructed to download a variety of malicious software that is then used to attack other systems, antivirus vendors said.

Microsoft’s Web page, “What you should know about Zotob”, includes links to the patch and was updated Tuesday.

McAfee’s website full of security holes, researcher says


McAfee’s website full of security holes, researcher says

The McAfee.com website is full of security mistakes that could lead to cross-site scripting and other attacks, researchers said in a post on the Full Disclosure site on Monday. The holes with the site were found by the YGN Ethical Hacker Group, and reported to McAfee on Feb. 10, YGN says, before they were publicly disclosed to the security/hacking mailing list.

In addition to cross-site scripting, YGN discovered numerous information disclosure holes with the site including seeing an internal hostname and finding 18 source code disclosures. The portion of the site that could be used for XC scripting attack hosts some of McAfee’s files for downloading software, YGN says on its Full Disclosure post.

This isn’t just embarrassing, but also somewhat discrediting for McAfee, which markets a McAfee Secure service to enterprises for their customer-facing websites. McAfee Secure scans a website daily for “thousands of hacker vulnerabilities,” the company advertises. If the site is found to “be certified” to McAfee’s “high standard of security,” then users of McAfee anti-malware products see a “McAfee Secure” label in their browsers. McAfee Secure claims to test for personal information access, links to dangerous sites, phishing, and other embedded malicious dangers that a website might unknowingly be hosting.

“In other words, the presence of this label means that the website is not vulnerable to the exact same vulnerabilities [McAfee.com] currently has,” writes security researcher Pablo Ximenes, from the Information Security Research Team of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, in his blog. “Don’t get me wrong, I have no interest in damaging McAfee’s image, I even own a company that sells McAfee products, but this is a serious lack of diligence with customers and resellers that must not go unnoticed,” he writes.

According to YGN, after reporting the flaws on the McAfee website to the vendor on Feb. 10, McAfee responded to the report on Feb. 12, saying, “We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.” When, as of March 27, YGN found the flaws “to be unfixed completely,” YGN publicly disclosed them. YGN offered two tongue-in-cheek recommendations to McAfee for addressing the issues: that the company should make better use of its own internal website security experts from Foundstone, a Web security services company McAfee acquired in 2004, and that the company should “use outbound monitoring of traffic to detect potential information leakage.”

This is not the first time that McAfee’s website was found to be lacking security. In 2008, websites from McAfee, Symantec and VeriSign were all found to have cross-site scripting (XSS) errors, according to security watchdog at the time XSSed.

Additionally, in 2009, white-hat hacker Methodman, a member of the Team Elite, published proof-of-concept attacks against websites kc.mcafee.com and mcafeerebates.com. In April 2010, the McAfee.com community forums were defaced via an XC scripting attack.

McAfee told Network World that it is investigating the Full Disclosure vulnerabilities report.

Double update from Apple


Double update from Apple

Apple has released two software updates – DVD Player 3.0.1 and AppleWorks 6.2.2.

The DVD Player 3.0.1 is for Mac OS X users, and is available through the Software Update Control panel. This is a maintenance upgrade offering better performance and stability. The update also brings the application to blue-&-white Power Mac G3s and PCI-graphics-based G4s.

Apple’s DVD Player Update 2.7 for Mac OS 9 for OS 9.1 or later, and has been developed for slot-loading iMacs, AGP Graphics Power Mac G4s, FireWire-equipped PowerBooks and new iBooks. It adds support for AGP graphics displays, as well as for ATI and Nvidia graphics cards. It also improves stability and performance, kills some bugs and allows DVD authors to play DVD content from a hard disk.

The AppleWorks 6.2.2 update makes Apple’s bundled office software work better in Mac OS X 10.1. This update “improves compatibility and boosts performance”, Apple claims.It will not update versions of AppleWorks older that 6.2.

Vodafone red-faced after blog site hacked


Vodafone red-faced after blog site hacked

Anti-corporate campaigners have embarrassed phone giant Vodafone, gaining access to blog accounts run by the company to post copy critical of its claimed policies on UK tax.

The rogue blogs were only available on Vodafone’s World of Difference charity programme website for around 20 minutes before being taken down, but that was long enough for campaigning group, UK Uncut, to post a press release on the event.

The ‘hack’ happened after a number of people given access to the site to post under the auspices of World of Difference leaked the passwords to UK Uncut, allowing campaigners to post what they liked.

This is reported to have included photographs from recent UK Uncut demonstrations at Vodafone phone stores as well as articles slating the company for its alleged tax avoidance. One was titled ‘Vodafone’s Tax Dodge £6bn. Cuts to charities £5bn.’

“Vodafone make a big deal out of their funding to charity, but their charitable giving pales into insignificance compared to the £6 billion they got away without paying in tax,” read the UK Uncut press release, quoting one of the anonymous young bloggers that had leaked his or her password.

“I work for a charity and understand how the government’s brutal spending cuts will hit the poorest and most vulnerable. So many charities, including mine, are under threat. Vodafone’s tax dodge alone could pay for every cut to every charity in the country.”

UK Uncut also campaigns against public sector spending cuts being implemented by the Government.

“World of Difference winners are doing great things for charities up and down the country. It’s very sad to see how low people will go to further spread misinformation and for the charitable programme to be used as a platform for this kind of protest,” Vodafone responded in a statement on its website.

World of Difference is part of the company’s attempt to portray itself as a responsible, ‘engaged’ enterprise. The UK Uncut postings will count as a very small event in security terms but also highly embarrassing.

Galaxy 1.02 design apps plug-ins posted


Galaxy 1.02 design apps plug-ins posted

The Plugin Site has announced version 1.02 of Plugin Galaxy for the Macintosh.

The software is a collection of 20 plug-ins with over 120 image effects, from transparency manipulation to warping. The software can be used with a variety of applications, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, ImageReady and PageMaker.

New features include extending the slider range from 16 to 32 pixels. Compatibility with Fireworks has also been improved, although it is not perfect.

Plugin Galaxy 1.02 can be purchased for $49.95, and trial versions are available. No UK pricing is available.

Square Enix to reopen hacked site, says no private data lost


Square Enix to reopen hacked site, says no private data lost

Japanese game developer Square Enix said Monday that no private data was stolen when a server for a fan site was hacked last week, and it plans to reopen the site to users by the end of the year.

The company shut down the “Square Enix Members” site for the US and Japan last week immediately after finding unknown parties had accessed its server. The hacked machine stores registration details including email addresses, names, addresses and phone numbers on 1.8 million users, but no credit card information.

The European version of the site was not affected.

An investigation has revealed that the database containing the private details was not accessed, so Square Enix aims to have the site up and running by the end of the year, a spokeswoman said. The company has reported the incident to the Japanese government, but did not reveal what part of the server was hit or anything it has discovered on the hackers.

The site provides updates, blogs and community forums on Square Enix games, and has 1 million registered users from Japan and 800,000 from the U.S. Users will be updated on the hacking attack by email.

In May, Square Enix said the web site of a Canadian subsidiary and two product sites had suffered hacking attacks. It said 350 applicants’ resumes and up to 25,000 email addresses were stolen in that attack.

Spencer promises great E3 2014, "Spending 90% of time seeing E3 2014 line-up, packed with games from begining to end"


Spencer promises great E3 2014, “Spending 90% of time seeing E3 2014 line-up, packed with games from begining to end”

Time and again Phil Spencer has talked about E3 2014 line-up of Microsoft. Recently he stated that Microsoft E3 2014 press conference is already crossing 90 minutes time limit mark and engineers are working to remove extra content.

Xbox OneToday in an interview to our friend at MCV, Spencer once again talked about the lessons Microsoft learned after Xbox One reveal event and E3 2013 event, and how 90 percent of his time is spend looking at E3 2014 line-up which will be packed with games and only games from start to end.

“We are just coming off the heels of Titanfall, which was a major launch for us on Xbox One. It saw the highest usage on Xbox Live in the Xbox One generation to-date in that first week. We feel really good about that. And the attach rates for our launch games were really high.

And now I am spending 90 per cent of my time looking at our launch line-up for E3 and into the fall, and the line-up of new IP and sequels is really strong. And the content that we have see coming over the spring has continued to keep the run-rate of Xbox doing well, with new exclusives. And when we go into E3, it is going to be a great show, packed with games from beginning to end.

And then starting in the fall, you are going to see another great list of new IP and franchises coming that will keep gamers excited. The ebb and flow of when games come out is an art form and it would be nice if one could be penciled in every week. But that’s not what leads to the best product and we stay focused on our games and our partner games to make sure we get the best titles to market at the right time.”

Microsoft recently promoted Phil Spencer to the post of Xbox Division Boss, and it seems like he is taking all the right decision. What you guys have to say about Phil Spencer and things you expect to see at Microsoft’s E3 2014 press conference.