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Ever since ArcheAge's launch, Massively has been deluged with queries about Trion's use of Hackshield, an anti-cheating toolkit created by Korean company AhnLab, Inc. Western gamers aren't traditionally fond of such security programs; as of the time of this writing, even Hackshield's meager entry u...

October 7th 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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As small as the threat may be, Mac users can no longer claim immunity from attack by malicious software online. Many Mac users are starting to recognize this new reality and now Apple does, too. As noted in a recent PC World article, Apple has quietly removed the claim "It doesn't get PC viruses"...

June 26th 2012 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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When malware writers fail to generate clean, reliable code, just who can you trust? On the heels of many Windows XP 32-bit users facing blue screen of death errors and unwanted reboots, Microsoft is now confirming that there's a little bit of malicious code sitting at the root of it all. A rootkit,...

February 19th 2010 at 10:46am 0 Comments
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As if Mac gaming needed more problems getting off the ground. Transgaming has proudly announced that in the future, their games will include Sony's SecuROM digital rights management software. They don't mention which games will be getting the extremely restrictive DRM (that some folks have compared...

August 21st 2008 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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While everybody was busy with that BioShock "rootkit" false alarm -- and subsequently busy playing BioShock -- the folks at F-Secure were uncovering a new, legitimate rootkit problem in the software packaged with Sony's MicroVault USM-F fingerprint reader drives. It took Sony a little while to resp...

September 3rd 2007 at 9:16am 0 Comments
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BioShock is undoubtedly a critical darling, but it's not without its share of technical woes. 2K Games is already on the ball with the widescreen field of view "issue," and has even slackened activation requirements, allowing for up to five SecuROM activations per copy of BioShock. Unfortunately, ac...

August 25th 2007 at 4:39pm 0 Comments
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It's been two years since Sony BMG got hit with a number of class action lawsuits for shipping CDs that stealthily installed malware DRM on Windows machines without user permission, and it looks like the company is trying to get back the $5.75M it lost replacing affected discs by suing Amergence, th...

July 13th 2007 at 1:29pm 0 Comments
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Well that was quick. After forking over $750k to California on Tuesday to settle charges regarding its nefarious rootkit schemes, Sony BMG has brokered a similar deal with 39 more states in the US and A. Luckily for Sony, it looks like they've improved their per-state cost considerably, at a bargain...

December 21st 2006 at 4:42pm 0 Comments
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This one took a bit longer, but it looks like Sony is still wrapping up these rootkit lawsuits, and this here's another one decided in favor of the consumers. Sony BMG has just settled with attorneys general of LA and California for the low low price of $750,000 -- with the suit claiming that Sony's...

December 19th 2006 at 8:36pm 0 Comments
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Listen up anyone who "purchased, received, came into possession of or otherwise used" music CDs containing Sony's flawed DRM software anytime after August 1, 2003. Under the terms of the class action settlement approved Monday, you are entitled to file a claim for a replacement CD, free do...

May 23rd 2006 at 9:20am 0 Comments