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Valve Bans More Counter-Strike Pros, Tells Them Not to Bet on Matches

<b>Update:</b><p>After the aptly named player Paweł "innocent" Mocek protested that his team, ex-ESC, was banned without proof, Valve investigated the matter further and reversed its ban on him and his teammates.<p>"The ex-ESC players were restricted from participating in Valve-sponsored events because their …

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LizardSquad’s DDoS tool is mostly powered by hacked home routers

LizardSquad, the group who knocked Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network offline over Christmas, subsequently revealed that their motive was to publicise their ‘booter’ site, designed to allow paying customers to knock sites offline.<p>Now Brian Krebs of KrebsOnSecurity, who has been investigating the …

How Lizard Squad brought down both Sony and Microsoft, and how to help stop them

The secret sauce in Lizard Squad's malicious attack on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network over the Christmas holiday was accomplished using a network of hacked consumer-grade routers, reports Krebsonsecurity.com.<p>Calling the anonymous members of Lizard Squad a "group of young hoodlums," Krebs reports …

Why PSN went down: Lizard Squad’s capabilities ‘far exceed typical DDoS groups’

The threat is real, and it is only getting worse.<p>The group that has claimed responsibility for taking down the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live online gaming services is capable of doing real damage, according to NexusGuard chief scientist Terrence Gareau. NexusGuard is a cyber-security firm that …

Hackers reportedly leak Xbox One SDK in the name of 'creativity and research'

A full version of Microsoft's official Xbox One software development kit was reportedly leaked by hacking group H4LT, according to an announcement and screenshots made available from the group's official Twitter account.<p>The alleged SDK leak could open up the possibility for developers to create …

PlanetSide 2 collision bug causes 'teabagging' confusion among players

A bug in Sony Online Entertainment's massively multiplayer online shooter <i>PlanetSide 2</i> that appeared to restrict the act of "teabagging" one's opponents caused confusion among the community today, opening up a larger discussion about the role of the mocking gesture in the game.<p>Teabagging, or …