Comcast and TiVo's long-running negotiations (think five years, people) to bring TiVo software to Comcast's set-top boxes is now officially dead. As are TiVo's hopes, as far as we're concerned. Also, CNET may have tipped off Sony to yet another planned attack this weekend, and good news! They stopped it! Bad news: PSN and Qriocity may not be fully operational until May 31. Also, a civil war seems to be brewing over at Anonymous, and you can't pay attention because you have too much brain. --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Still coping with the aftereffects of a pair of attacks that has compromised as many as 100 million accounts and which caused two online gaming services to be taken offline, Japanese electronics giant Sony is considering offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the attackers, people familiar with the matter say.
The company hasn't reached a final decision concerning whether it will offer a reward, and may decide not to do it at all, but the option is on the table, sources told me today. The fact that Sony is considering a reward at … Read more
NASA proves Einstein is still a genius, just in case you forgot. Anonymous officially denies being involved in hacking the Playstation Network, Facebook and Google want Skype, and we're getting even closer to a world of digital distribution. Apple and EA are going to make sure of it.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
It's Caroline McCarthy's final appearance on The 404 before she makes a move to the Googleplex where she'll be a member of the company's new Trends & Insights team. That also means she'll be splitting her time between Google projects and redirecting all of Google's 404 error pages to the show blog. But before she leaves, we're thanking her for all her help with The 404, introducing us to guests like Dennis Crowley of FourSquare, Dave Karp of Tumblr, Rex Sorgatz of 4Food, and many more. She's also credited for being the first to suggest recording our chats for a CNET Podcast, so we owe it all to her! Join us on today's show to see what kind of gifts she brings, as we share our best intoxication stories in the spirit of a hilarious Reddit picture.The 404 Digest for Episode 814 Follow Caroline on her personal blog! Reddit, what is the drunkest photo ever taken of you? Still playing Game Boy! Episode 814 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
A letter purporting to represent the Anonymous hacking group claims the organization was not behind the PlayStation Network attack.
"If a legitimate and honest investigation...is conducted, Anonymous will not be found liable," reads the letter, which was posted to the Web yesterday. "While we are a distributed and decentralized group, our 'leadership' does not condone credit card theft."
The letter is a response to accusations on Sony's part that Anonymous is responsible for last month's massive assault on its customer data.
Earlier yesterday, Sony Computer Entertainment Chief Kazuo Hirai wrote in a letter … Read more
While he did not say the Anonymous hacker group stole Sony customer data, the chairman of Sony Online Entertainment told a Congressional subcommittee today that the timing of the breach and evidence found during the investigation point toward the group, even if it wasn't directly responsible.
A file planted on a Sony Online Entertainment server during the computer intrusion was named "Anonymous," Kazuo Hirai, chairman of the board of directors of Sony Computer Entertainment America, said in a written response to questions posed by the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, which is part of the U.… Read more
The hacker group Anonymous has its next denial-of-service (DoS) target in sight: Iran, CNET has learned.
Members of the loosely organized group are planning "Operation Iran," an attack designed to shut down Iranian Web sites beginning Sunday, according to their latest online proclamation. May 1 is International Worker's Day.
"The people of Iran have the admiration of Anonymous, and the entire world," the statement says. "We can see that Iran still suffers at the hands of those in power. Your former government has seized control, and tries to silence you. People of Iran--your rights … Read more
It's not uncommon for the average dweller to have thousands of dollars worth of technology in his or her home, so we spend the first part of today's episode talking about what you can do to ensure the safety of your gaming consoles, HDTVs, computers, and other gear. On a related note, there's a lot of video game news to get to, including the indefinite closure of Sony's PlayStation Network, the new Mortal Kombat, and speculation about the next Nintendo Wii.The 404 Digest for Episode 807 Burglars leave a home empty... except for the Nintendo Wii. Take extra steps like this to protect your iMac. The Sony PlayStation network shuts down indefinitely; Anonymous claims innocence. PlayStation 3: it only does offline. Mortal Kombat is dying for a reboot. This is why the print industry is losing to online publications. Support the work of unofficial 404 graphic designer Blake Stevenson of Jetpacks and Rollerskates. Episode 807 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
Several Sony Web sites were offline today only days after the Anonymous hacker group threatened to target the company over its lawsuit against PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz.
"We are currently investigating, including the possibility of targeted behavior of an outside party," Sony said in a statement. "If this is indeed caused by such an act, we want to once again thank our customers who have borne … Read more
The first three months of the year have so far witnessed a rise in malware and some notable cyberattacks, according to a report released today by Panda Security.
Tracking a big jump in malware (PDF), Panda Security has uncovered on average around 73,000 new types of threats being released every day. That's a 26 percent increase during this year's first quarter compared with the same period in 2010.
Among the various flavors of malware, Trojan horses have accounted for around 70 percent of all threats so far this year. That points to Trojans as a tool favored … Read more