One of the best things about the many Android-powered eReaders on the market today is that they are very hackable. Android as the background operating system allows users to unlock the devices and install all manner of apps that the manufacturer probably never intended. One of those hackable eReaders is the Nook Simple Touch.
Minecraft is a sandbox-type game where you gather materials and use them to create things, which is about as understated a description as "the sun is a big bright light in the sky." The poster child for indie gaming success, Minecraft began as a basement coding project by hat-wearing Swede Markus Persson in 2010; it has since become a bona fide phenomenon.
The developers at ArenaNet have posted a new status update for players of Guild Wars 2, informing players about their acknowledgement of the account security problem and the recent rash of hacks that have seen many players lose their game accounts.
According to the studio, hackers have acquired “lists of email addresses and passwords stolen from other games and web sites, and collected through spyware, and are systematically testing Guild Wars 2 looking for matching accounts.” The breach, says ArenaNet, comes not from the game itself but from external sources.
Even the most devoted Diablo III fanatic will probably have a hard time arguing that the game is as compelling once you've reached the level 60 cap and are stuck looking for increasingly rare legendary gear just to get your stat advancement fix. Those late game junkies won't have to suffer through withdrawal much longer, though, as Blizzard has announced a new Paragon system that adds 100 more levels of potential character advancement on top of the current cap.
The silver lining in Thursday's news that hackers extracted significant user information from online gaming empire Blizzard was that passwords were protected by an encryption scheme the company said is "extremely difficult" to crack. We reported that the use of cryptographic "salts" made it "extremely unlikely" that plaintext passwords could be derived from the cryptographic hashes. Security researchers, including those at Sophos and Intego, agreed.