More Reviews
REVIEWS Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Rebor Review
Just a small update to the existing review for the PS4 version of the game. What are the benefits to upgrading? Check here to see. ~Ed. Nick Tan

Cut the Rope: Triple Treat Review
Cutting the ropes has never before made gravity so… pricey.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Sniper Elite 3 Preview
Sending bullets through the hate.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Trials Fusion
Release date: Out Now

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Release date: 04/29/14

Bound by Flame
Release date: 05/09/14

Wolfenstein: The New Order
Release date: 05/20/14


LATEST FEATURES 4 PAX Indie Titles to Look Out For
We've given attention to all the higher profile games at PAX EAST, but now it's time for the indies.

Ouya's Best Games Coming to the Platform
The Kickstarter console is slowly establishing itself with a couple of creative gems on the way.
 
Coming Soon

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP shandog137
So much more than war...
By shandog137
Posted on 04/18/14
The recent blog, Peace in the Era of Call of Duty  really made me think about war games that dig deeper than simply a kill streak reward. The first game that came to mind was Spec-Ops: The Line and although I haven’t played it, I began to wonder if it did the war genre as...

Video Game Cyber-Terror Out of Control, Wake Up Call for Governments

Posted on Monday, June 13 @ 11:23:59 Eastern by


Hacking is now becoming the bane of the gaming industry. And not the hacking we're all used to, but hacks that grant users features that aren't available officially. These new hacks are more attacks than anything else and certainly aren't helping anyone - the largest of which took down the entire PlayStation Network for over a month, leaving over 77 million user accounts compromised.

Just when you thought the dust had settled on that fiasco, another few have begun. Over the weekend, Epic Games and Nintendo both confirmed that hacking attempts were made on their websites and user accounts. Following those announcements, Bethesda released a statement that hackers have also set their sights on Bethesda's sites and forums.

Over the past weekend, a hacker group attempted an unlawful intrusion of our websites to gain access to data...

We believe we have taken appropriate action to protect our data against these attacks. While no personal financial information or credit card data was obtained, the hackers may have gained access to some user names, email addresses, and/or passwords.

That type of statement is all too familiar these days.

Definitely not cool, hackers. The question is, what do these hackers have to gain from doing this aside from notoriety? And if that's their twisted reasoning, why is that notoriety so desired? I could understand GeoHot's motivations, I could even somewhat understand where Anonymous was coming from at first. But even they backed off when they realized they were only harming the gaming community.

These high-level hacking attempts are making various governments feel a little unsettled. The Pentagon has sent out a warning that any cyber-attacks made on US infrastructure would be considered "acts of war" and could retaliate with a full-blown military response. Granted they're not talking about these video-game-website hackers, but something else much more serious. But that doesn't mean that these hackers are capable of hacking into government systems.

It's not just the US military, either. Early last week, Spanish officials apprehended three members of cyber "hacktivist" group, Anonymous, in connection with the Sony attacks. But that didn't exactly go the way they had planned. Other members of Anonymous stuck back with DDoS attacks against Spain's policia.es website, taking it down for hours.

32 members of Anonymous were arrested in Turkey in connection with that attack. But seeing the game of tug of war that's going on, we wouldn't be surprised to see more attacks aimed at Turkey.

So how and when does this end? Even if these hackers believe strongly in their cause--and they do--it's still illegal (mostly). What they're doing in the video game industry end of things really doesn't seem to have any point or clear goal. Elsewhere, these attacks on government entities seem to a big mistake and is only drawing more attention to the severity of the situation.

From 2001 on, it's been all about the War on Terror. And it's a fight that will rage on forever with no real winner. While this new form of cyber-terror takes on less casualties of war, as we head into a fully digital age, these hackers are armed with extremely dangerous tools with almost no limit to the havoc they can cause. With no apparent identity, it appears as if they cannot be easily stopped.

It's out of control and there's no end in sight.

comments powered by Disqus




More On GameRevolution