Monthly Archives: February 2014

World’s biggest cyberattack detected, 360 million accounts, 1.25 Billion email addresses hacked

email-hackedAn internet security firm has stumbled upon a “mind boggling” and “Godzilla-sized” cache of personal data put up for sale on the online black market by hackers.

One of the hacker attacks stole over 105 million records making it the single largest data breach in cybercrime history.

The trove included credentials from more than 360 million accounts and around 1.25 billion email addresses. Continue reading

Hit indie game Minecraft to be made into a Hollywood movie

minecraftMinecraft, if you’re not familiar with the game, is an open world sandbox affair where players build structures and shape landscapes using blocks.

It’s been a major hit across PCs, consoles and mobile devices, with folks building some incredible replicas of, for example, King’s Landing from Games of Thrones.

Another famous block-building game, Lego, has just screened a very successful movie which opened earlier this month. Continue reading

Virgin Media rolls out 152Mb Broadband Speeds

virgin-media-152-mbps-internetVirgin Media has started rolling out broadband speeds of up to 152Mb, the rollout will start today and will affect around 12.5m of the company’s UK customers.

The rollout is the result of a significant upgrade to Virgin Media’s broadband infrastructure and will, according to the network, result in speeds 19x faster than Ofcom’s definition of regular broadband.

Of course the 152Mb won’t be available to all customers instead it’s part of a broad speed update that affects all of Virgin Media’s packages. Continue reading

Xbox One price cut to match out-performing PlayStation 4

xboxMicrosoft is to drop the price of its new Xbox One console – just over three months after its release.

The console, currently priced in the UK at £429, with a bundled game, will drop to £399 on Friday and will include major title Titanfall in the package.

So far, the drop will only apply to the UK.

The new cost brings the console in line with the price of Sony’s PlayStation 4, which is outselling Microsoft’s machine.

However, the PlayStation 4 can be bought without a game for £349. Continue reading

Top Gun frame-by-frame tweeter Shot Down by Lawyers

top-gun-twitterA Twitter account that was being used to tweet the film Top Gun frame by frame has been suspended following a complaint from the film studio.

Lawyers for Paramount Pictures said that the retelling of the 1986 film breached its copyright.
But the decision has been derided on social media sites as heavy-handed.

The user had been posting updates, which included captions, for more than a month, but still had the majority of the film to cover. Continue reading

Lee Rigby murder: Adebolajo and Adebowale jailed

Lee-RigbyMichael Adebolajo has been given a whole-life term and Michael Adebowale has been jailed for a minimum of 45 years for murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby.

Adebolajo, 29, and Adebowale, 22, drove into Fusilier Rigby with a car before hacking him to death in Woolwich, south-east London, in May last year.

The judge, Mr Justice Sweeney, said Adebolajo’s was one of those “rare cases” warranting a whole-life term.

The pair were absent during sentencing after a fracas in the dock. Continue reading