102w ago - Following up on his previous update, today PlayStation Vita hacker SKFU reports that he may have uncovered a PS Vita encryption flaw.
To quote from his page: Since I finally have access to a retail PS VITA, today I started with some basic tests.
After a complete freeze of the system within the first 5 minutes after unboxing (*always happens to new consoles 4 me rofl*), I went on and noticed that there is a problem with the VITA's encryption functions and was able to decrypt some test files directly via the system.
A team of researchers from the U.S., Switzerland and the Netherlands have found a way of bypassing the security of digital certificates provided by companies like Verisign. These digital certificates help transmit your credit card information on the Internet in a secure manner.
By using 200 PS3 systems linked together, researchers were able to do the math that helped them decrypt the MD5 hash that's used by Verisign. The researchers would be able to mimic online retail sites, potentially stealing tons of valuable information from consumers. It appears researchers want the hash to be replaced by a more potent one.
260w ago - Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer are being urged by experts to switch to a rival until a serious security flaw has been fixed.
The flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer could allow criminals to take control of people's computers and steal their passwords, Internet experts say. Microsoft urged people to be vigilant while it investigated and prepared an emergency patch to resolve it.
"Microsoft is continuing its investigation of public reports of attacks against a new vulnerability in Internet Explorer," said the firm in a security advisory alert about the flaw.
Microsoft says it has detected attacks against IE 7.0 but said the "underlying vulnerability" was present in all versions of the browser. Other browsers, such as Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari, are not vulnerable to the flaw Microsoft has identified.
"In this case, hackers found the hole before Microsoft did," said Rick Ferguson, senior security advisor at Trend Micro. "This is never a good thing."
As many as 10,000 Web sites have been compromised since the vulnerability was discovered, he said.
"What we've seen from the exploit so far is it stealing game passwords, but it's inevitable that it will be adapted by criminals," he said. "It's just a question...
290w ago - How do you make what is possibly the greatest 3D fighting game engine ever seen, and then get the camera utterly, utterly wrong? Ask Team Ninja. In Ninja Gaiden II it has produced a masterpiece of flowing and vicious combat that is - though not ruined - severely hampered by the most basic of design flaws.
In their own ways, both of those aspects are incredible. Levels move from big fight to big fight, each one held in differently proportioned locations and with a subtly different blend of enemies. Every one its own challenge, every one a little design lesson of its own.
Enemies have more guard bypasses than the original (some of which are so brutal they'll remove more than half of your health), move around you more intelligently and attack without mercy. If you get caught out and don't respond quickly, Ryu will be dispatched within a few seconds in a swift combination of attacks from multiple foes.
Getting surrounded by more than two or three (which happens easily with the sheer force of numbers NGII throws at you) will almost certainly see you losing a great deal of health, if not collapsing in a bloody heap.
Just as well that Ryu's been in training. He's much more effective than his previous incarnations, possessed of a dizzying range of stylish, efficient and very...