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Valve Tried to Trick Half Life 2 Hacker Into Fake Job Interview

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296w ago - After the secret source code for its then-unreleased shooter Half Life 2 showed up on file sharing services in 2003, game-maker Valve Software cooked up an elaborate ruse with the FBI targeting the German hacker suspected in the leak, even setting up a fake job interview in an effort to lure him to the United States for arrest.

The gambit ultimately failed, and Axel "Ago" Gembe remained safely in Germany. He was indicted last month in Los Angeles on new charges of creating the Agobot malware, and sharing it with a crew of U.S. hackers who used it to stage denial-of-service attacks in 2003.

In September 2003, the source code for the much-anticipated Half Life 2 game turned up online, and Valve's managing director, Gabe Newell, revealed that the company's network had been breached. In a post to the company's Web forum, Newell asked for gamer's assistance in finding the hackers responsible.

"If you have information about ... the infiltration of our network, please send the details," Newell wrote. "There are some pretty obvious places to start with the posts and records in IRC, so if you can point us in the right direction, that would be great."

Two anonymous sources who'd seen the hack discussed in IRC channels came forward and began feeding the FBI chat transcripts pertaining...
 

Video: Life in LittleBigPlanet - Episode 2 Available

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301w ago - Per Jeff Rubenstein (Social Media Manager) via PS Blog today:

Our first dive into the world of LittleBigPlanet taught us all about the SackBoy, now it's time for another visit!

The second episode in this series takes us deeper into the wonders of LBP. This time we answer the question- "How do SackBoys Play?" You'll soon find out, alone or in a pack, these little guys know how to have a good time.





He also posted some details for those receiving their LBP BETA keys as follows:

If you receive a code, this paragraph becomes relevant to you:

1. Public Beta Ends October 11th, 2008
2. You must use a consumer PLAYSTATION 3 system that is connected to the Internet.
3. You must have a PLAYSTATION Network Account.
4. If you have previously redeemed a LBP voucher code, you must delete any old LBP data (along with save data and game data) and download this version (go to Download History and redownload the new code).
5. This version does not require a DNS redirect and levels created here will be available for consumers at launch of the full title.
6. Please refrain from creating anything inappropriate,...
 

Rimon: Start your Life with PlayStation!

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304w ago - As a follow-up to the initial announcement HERE, this is what Sr. Development Manager at SCEA R&D Noam Rimon has to add:

If you've ever wished you could find everything you need to start your day on your PLAYSTATION 3, Life with PlayStation give you one more reason to do so.

This free service delivers a new way for you to utilize your PS3 to instantly access real-time news and information like weather updates from over 60 cities around the world.

I've also put together a quick video demo to make sure you're checking out all the new features below:





Life with PlayStation provides a stunning interactive globe, a 3D world map that you can twirl around to see live cloud movement courtesy of the University of Wisconsin, combined with up-to-date weather information from the Weather Channel, top news headlines provided by Google news, and live web cam images via the Earth Television Network – all localized to the select city.

And why not have your favorite soundtrack playing in the background while you go through...
 

Life with PlayStation Officially Live and Available Now!

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304w ago - I noticed this on PS3Fanboy and have tried on my EU PS3. After the updates folding at home is now called Life with PlayStation.

To quote: Life With PlayStation was leaked yesterday, but now it's officially available to download. Simply go to Network -> Folding@Home.

You'll be prompted to download two update files. Once you're done, Folding@Home will be replaced on your XMB with Life With PlayStation.

Don't worry -- you can still cure cancer. But now you'll be able to check the news, listen to music, and research the weather all from one app.
 

Life with PlayStation Screenshot And Video Leaks Available!

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304w ago - Although Sony stated that Life with PlayStation was released by mistake earlier today, and has since been removed, some users managed to grab the 126MB file download.

Below is a screenshot of Life with PlayStation, with several more linked above on the official US PlayStation board courtesy of Chunk420.

Finally, below is a video of Life with PlayStation in action, which made made available by gaffyh via GameTrailers.

Check them out while you can, and if you snagged the file drop it on RapidShare/MegaUpload for others to play with and comment here.



 
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