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Spanish Police Detain Anonymous Members in PSN Cyberattacks

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176w ago - Today the NY Times (linked above) and [Register or Login to view links] are reporting that Spanish Police have detained three [Register or Login to view links] in connection with the recent PSN cyberattacks with [Register or Login to view links] arrested in Turkey.

To quote from the Times: "The Spanish police said Friday that they had apprehended three men suspected of computer hacking in connection with recent cyberattacks on Sony's PlayStation Network as well as corporate and government Web sites around the world.

The National Police identified the three as the local leadership of the shadowy international network of computer hackers known as Anonymous, which has claimed responsibility for a wide variety of attacks.

Anonymous is made up of people from various countries organized into cells that share common goals, the police said, with activists operating anonymously but in a coordinated fashion.

One of the three "hacktivists," a 31-year-old Spaniard, was detained in the southern city of Almeria sometime after May 18, the police said. He had a computer server in his apartment in the northern port...
 

ESA and Canadian Police Crackdown on Counterfeit Video Games

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258w ago - Earlier this year we reported that the Entertainment Software Association of Canada was seeking to jail pirates and target mod-chips.

Today, the ESA has praised the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and York Police Service for a recent raid on retailers selling pirated software at [Register or Login to view links] in Markham, Ontario.

To quote: After a two month investigation, authorities seized counterfeit manufacturing equipment and games, computer hard drives and DVD burners as well as nine fire arms.

Three people were arrested for the scam that took place in one of the largest indoor shopping malls in North America.

"We are pleased with the outcome of this legal action and thank the RCMP and York Police Service for their efforts in protecting the video game business in Canada," said Danielle Parr, executive director of the ESAC.

"Game piracy is a serious problem that costs the entertainment software industry millions of dollars each year. Law enforcement raids against notorious pirate retailers like those in Pacific Mall send a clear message that trafficking in pirated game products is illegal and will not be tolerated."
 

Police Officer Gets Caught Stealing PS3 Games Under His Vest

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259w ago - A police officer from the UK has been found guilty of stealing Sony PS3 games from a store that he was being paid to protect.

The thief allegedly snuck PS3 games in his hat and then transferred them under his stab vest to avoid setting off the alarms.

To quote: "Peter Cokell, 34, was found guilty of theft after he was caught on CCTV shoplifting from the store he was being paid to protect.

The damning footage, which was shown to magistrates in his trial, shows him stealing two PlayStation 3 games and then taking them to the rear of the shop in his police hat.

He can then be seen slipping the games - Call of Duty and Kill Zone - worth only £74.98, inside his stab vest before walking from the shop without setting off the alarms.

However, a security guard who witnessed the crime contacted police and Cokell was arrested and charged with theft."
 

Rumor: Police Cars are Returning to Burnout Paradise via DLC

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299w ago - Update: Take a look at the split second footage around the 19 second mark. Police cars confirmed? And is the license plate suggesting a July 31st release?

In a trailer [Register or Login to view links] recently for Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Criterion has hinted that police will be returning to Burnout in a future DLC pack.

At the sixty second mark the trailer, which we've embedded below, shows Burnout Paradise's new 'Burnout Store' with a mouse hovering over a button marked with a PCPD badge, which we presume to be an abbreviation of Paradise City Police Department. Underneath the button are the words 'Coming Soon'.





Police last appeared in the Burnout series way back in Burnout 2: Point of Impact where the game's Pursuit mode allowed players to chase after criminal's and take them down. The mode transformed into Road Rage for future iterations.

Criterion has stated that there is lots more downloadable content to come for Burnout Paradise, but could a police pack be one of them... ?
 

British Police Now Allowed to Hack Into Your Private Computer

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302w ago - The power of anti-piracy organizations is constantly growing and latest news from Great Britain sounds somehow scary: The Home Office has adopted a new policy that will allow police to hack into British people's computer systems without a warrant.

The hacking known as 'remote searching' allows officers to covertly examine the hard drive of people's PC's anywhere. E-mails, Web browsing habits and messaging conversations can all be gathered.

To quote: The Home Office has quietly adopted a new plan to allow police across Britain routinely to hack into people's personal computers without a warrant.

The move, which follows a decision by the European Union's council of ministers in Brussels, has angered civil liberties groups and opposition MPs. They described it as a sinister extension of the surveillance state which drives "a coach and horses" through privacy laws. The hacking is known as "remote searching".

It allows police or MI5 officers who may be hundreds of miles away to examine covertly the hard drive of someone's PC at his home, office or hotel room. Material gathered in this way includes the content of all e-mails, web-browsing habits and instant messaging.

Under the Brussels edict, police across the EU have been given the green light to expand...
 
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