AGN News Archive
A web server belonging to the games company Electronic Arts which had been hacked and was hosting a phishing website, has now been fixed. The website that was put in place by hackers asked users to enter their Apple IDs - the credentials needed to access services like Apple's iTunes. A second screen then asked users to enter further personal information, including credit card details. EA said the problem had been found and hacking attempts had been stopped.
A virulent form of ransomware has now infected about quarter of a million Windows computers, according to a report by security researchers.
Cryptolocker scrambles users' data and then demands a fee to unencrypt it alongside a countdown clock.
Dell Secureworks said that the US and UK had been worst affected.
It added that the cyber-criminals responsible were now targeting home internet users after initially focusing on professionals.
If you are visiting this page the chances are that you are not a human, at least according to research.
A study by Incapsula suggests 61.5% of all website traffic is now generated by bots. The security firm said that was a 21% rise on last year's figure of 51%.
Some of these automated software tools are malicious - stealing data or posting ads for scams in comment sections.
But the firm said the biggest growth in traffic was for "good" bots.
Major games publishers have offered their support to fans who have had gameplay clips removed from YouTube due to "illegitimate" copyright claims.
Changes in the way Google-owned YouTube scans videos had caused a spike in clips being taken down.
But Capcom, Blizzard and Ubisoft all said they wanted footage of their games to remain online.
Blizzard has announced the fifth expansion for its flagship World of Warcraft (WoW) online game.
Called the Warlords of Draenor it adds a new world to the game, lets players build settlements and instantly boost a character to high level.
The announcement comes as WoW player numbers hit a five-year low and Blizzard starts to group players on a smaller number of servers.
Blizzard has also unveiled plans for a new game called Heroes of the Storm.
The launch of Grand Theft Auto Online has hit substantial teething problems, as the anticipated flood of players has stretched Rockstar Games's servers to breaking point.
Players have faced multiple error messages such as: "Rockstar cloud servers unavailable," as well as screen freezing and slow loading problems.
One message says: "Mission failed," as soon as a mission begins.
Rockstar said it was "working round the clock" to resolve the issues.
Googles email service sufferes "technical issues", with some users reporting major delays.
Google has been trying to keep people informed on their Dashboard, but had to admit ""We're aware that prompt delivery is an important part of the Gmail experience.
And today's experience fell far short of our standards".
From this weekend, users will no longer need to own a Blackberry device to access its BBM messaging service.
Blackberry has confirmed BBM will be available as a free download for Apple and Android devices but not for Windows phones.
The move comes as the Wall Street Journal reports that Blackberry will lay off 40% of its staff before 2014.
Widening the appeal of BBM could be a clever way for the company to reinvent itself, said experts.
A senior US senator believes the fingerprint recognition technology featured in Apple's new iPhone 5S raises "substantial privacy questions".
Senator Al Franken, chairman of the influential Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, has written to Apple boss Tim Cook explaining his security concerns.
After stealing someone's thumbprint, hackers could "impersonate you for the rest of your life," he wrote.
Hiroshi Yamauchi, the Japanese businessman credited with transforming Nintendo into a world-leading video games company, has died aged 85.
Mr Yamauchi ran the firm for 53 years, and was its second-largest shareholder at the time of his death.
The company confirmed the news in an emailed statement.
Video game Diablo 3 is to ditch its auction houses after its developer acknowledged the facility "undermines" gameplay.
Players are currently able to buy and sell weapons, armour and other virtual items to each other using either real-world cash or in-game gold.
Blizzard took a cut of any transactions involving real-world money, offering it an extra source of income.
But it has now acknowledged that the facility "short-circuited" the title.
Blackberry has announced its biggest smartphone to date.
The Z30 features a 5in (12.7cm) screen and a relatively large battery, which, the company says, should last more than two days between charges.
It is the first product to be released by the Canadian company since it announced last month that it was considering putting itself up for sale.
Panasonic said it is to stop selling smartphones to consumers in its home market Japan. It said it would also begin outsourcing production of mobiles sold to India and other countries.
The news had been expected after Japan's largest network said it would stop promoting the firm's devices.
NTT Docomo said it would instead focus its marketing efforts on phones from Sony and Samsung.
The release dates for XboX One have been announced by Microsoft!
You can get yours on November 22, but everyone in North America will be queuing on the 15th of November!
The NextGen console will only be available in the UK, US, Ireland, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Brazil, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand; the rest of the world will have to wait until early 2014 !!!
LG and Acer are both claiming "world firsts" with their latest product launches, revealed ahead of Berlin's Ifa tech show.
LG is returning to the tablet market with the G Pad, which the company is marketing as the only 8in (20cm)-class device to feature a "full-HD display".
Acer has announced the Liquid S2 , the first smartphone capable of recording video in the 4K "ultra-HD" format.
It allows the companies to get the jump on rivals in what will be a busy week.
LG is hoping to shake up smartphone design by placing the only physical buttons of its new flagship model on the rear of the handset.
The firm says the G2 addresses the problem that mobiles become harder to control the bigger they get.
The South Korean company recently reported its strongest ever mobile phone figures.
However, analysts are split over whether or not their latest innovation is a winner.
Whatsapp is adding the ability to record and send voice messages to its smartphone chat software.
The move will help it compete against Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Voxer and BBM which already offer the function.
California-based Whatsapp has said 300 million people now use its app at least once a month.
The Blackberry Messenger (BBM) app is to be offered as a download to run on rival platforms.
Blackberry said it would initially offer texts, photo messages and group sharing functions on devices running Google's Android and Apple's iOS operating systems from "the summer".
It added it planned to roll out screen sharing, voice and video calls - all without charge - later in the year.
The move could prove disruptive to Skype, Whatsapp and other rivals.
Nintendo has bounced back into profit, thanks to a weaker Japanese yen.
The games maker reported an annual profit of 7.1bn yen ($72m;
Samsung has unveiled the biggest smartphone to date - the Galaxy Mega, which features a 6.3in (16cm) screen.
The firm suggested its size made it ideal for watching videos or running two apps alongside each other.
Samsung helped popularise the so-called "phablet" category - in which phones approach tablet dimensions - with its original 5.3in Galaxy Note in 2011.
That proved more popular than many expected, but one analyst suggested the latest device might be a step too far.