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McDonald's Hit by Data Breach

Slashdot - Fri, 11/06/2021 - 17:30
McDonald's said hackers stole some data from its systems in markets including the U.S., South Korea and Taiwan, in another example of cybercriminals infiltrating high-profile global companies. From a report: The burger chain said Friday that it recently hired external consultants to investigate unauthorized activity on an internal security system, prompted by a specific incident in which the unauthorized access was cut off a week after it was identified, McDonald's said. The investigators discovered that company data had been breached in markets including the U.S., South Korea and Taiwan, the company said. In a message to U.S. employees, McDonald's said the breach disclosed some business contact information for U.S. employees and franchisees, along with some information about restaurants such as seating capacity and the square footage of play areas. The company said no customer data was breached in the U.S., and that the employee data exposed wasn't sensitive or personal. The company advised employees and franchisees to watch for phishing emails and to use discretion when asked for information. McDonald's said attackers stole customer emails, phone numbers and addresses for delivery customers in South Korea and Taiwan. In Taiwan, hackers also stole employee information including names and contact information, McDonald's said. The company said the number of files exposed was small without disclosing the number of people affected. The breach didn't include customer payment information, McDonald's said.

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Here're the opening three minutes of Netflix's Resident Evil CGI series

Eurogamer - Fri, 11/06/2021 - 17:11

Netflix has a lot of video game adaptations in the works at the moment, and we'll be seeing the fruits of at least some of those ongoing labours later today as its Geeked Week of reveals concludes. It promises to be a busy one - debuting footage from the likes of The Witcher Season 2 and Cuphead - but first there's a look at the opening three minutes of the streaming service's CGI Resident Evil series ahead of its release in July.

Known as Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, this animated adaption takes place several years after the events of Resident Evil 4, with Leon S. Kennedy once again serving as the US president's bodyguard - which would probably seem like a walk in the park compared to his usual adventures if it wasn't for the threat of an imminent zombie outbreak.

Claire Redfield also plays a role in Leon's latest adventure, embarking on her own investigation as (the supposedly canon) events unfold, and if you're curious to see how proceedings kick off, you can do that via the first three minutes of the show below.

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Hackers Explain How They Stole Wealth of Data From EA

Slashdot - Fri, 11/06/2021 - 16:43
The group of hackers that stole a wealth of data from game publishing giant Electronic Arts broke into the company in part by tricking an employee over Slack to provide a login token, Motherboard reported Friday. From the report: The group stole the source code for FIFA 21 and related matchmaking tools, as well as the source code for the Frostbite engine that powers games like Battlefield and other internal game development tools. In all, the hackers claim they have 780GB of data, and are advertising it for sale on various underground forums. EA previously confirmed the data impacted in the breach to Motherboard. A representative for the hackers told Motherboard in an online chat that the process started by purchasing stolen cookies being sold online for $10, and using those to gain access to a Slack channel used by EA. In this case, the hackers were able to get into EA's Slack using the stolen cookie. "Once inside the chat we messaged a IT Support members we explain to them we lost our phone at a party last night," the representative said.

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PS5 and Xbox Series X and S versions of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order out now

Eurogamer - Fri, 11/06/2021 - 16:35

EA has released the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S versions of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

They're a free cross-gen upgrade to current owners of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Respawn's action game.

Today, EA said Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has seen more than 20 million players worldwide since it launched in November 2019. That'll be why it's getting a sequel then!

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Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart - all three graphics modes tried and tested

Eurogamer - Fri, 11/06/2021 - 16:31

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart has launched on PlayStation 5 and not only is it a fine sequel for celebrated console franchise, it's quite possibly the best-looking game of the new generation - a release that's only possible because of the enhanced processing power, graphical features and storage prowess found in the new wave of consoles. We've already discussed in depth why we believe that this is a genuinely important release for PlayStation 5, but today we're focusing on the three graphics modes available and which one we think you should choose to play with.

To cut a long story short, if you've already played Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered or Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PS5 - also from Insomniac, of course - you're in familiar territory. The trio of selectable options on offer are fidelity, performance and performance RT, so let's dig into each of them before offering up our final recommendation.

First of all, the default mode (depending on how your PS5 is set up, of course) is fidelity mode, which caps performance at 30 frames per second. The fixed 33.3ms rendering time essentially allows Insomniac to push visual quality to the max. That starts with native rendering resolution, which has a theoretical minimum of 1296p but actually appears to reside in a dynamic resolution window between 1800p and full 4K - 2160p. Image quality in this and all modes is boosted with temporal jittering, an image reconstruction technique that analyses the last frame, maps the trajectory of every pixel and 'injects' that data into the new frame.

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Volkswagen Says a Vendor's Security Lapse Exposed 3.3 Million Drivers' Details

Slashdot - Fri, 11/06/2021 - 16:00
Volkswagen says more than 3.3 million customers had their information exposed after one of its vendors left a cache of customer data unsecured on the internet. From a report: The car maker said in a letter that the vendor, used by Volkswagen, its subsidiary Audi, and authorized dealers in the U.S. and Canada, left the customer data spanning 2014 to 2019 unprotected over a two-year window between August 2019 and May 2021. The data, which Volkswagen said was gathered for sales and marketing, contained personal information about customers and prospective buyers, including their name, postal and email addresses, and phone number. But more than 90,000 customers across the U.S. and Canada also had more sensitive data exposed, including information relating to loan eligibility. The letter said most of the sensitive data was driver's license numbers, but that a "small" number of records also included a customer's date of birth and Social Security numbers.

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Amazon bringing South Korean action RPG Lost Ark west this autumn

Eurogamer - Fri, 11/06/2021 - 15:58

Amazon is bringing Lost Ark to North America and Europe this autumn.

Amazon Games has snapped up the free-to-play Diablo-style action RPG for release on PC. A beta is planned later this summer. The trailer shown during last night's Summer Game Fest event is below:

Lost Ark is already out in Korea, Japan and Russia, and has more than eight million concurrent players, Amazon said. It's developed by South Korean studio Smilegate RPG, whose parent company developed the phenomenally popular first-person shooter Crossfire.

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Xbox E3 2021 Sale: Save up to 50% on over 500 digital games

Eurogamer - Fri, 11/06/2021 - 15:51

E3 2021 officially starts tomorrow and to kick off the event early, the Xbox E3 2021 'Deals Unlocked' sale is now available to shop from today, 11th June 2021.

Over 500 digital games, bundles and add-ons have been heavily discounted and can be found via the Microsoft Store. The deals will expire on 17th June.

We'd like to mention that some of the titles are actually cheaper over on Amazon, most notably Halo: The Master Chief Collection for only £9.99 and Forza Horizon 4 which is currently down to £24.99.

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Guilty Gear Strive dev warns PC gamers not to play in 4K

Eurogamer - Fri, 11/06/2021 - 15:27

Guilty Gear Strive PC gamers should not play in 4K, the developer has warned.

Arc System Works issued the warning in a post on Strive's Steam page just a few hours before the game went live on PC.

The fighting game does support 4K resolutions, but is currently experiencing severe slowdowns during specific situations in battle, such as when counter-hitting, Arc System Works said.

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Amazon Prime Day Xbox deals: what to expect

Eurogamer - Fri, 11/06/2021 - 15:14

With this year's Amazon Prime Day taking place between 20th - 21st June - and just over a week after E3 - we're expecting to see plenty of Xbox Prime Day deals popping up as publishers discount older titles to make room for newer releases.

While Xbox Series X stock is still hard to come by, Amazon Prime Day could see the arrival of some new bundles, but as always, you'll need to act swiftly if you want to grab one. The Xbox Series S is currently in stock at Amazon, and the console has been easier to get hold of as we've moved through the year.

With all of the biggest first-party Xbox titles available on day one with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, it's likely we'll see some Prime Day Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Live deals announced, probably bundled in with Xbox Series X and S consoles. If you've already subscribed, Amazon Prime Day is a great time to renew. Future you will thank you for doing so.

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Nintendo Switch owners report download issues following system update

Eurogamer - Fri, 11/06/2021 - 15:03

Some Nintendo Switch users who installed the system's latest firmware update have reported issues downloading purchased games from their store history.

The issue shows up as error code 2123-1502, for which there are steps on Nintendo's customer support site. But fans affected by the problem say these do not fix the bug in most cases.

A spate of reports flagging up this error code erupted this week when Nintendo released a small and otherwise unimportant system update.

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Facebook Accounts For Over Half of Sex Trafficing Recruitment

Slashdot - Fri, 11/06/2021 - 15:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBS News: The majority of online recruitment in active sex trafficking cases in the U.S. last year took place on Facebook, according to the Human Trafficking Institute's 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report. "The internet has become the dominant tool that traffickers use to recruit victims, and they often recruit them on a number of very common social networking websites," Human Trafficking Institute CEO Victor Boutros said on CBSN Wednesday. "Facebook overwhelmingly is used by traffickers to recruit victims in active sex trafficking cases." In 2020 in the U.S., 59% of online recruitment of identified victims in active cases took place on Facebook alone. The report also states that 65% of identified child sex trafficking victims recruited on social media were recruited through Facebook. The tech giant responded to the report's findings in a statement to CBS News: "Sex trafficking and child exploitation are abhorrent and we don't allow them on Facebook. We have policies and technology to prevent these types of abuses and take down any content that violates our rules."

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Back 4 Blood open beta set for August

Eurogamer - Fri, 11/06/2021 - 14:47

The Back 4 Blood early access open beta begins 5th August, Warner Bros. has announced.

Turtle Rock Studios' Left 4 Dead-style co-op zombie shooter runs its early access open beta from 5th to 9th August for those who pre-order. The new trailer is below:

Players can also register at the official website for a chance to get into the early access, but, Warner Bros. warned, registration does not guarantee access "as codes are limited".

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Bethesda bins Fallout 76's battle royale mode this September

Eurogamer - Fri, 11/06/2021 - 13:01

Fallout 76 will bin its battle royale mode in a few months, Bethesda has announced.

In a blog post, Bethesda said the Nuclear Winter mode will come to an end in September.

Explaining the decision, Bethesda said Nuclear Winter had suffered from a lack of players, which meant it had become difficult to create full lobbies in a reasonable matchmaking time.

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What we've been playing

Eurogamer - Fri, 11/06/2021 - 13:00

Hello! Welcome back to our regular feature where we write a little bit about some of the games we've found ourselves playing over the last few days. This time: Skis, cards, and impossible missions.

If you fancy catching up on some of the older editions of What we've been playing, here's our archive.

Steep is one of those beautiful games that lives so luxuriously in the mind. Long runs, the swish of passing trees, the crunch of compacted snow. Ubisoft approached winter sports in a very Ubisoft way: what if you could have all of them at once? What if everything you did showered you with points? What if the map was almost implausibly vast? Going back into a game like this - a game I have such lovely memories of - feels a bit dangerous. What if I don't love it any more?

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Hackers reportedly steal FIFA 21 and Frostbite source code

Eurogamer - Fri, 11/06/2021 - 12:24

Hackers have reportedly stolen the source code to FIFA 21 and game engine Frostbite.

Vice reported the hackers claimed to have obtained 780GB of data and had put it up for sale.

EA confirmed the breach in a statement that also insisted no player data had been stolen.

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Annapurna Interactive will hold its first ever showcase next month

Eurogamer - Fri, 11/06/2021 - 12:20

Everyone's doing a Nintendo Direct these days, and now top indie publisher Annapurna Interactive is no different.

The first ever Annapurna Interactive Showcase will be broadcast on 29th July at 8pm UK time (midday Pacific) in all of the usual streaming places.

Expect updates on upcoming Annapurna games (there are a lot!) such as The Artful Escape, Skin Deep, Solar Ash, Neon White and Stray. New game announcements will also feature, as Annapurna adds to its bulging top-tier indie roster.

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Spring Numbers Show 'Dramatic' Drop In College Enrollment

Slashdot - Fri, 11/06/2021 - 12:00
Undergraduate college enrollment fell again this spring, down nearly 5% from a year ago. That means 727,000 fewer students, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse. NPR reports: "That's really dramatic," says Doug Shapiro, who leads the clearinghouse's research center. Fall enrollment numbers had indicated things were bad, with a 3.6% undergraduate decline compared with a year earlier, but experts were waiting to see if those students who held off in the fall would enroll in the spring. That didn't appear to happen. "Despite all kinds of hopes and expectations that things would get better, they've only gotten worse in the spring," Shapiro says. "It's really the end of a truly frightening year for higher education. There will be no easy fixes or quick bounce backs." Overall enrollment in undergraduate and graduate programs has been trending downward since around 2012, and that was true again this spring, which saw a 3.5% decline -- seven times worse than the drop from spring 2019 to spring 2020. The National Student Clearinghouse attributed that decline entirely to undergraduates across all sectors, including for-profit colleges. Community colleges, which often enroll more low-income students and students of color, remained hardest hit by far, making up more than 65% of the total undergraduate enrollment losses this spring. On average, U.S. community colleges saw an enrollment drop of 9.5%, which translates to 476,000 fewer students. [...] Based on her conversations with students, [Heidi Aldes, dean of enrollment management at Minneapolis College, a community college in Minnesota] attributes the enrollment decline to a number of factors, including being online, the "pandemic paralysis" community members felt when COVID-19 first hit, and the financial situations families found themselves in.

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Here's 20% off Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, Monster Hunter Rise and FF7 Intergrade

Eurogamer - Fri, 11/06/2021 - 11:43

It's a big week for new releases and, as if on cue, eBay has dug out another voucher code that can save you 20 percent at a number of gaming stores. It's a great chance to save some moolah on Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade, Monster Hunter Rise and loads more.

You'll need to enter the code 'SHOP4LESS' at the checkout to apply the discount. Currently, the usual suspects are all represented - so that's Boss Deals, ShopTo and The Game Collection. Further afield, you'll see AO and other tech stores are also involved. From there you can get the LG BX OLED - one of Digital Foundry's best TVs for gaming - for under £900.

You'll find just the main highlights below right now because, as we've seen before, eBay sellers usually get pretty wise to these code discounts and either bump up prices or pull listings. With that in mind, you might want to grab any of the offers below sooner rather than later. I'll do my best to keep this updated with anything else exciting I come across - and if prices change or anything sells out.

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The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes arrives just in time for Halloween

Eurogamer - Fri, 11/06/2021 - 10:41

Last night's flurry of Summer Game Fest announcements included a 22nd October release date for House of Ashes, the third game in Until Dawn developer Supermassive Games' The Dark Pictures Anthology.

A fresh trailer also includes a blink-and-you'll-miss-it reveal of the game's monster big bad (it's right at the very end, if you want to avoid spoilers).

Last month I sat down with House of Ashes director Will Doyle to discuss the game's Iraq War setting, horror influences and historical horror.

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