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Nintendo’s Refusal to Allow Saved Game Backups is Driving Switch Hacking

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. When Nintendo’s Switch first launched, it wasn’t immediately clear if the console would post strong initial sales and then fade away, like the Wii U did, or if this would be the system to put Nintendo back on the gaming map. It’s now obvious that the Switch’s early surge was no outlier; the console has already moved over 5 million units and has outsold the PS4 and Xbox One in North America four times in…

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Russia hacking row: Moscow demands US return seized mansions

Russia is pressing demands that the US give it access to two diplomatic compounds seized in the US last year. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was unacceptable to set preconditions for returning the properties. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described the move as “daylight robbery”. In December the US expelled 35 Russian diplomats and shut the compounds over suspicions of meddling in US elections. Russian and US officials are due to discuss the issue later on Monday. US Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon is hosting Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei…

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Putin: Patriotic Russians may be involved in hacking

Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested “patriotic” Russian citizens might be engaged in hacking. Such individuals might be joining “the justified fight against those speaking ill of Russia,” he said. Like “artists” who get up and paint all day, he added, hackers spend their day attacking adversaries, he added. Mr Putin also denied once again that his administration hacked the US election last year. He added that this activity was “never” carried out at the government level and he expressed his belief that hackers could not influence voters’ minds. Some…

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Shadow Brokers move bitcoins after hacking tool auction

Bitcoins worth £18,500 ($ 24,000) that were sent to hacker group the Shadow Brokers have been moved. The funds were received during an auction of hacking tools that failed to attract much interest before the group eventually released the tools for free. One leak included an exploit that helped the WannaCry ransomware to spread around the world. This tool and others are believed to have been stolen from the US National Security Agency (NSA). The agency has not confirmed or denied this. The bitcoins have been moved to multiple addresses,…

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Macron condemns 'massive' hacking attack as documents leaked

The campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron says it has been the target of a “massive hacking attack” after a trove of documents was released online. The campaign said that genuine files were mixed up with fake ones in order to confuse people. It said that it was clear the hackers wanted to undermine Mr Macron ahead of Sunday’s second round vote. The centrist will face off against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. The documents were leaked on a file sharing website late on Friday, as the official presidential…

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Free hacking tools 'help young into cyber-crime'

Free, easy-to-use hacking tools help many young people slip into a life of cyber-crime, according to a report. The National Crime Agency (NCA) has detailed the “pathways” taken by people who become criminals. Many started by getting involved with game-cheat websites or forums that talked about ways to change or “mod” games, its report said. Mentors, role models and positive opportunities could deter people from committing cyber-crime, the NCA added. Social club The report is based on a small number of interviews with people arrested or cautioned for carrying out…

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US election hacking: Putin 'sought to help' Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to help Donald Trump win the presidential election, a US intelligence report says. The unclassified report says the Russian leader “ordered” a campaign aimed at influencing the election. The report was released shortly after intelligence chiefs briefed Mr Trump on their findings. Mr Trump stopped short of accusing Russia of interfering, saying only that the election outcome was not affected. The report says that the Kremlin developed a “clear preference” for Mr Trump. “We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016…

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