Nvidia GTX 1080/1070 Shroud Teardown Appears Online

Earlier in the week, we got our first glimpse of what might be the GTX 1080 might look like. That was pretty much what we expected given what saw earlier of leaked GTX 1080/1070 cooler shrouds. Today, VideoCardz has found someone who has been able to tear down the cooler shroud of the 1080/1070 and show us just how they are made. The shroud reportedly comes in 4 separate parts that are put together to form the entire component.

In the case of this specific leak, the process used is die-sinking. The biggest part comes with the GTX 10_0 punched out, with the third spot left uncut. This will allow for easier reuse to turn it either in GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 shrouds as production needs dictate. The polygonal fan bracket itself is made of magnesium alloy and is the next largest piece. Finally, we have a Nvidia logo and a side panel that has GeForce GTX punched out.

More and more leaks are expected given the fact that GP104 has already entered mass production. There is no way for GP104 to arrive at Computex unless Nvidia already has everything being made. At this point, we should be seeing GP104 cards starting to be shipped to stores in preparation for the launch. All we need now is a leak confirming the GTX 1060Ti.

Unreleased Half-Life 2 Concept Art Leaked Online

Many years ago, Valve released the Half-Life 2 concept art book, Raising the Bar. Now, images from the publisher’s proof version of the artbook are appearing online, which is sure to please the many of the fans of the series out there.

The version of the book containing this before-unseen artwork is from a very limited production run of the book before the final edits and was made to the 300-page book for its final release and contains as many as 100 additional pages of art and concepts from across the Half-Life series. This highly prized piece of work was purchased online by a US fan of the game for just $45 and since then Russian Half-Life fansite “Half-Life Inside” have been posting small tidbits of the art from the gallery proof online. The new owner of the book also plans to scan and upload the rest, so there is still more to come!

Some of the art is not wholly new, with areas that were cut from the game such as the “Crab Synth” zone from Half-Life 2 had already been discovered by Valve Time, another Half-Life fansite. Outside of the additional art, the changes between the publisher’s proof and release versions of the artbook are minor, with the outstanding modifications including an alternate version of Half-Life 2’s Dr. Breen alongside a photograph of his modelling reference, Roger Guay.

It’s great to see that new secrets and information are still being discovered about the beloved franchise after so long and the art may just have a few “what if” stories to tell. If you’re looking to see the rest of the art for this work, check out Half-Life Inside, where scans will continue to be published and you might just be able to find the next clue for Half-Life 3.

Is This Photo of The GTX 1080 Genuine?

NVIDIA’s upcoming architecture codenamed Pascal is rumoured to launch in June and apparently invites have already been sent out to members of the press for an early briefing on its unique features. The new range is built on the 16nm manufacturing process and could utilize the latest iteration of high bandwidth memory. Although, the mid tier options might opt for GDDR5X to cut costs and maintain a lower price point. Of course, there’s always leaks whenever a new architecture is being readied from either graphics company. However, NVIDIA has kept the information extremely secret and there’s not much to go on when trying to work out the specification across various products. Some time ago, a leaked image supposedly showcased the new cooler shroud and GTX 1000 branding. This looked fairly credible given the environmental setting and high quality of workmanship.

Today, a brand new image has arrived courtesy of Chinese website Baidu which apparently shows the GTX 1080 in full for the first time:

The cooler opts for a dynamic appearance with sharp edges compared to the older reference design. It also corresponds with the previous leak which suggests both images are credible. On the other hand, it’s important to adopt a cynical approach just in case someone made the effort of modding the stock cooler to foil people around the globe. Honestly, this is very unlikely and it’s probably the final design for the GTX 1080. Sadly, it’s impossible to tell if the GPU contains a stylish backplate. Although, this should be revealed soon if the release date reports are correct. Whatever the case, it looks like NVIDIA has tweaked the cooler design and opted for the GTX 1000 series name. I’m not so sure this is a clever move as the 1080 might cause some confusion.

Do you think the image discussed in the article is genuine?

Suspect iPhone 7 Leak Could Actually be True

Whenever Apple develops a new product, there’s usually various leaks and theories about the company’s future direction. This is especially when case when the latest iPhone is upon us and creates a media frenzy. Often, the leaked designs are innovative renders which are simply not possible to produce on a mass scale. Recently, a leaked image claimed to show the rear unibody of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 handset. The image was rightfully met with scepticism because the three dots near the bottom look like a Smart Connector. According to the reliable Japanese Apple blog MacOtakara, which was reported by MacRumors,  “the possibility is great” that both the image of the iPhone 7 Plus housing and the design sourced from Catcher are “the real thing.”

The images also suggest that there won’t be a huge difference in the device’s form factor compared to current offerings with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Previous rumours have hinted at Apple’s plans to remove the headphone jack and introduce dual stereo speakers. The source goes into detail about the possibility of two new sensors positioned at the top of the device. It’s uncertain what these will do but it could revolve around adjusting ambient lighting based on an environment’s temperature. Another consistently reported rumour is the introduction of dual cameras on both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Clearly, it’s difficult to deduce if the leaked image is authentic, but MacOtakara has a reputable history when disclosing details about upcoming Apple products. As the release date dawns nearer, more rumours from multiple sources should appear. If the widespread report regarding the lack of a headphone jack is true, I’m really interested to see the reaction among consumers. Apple probably perceives this is a bold, revolutionary step to streamline the iPhone’s design. However, this surely is coming at the expense of basic functionality.

Amazon Recommends Users Change Their Passwords

Who doesn’t have an Amazon account? If you do it may be worth changing your password as Amazon recommends users take the precaution after it discovered that some of their Amazon accounts could be found online.

Amazon discovered the leaked passwords were contained within a password list online, and while not exclusive to Amazon services, it has recommended that users change their passwords, even more, so if they use the same password on several sites. If your accounts email address was found to be on any of the lists then Amazon has taken the precaution to force a password reset on your account.

While many recommend against it, it’s common practice for people to use the same password and email combinations on several sites, thus increasing the chance that if one account is hacked, others will be compromised alongside.

While it’s recommended by some that we get rid of passwords altogether, alternative methods like biometric scanners for your fingerprints have been seen as easily bypassed and companies are even looking at using videos or selfies to access your accounts, a technique that has been met with mixed views. Would you prefer to access your account with a selfie or video of yourself or do you believe that the password still has a while to go if used correctly?

UPDATE: We were asked to remove the image, so one of our own, Robert Ainsworth, provided us with a copy of the email he received.

Nvidia Pascal GP104 Spotted?

So far all of the rumours around the GP104 and GTX 1000 series have mostly been about release date and specifications. The closest we’ve gotten to physical evidence have been the shrouds for the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. For the first time, we’re getting a picture of the physical die and parts of the GPU board around it. According to ChipHell, the die shot you see below belongs to the GP104, the mainstream Pascal GPU.

From the die shot picture, GP104 appears to be about 15.35mm x 19.18mm for a total of about 290 to 300mm². This is the same as GK104 which was also a die shrink and came in at 294mm² and much smaller than GM204 which was a relatively massive 398mm². This shows that Nvidia is starting out with small dies first with the GTX 1070 and 1080 and releasing a GP100/102 Titan and 980Ti later on.

For now, we still don’t know what GP104 will look like, but it seems that most of the FP64 units in GP100 will likely be stripped out and replaced by the more ‘useful’ FP32 ones. The leak also suggests that total FP32 CUDA core count will be around the same as the Titan X but the TMU and ROP count seems closer to the GTX 980. I expect that clock for clock, GP104 won’t be much faster than the Titan X but it will be ahead and much more efficient.

Finally, we can see what appears to be Samsung 2Ghz 1GB GDDR5 DRAM modules for 8GB total. This suggests that that GDDR5X isn’t ready in time or will be reserved for the GP100/102 consumer release. This follows the same trend set by the GTX 680 which was more powerful than the 580 but featured lower memory bus width but faster VRAM and more memory overall.

While the leak is promising, it is a leak after all and I would make sure to take all of this with a shipload of salt. Given the information we know though, this leak may very well reflect reality.

God of War Concept Art Reveals Norse Mythology

The God of War franchise has to be one of Sony’s biggest exclusives, with the protagonist Kratos battling monsters and demons as he faces off against some of the biggest and badest creatures from Greek mythology. Some uncovered God Of War concept art may have revealed the next pantheon to face Kratos’s wrath, beware the Norse gods.

The concept art was uncovered by NerdLeaks who located the images on the personal website of an artist who is known to have worked at Santa Monica Studio, the development studio behind the God of War franchise, in 2015. Since the leak both NerdLeaks twitter and website have been inaccessible, but not before others had managed to grab the images for everyone to see.

With the concept art mentioning Kratos by name, it’s safe to say that it was for the game series. The image below shows sleek stone buildings, meant to represent the world of Alfheim, home of the faeries while the forests of Vanaheimr are lethal with the exception of the plants shown in the concept art, revealing several plants that could aid or assist the warrior in his journey.

Could this all be a hoax? Could it be a clever tease to gauge interest in the idea before the reveal of a new game? Who knows the answer, but with the internet seeking the answers it would seem that people want to see Kratos fight off against gods like Thor and Loki while battling giant beasts like the wolf Fenrir and even the dragon Jormugand.

You can find all the images here. What do you think? Would you like to see Kratos face off against the Norse gods or is there another pantheon that needs to face his wrath?

More Rumors Are Unveiled Regarding The Nintendo NX

Nintendo’s upcoming console has been the subject of numerous reports, leaks and even an elaborate hoax which many believed was a genuine source. Reports have suggested the NX will be a hybrid handheld/home console device offering greater performance than the PlayStation 4. However, it’s incredibly difficult to know what the real truth is because patents don’t always come to fruition. They’re concepts, and a way of protecting prototyped ideas. Whatever the case, the rumor mill is bound to continue until Nintendo makes some kind of official unveiling. The latest rumour comes from Reddit user, untypedhero who claims:

“As promised, I’ve decided to share some more NX information with you. This is second-hand information from trusted sources (like last time) and I have little reason to doubt its validity.

Here you go:

  • x86 architecture.
  • Backup data to Nintendo server (most likely My Nintendo).
  • Support for additional screen.
  • Can handle ports of current-gen games.
  • Will be able to interact with smartdevice apps.
  • Using NX software will unlock My Nintendo reward points.”

As always, it’s important to adopt a sceptical attitude especially when the information comes from one source. However, according to a moderator, the user’s background and credibility has been verified:

“This user has been verified by the mod team. We have confirmed that he has connections to Wii U developer(s) and/or development hardware and very likely has knowledge about the NX via those same connections. This verification is sort of general/open-ended and I unfortunately cannot verify specific details on a point by point basis.”

The X86 architecture would make porting of current generation games fairly simple and help forge the NX’s third-party library. This is essential when you consider how much Nintendo struggled to attract third-party developers on the Wii U. Hopefully, Nintendo will divulge some official information soon to stop the constant flow of leaks from various sources.

Mass Effect: Andromeda Tech Demo Leaks

The Mass Effect: Andromeda hype machine is ramping up: following the most recent leak of an EA marketing survey (a repeat of an incident from last year), which teased details of the forthcoming BioWare RPG, a video of a tech demo from the game has emerged online, giving us a glimpse of the VFX engine, gameplay and HUD, and even jetpacks!

https://vid.me/p41b

The tech demo, which seems to date from 2014, shows off the game’s pollen plumes, ambient flame bursts and fog elements, rain impacts and engine VFX, meteorite impacts, and FumeFX diffusion. A quick look at the gameplay shows a character wearing – and using – a jetpack.

But is the video genuine? The look of the characters – which include a couple of Krogan and two N7 officers – seem legitimate, if dated, but that’s to be expected from a two-year-old tech demo. The HUD seen in the video seems to match the one previewed in a Tweet by the game’s former director Chris Wynn:

But the biggest indication that the video is genuine comes courtesy of EA (owners of BioWare) itself: the video first leaked on YouTube, but has now been taken down by due to a copyright claim. By who? By EA.

Mass Effect: Andromeda is expected for release during the first-quarter of 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game is expected to feature heavily at this year’s E3.

More Mass Effect: Andromeda Details Leaked?

New details regarding BioWare’s hotly-anticipated action RPG sequel Mass Effect: Andromeda may have leaked online. Screenshots of an EA marketing survey were posted to NeoGAF this week, which – while unverified – reveal that the forthcoming game deals with issues of colonialism, and casts humanity as the aliens in an unfamiliar and hostile galaxy.

The survey screenshots read:

“Below is a description for a possible future version of Mass Effect. Please read this and answer some questions on the following pages about this game.

There is a major battle brewing, and it awaits you. In is unfolding across a galaxy of planets, with creatures and species entirely unknown. Draw your weapon, because the fight is bigger than you thought. It’s not just for your own life, it’s for all of humanity – the ultimate battle for a place we can all call home.

Mass Effect: Andromeda takes players to the Andromeda galaxy, far beyond the Milky Way, where players will lead the fight for a new home in hostile territory – where WE are the aliens – opposed by a deadly indigenous race bent on stopping us.

Experience the freedom to traverse and explore a planet-dense but seamless open-world galaxy, rich with discovery. Play as the leader of a squad of military-trained explorers in an intense third-person shooter, with deep progression and customization systems.

This is the story of humanity’s next chapter, and player choices throughout the game will ultimately determine our survival in the Andromeda Galaxy.”

We’ve been here before, of course: at the turn of 2015, a similar survey leak occurred, which revealed that the game’s protagonist would be known as The Pathfinder, and would lead humanity into a previously unexplored area of space. With momentum building behind the game, can we expect BioWare to formally unveil Mass Effect: Andromeda at E3 this Summer?

Leaked Images Show Nvidia GTX 1000 Shroud

The latest graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia are on their way, and that means one thing, someone has them! The new cards are no doubt undergoing a lot of development, testing and manufacturing in various parts of the world, so leaked information is always inevitable. The latest batch of images show us what appears to be a new shroud design for the 1000 series of cards from Nvidia, namely their GTX 1070 and 1080 designs.

The revised NVTTM cooling solution design features a similar design to the current crop of cards,  but with a much more aggressive and angular design. Of course, we’ve seen many leaks in the past and for the most part these days, they’re often right on the money. However, after the whole Nintendo NX controller fiasco, we have to advice you all to take these images with one more pinch of salt than usual.

That being said, we’re about two months away from Computex, and only a week away from Nvidia GTC, so it makes sense that some cards would be getting produced, at least in terms of visual design, to be featured at these shows. Nvidia are going to want to show off something at their own event and Computex, it just makes sense.

You can see the metal housing in the images, as well as CNC machines and cutting fluid. Could this be an Nvidia production line, or just part of an elaborate hoax? My gut instinct is saying these are real, but with any luck, we won’t have much longer to find out the truth.

Are you looking forwards to the 1000 series of cards from Nvidia? Let us know in the comments section below.

T-Mobile Could Launch Data Only Plans This Month

T-Mobile is known for their data options, with their video on demand service, named Binge, offering people the chance to watch as much Netflix and video streaming sites as they could wish for (if the service has agreed to partner up on as one of Binge supporters). This was until it was revealed that the service was, in fact, throttling other video sites that weren’t on the Binge service. Now it would seem that they want to give you just the data in a new data only plans.

TmoNews managed to obtain a document that seems to reveal the option for Simple Choice Data Only plans, offering people the choice of mobile options without having to pay for the minutes , instead opting to use VoIP (voice over IP) systems like Skype.

The listed release date for the data only bundles is the 30th March, offering the service to GSM devices only (although as a standard this should cover most phones). In addition to the data you receive all of the bundles will also include unlimited texting, giving you the ability to lose the minutes that are rarely used for even more YouTube and Facebook time.

With more and more people using systems like Skype to communicate instead of traditional phone networks, could we see data only plans become an option across the board for mobile providers?

Nintendo NX Controller Was a Fake – Here’s How It Was Done

Earlier this week, a programmer, claiming to be in possession of the Nintendo NX dev kit, revealed photos purporting to be the controller for the new console (above), the design of which certainly matched a patent Nintendo filed last year, and the object itself appeared of a high build quality. The leaker – Frank Sandqvist, posting under the name kankki, Senior Project Lead, NX Hardware Design at Nintendo of Europe –  has subsequently revealed on Friday morning that the controller is a fake, writing on NeoGAF:

“I made this fake. Let’s see if I just got myself banned.”

He then posted a link to a YouTube video, exposing how he created the fake controller:

Sandqvist – inspired by a similar hoax the previous week – created the black, button-less gamepad using a copy of the Nintendo controller patent, some nifty CAD skill, and a 3D printing lab. The printed body of the controller was then primed, painted, and decorated with a shiny front plate, shoulder wheels, and a ‘confidential property’ sticker. It sure seems like a lot of work for a hoax that lasted little more than a few days, but it certainly had some fooled.

“When I saw that Photoshopped/rendered white fake, I thought it looked quite easy to reproduce, albeit with a switched-off display,” Sandqvist told Digital Trends. “So that same night I started modeling it up in Autodesk Fusion 360. And I thought it would be interesting to see if I could fool the Internet. At the same time, I guess it could stand as a reminder to people that you can’t really believe these kind of leaks nowadays with the rise of 3D printing.”

Google Glass Enterprise Edition Headset Found on eBay

Ever since being removed from sale last year, Google has slowly but surely been removing all reference to the device. Now, an unusual version of the headset has been found on eBay, which appears to be the long-rumoured enterprise-focused edition of the AR headset. The headset in question is in the ownership of a pawn shop in San Francisco, who are selling on the device through their eBay store when it was spotted by Cavin Kabe and posted on Google+.

The eBay listing for the headset includes a number of pictures, which show how it differs from the regular “Explorer” edition of the device that had been on public sale. It features hinges that allow it to be folded like a regular pair of glasses as well as changes to the charging port, which appears to be a proprietary connector with more in common with Apple’s MagSafe chargers than micro-USB. Additionally, this headset appears to match one found in an FCC filing last year for the Enterprise Edition of Google Glass, which would also mean that it may sport that device’s larger display, camera LED, and more efficient hardware, although images cannot support this.

Where this version of the Glass came from and how it came to be in the ownership of a pawnbroker remains unknown, with A to Z Pawnbrokers having multiple outlets in the San Francisco area and supplying no details about which store had received it. Whether this could be a blunder that reveals a new version of the Google Glass that is planned for a future release is unknown, and we can only hope that someone willing to examine the device ends up making the purchase which currently stands at $2,550.00, closing in on double the price of the original Explorer edition Glass.

Anonymous Leak Trumps “Private” Data

Donald Trump is listed as one of the favourites for winning the run for president this year and while some are behind him others are strongly against his actions. With violence erupting at his rally’s and his claims about “closing up the internet“, some are worried about the steps he may take if he gets into the seat of power. Some of those people are leaders of companies like Apple, Alphabet and even Tesla, it would even seem that Anonymous aren’t too keen on the guy as they leak Trumps “private” data online in an act dox the presidential candidate.

Doxxing is the act of releasing someone’s private data online, often reserved for celebrities and those who then go on and SWAT streamers. As part of their ongoing operation against Donald Trumps presidential campaign, OpWhiteRose, Anonymous have leaked personal information about the presidential candidate, including phone numbers, addresses and even his social security number. Included in the release are details of Trumps personal agents and legal representatives, a move that is sure to attract attention (either positive or negative).

This seems to be the start of something bigger with Anonymous declaring “total war” on the presidential candidate while promising future attacks in April. In early March, the group released voicemail messages from back in 2012 which showed several media groups supporting the billionaire.

With a large group like Anonymous asking for support from everyone who is willing in front of a computer, the group seems to be pushing hard against the candidate who has not only had his details revealed but also had Trump Towers website taken down, alongside a petition within the UK to ban Trump’s entry after his continuous use of “hate speech”.

With the operation seeming to only gain momentum and big actions promised in April, the next stage from Anonymous could see even more damaging information revealed and handicaps placed on Trump’s digital platform for the presidency.

Data Leak Reveals 22,000 ISIS Members

In history there is a tale as old as time, no matter how large something gets, no matter what happens, when they start to perform questionable acts it will always be someone on the inside that will address the situation by letting everyone know about it. We’ve already seen with Edward Snowden revealing the extent that America was spying and retaining information illegally on people from all over the world. The same reason has now revealed 22,000 ISIS members details.

A defector from the group alleges to have carried with him a USB drive containing more than your average backup of files. TheUSB is claimed to have details of 22, 000 ISIS fighters, including:

  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Hometown
  • Blood Type

The paperwork it apparently contains is reported to be filled out before fighters come to the country, therefore representing foreign fighters coming to the group from abroad. The paperwork included questionnaires filled out by members of ISIS, including information regarding how they were recruited and would get to the group from their location, bypassing the restrictions and warning systems currently in place.

Currently, agencies around the world are trying to track down and confirm that this information is genuine, but if it does prove to be real information then this could help agencies track down recruiters and start cutting off access to the group from their countries.

Super-Charged P100D Tesla Plans Discovered in Firmware Update

Tesla enthusiast and self-proclaimed white hat hacker Jason Hughes has been doing some digging, taking apart the latest Tesla firmware update that was sent his own Tesla P85D, and it looks like he’s uncovered a secret!

The Model S currently comes in three variants, but it seems Elon Musk has a fourth model in the pipeline, and it’s going to be powerful! Jason claims to have spotted files pointing towards a 100kWh car, which is quite a bump from the current 70 and 90kWh models available. With the available models being named the 70D, 90D and the P90D, it would be safe to assume that a new 100kWh model would be called the P100D.

The information was discovered in Firmware Update 7.1 and while he could have release the information immediately, he decided to tease Elon a little bit first with the following tweet as well as some forum posts. Followed up later the next day with “You guys are great. Fun to get home and find people have cracked some SHA256 I posted. Nice work.”

I don’t have to tell you this whole thing needs a pinch or fist full of salt, but it’s certainly believable that some information to a future car would be held within the firmware. Tesla would likely use their cars firmware to test future models and we’ve seen similar leaks in the past for graphics cards and other bits of tech.

“There are quite a few things that are in the firmware that I’m not prepared to share publicly. Just like the P100D has been in there for months with my lips mostly sealed.” said Hughes.

However, Tesla rolled back an update, perhaps to remove the files or tighten up the encryption keys on the files unlocked, and potentially other parts of the system that used the same keys, who knows. Either way, Elon seems to be playing it cool right now, so we’ll have to wait and see.

 

Call of Duty: Ghosts 2 Leaked by UK Gaming Magazine

Call of Duty is one of the most profitable franchises in the gaming industry and continues to set unbelievable sales records. There are many consumers out there who own a console, and play Call of Duty every year without looking into other gaming experiences. The same applies to sports games which seem to hold people’s attention despite each release being fairly iterative. Of course, users can spend their money as they choose, and the hundreds of hours invested into a Call of Duty’s multiplayer provides a great reason to buy each year’s release. Personally, it’s not for me, but I’m pleased to see different games which cater to unique audiences. Call of Duty: Ghosts received fairly disappointing reviews and sparked debate about the lack of innovation in the series.

It’s quite uncommon for a Call of Duty game to have widespread criticism from the press, as most websites usually opt for high scores. However, Call of Duty: Ghosts didn’t offer anything new, and ran extremely poorly on PC. To this day, the PC version is plagued by terrible optimization, a mundane single player and lacklustre gameplay. It’s really not worth bothering with and a waste of your time. Given the negative publicity surrounding Call of Duty: Ghosts, you might expect its sequel to undergo a re-branding exercise. Despite this, a scanned version of the February issue of GamesTM contains Call of Duty: Ghosts 2 in a segment entitled, “2016 Most Wanted Games”. The issue was scanned by Mari Fernett, and sent into the publication FragHero. Here we can see the front cover:

According to the magazine, Call of Duty: Ghosts 2 will launch in November 2016, and be produced by Infinity Ward.

A transcription of the game’s description reads:

“When creative strategist Robert Bowling exited Infinity Ward in 2012, he put the departure down to the studio doing “too much ‘pew pew’ not enough new new.” We got a look at what he meant with the release of Call of Duty: Ghosts – a solid, yet unspectacular next-gen debut for the franchise. Infinity Ward will have had three years to work on a follow up, and it needs to showcase the same creative spark that once put in on the map with Modern Warfare back in ’08 if it wants any chance of standing shoulder to shoulder with Sledgehammer and Treyyarch.”

Are you a fan of the Call of Duty franchise?

Baidu Apps Leak Sensitive Information Online

People love their apps, from playing a quick game to doing your shopping while on the move or at work we all have them. Apps are designed to make your life easier, but sometimes things come along that make them more complicated. Apps are just like every other piece of software and with them come security risks, with companies like VTech finding out how bad a hack can be for their reputation and customers. Net giant Baidu has recently found this out as well as  security researchers claim that Baidu Apps leak sensitive information online.

The research conducted by security experts, Citizen Lab, at the University of Toronto state that millions of people could have been affected by everything from their search terms and visited sites to the unique ID numbers of their devices online. The risk comes from a software development kit that people can use to make apps for Android phones and even programs for your windows PC’s. Citizen Lab reported their findings to Baidu back in November and report that some of the bugs have been fixed, with poor encryption still putting people’s data at risk.

With digital security being a big issue these days and large companies being found short on both their knowledge in the area and their responses to threats, Baidu have at least started to fix the problems and Citizen Lab have proven that with a little help we can get somewhere closer to being able to protect our information.

Hacker Releases 17.8GB of Data From Turkish Police Server

A hacker going by the online alias ROR[RG] has released a large amount of data that belonged to a Turkish National Police database and is thought to contain large amounts of sensitive private information. ROR[RG] is aligned with the Anonymous hacktivist group and has leaked the data that was supposedly stolen from Turkish General Directorate of Security (EGM) onto a number of peer-to-peer sites for anyone to download and examine.

The data was released through The Cthulu website, which has been a host of a number of leaks by members of Anonymous in the past, including a serious hack against a US Police union last month. A statement released with the data explains that the data was taken from the EGM and that “the source has had persistent access to various parts of the Turkish Government infrastructure for the past 2 years.” It went on to explain that “in light of various government abuses in the past few months, has decided to take action against corruption by releasing this.”

Based on examination of the files in the leak, they appear to originate from a MySQL database, which Reddit confirms. A number of users on the world news subreddit (including some Turkish posters) loaded up the leaked database, finding that it was from the MERNIS system and contained a directory of an enormous amount of Turkish citizens, including ID numbers and full addresses. Exactly how much of the Turkish population this data covers is currently unknown, but this looks to be a disastrous breach for the Turkish government.

It is worrying for the information security of the Turkish government that such a leak was allowed to take place. Not just this, but the fact that the hacker had supposedly had continuous access to government systems for at least two years prior to the leak. The potential consequences of this leak are huge too, as it provides a treasure trove of personal data for criminals to use. Hopefully, the Turkish government will have an answer for this leak, however, it may be too-little-too-late for those whose personal data is already in the public domain.

Upcoming Antec P9 Window Edition Chassis Leaked!

The Antec P9 looks set to make a return later this year, as image have surfaced showing off a major revision to the design which is not currently on their EU website. The chassis has a nice big design, offering up room for ATX, Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX motherboards, with up to eight expansion slots at the back. The PSU is bottom mounted, with a huge amount of room, so even high-end PSUs should fit with ease. There’s slide out washable dust filters on the front panel, so maintenance should be nice and easy.

Cable routing looks very promising, with lots of room behind the motherboard, and lots of routing spaces where you would need them most. Expandability looks especially interesting, with a huge bank of 3.5/2.5″ drive trays towards the front of the chassis, but there’s also a pair of dedicated 2.5″ drive bays behind the motherboard, as well as an extra 3.5″ bay in the 5.25″ slot. These are especially handy, as the entire front hard drive bays can be removed, which frees up a vast amount of vertical and horizontal space for thick radiators and other custom look water cooling hardware. It looks like the chassis will handle a 240mm radiator in the front, 240/280/360mm in the top, as well as mounting areas for reservoir and pump hardware.

Obvious additions such as the side panel window are going to be great for those eager to show off their build and with room for enthusiast hardware such as extra-long graphics cards, thick radiators, high-end PSUs and more, you’ll no doubt be eager to see what’s going on through that window panel.

We’re expecting prices in the region of £70-80, keeping in line with Antec’s current pricing structure. We’ll update you as soon as we have more information.

18TB of Hacked Data from Largest US Police Union Leaked

A massive cache of private files belonging to the largest police union in America was leaked online following a breach of its website. The Fraternal Order of Police, which represents around 330,000 US police officers, admitted on Friday that its servers had been hacked after around 18TB-worth of data from the organisation was distributed online.

According to The Guardian, the leaked files contain names and addresses of members, controversial city authority contracts, and private forum posts critical of President Barack Obama.

When the hack was traced back to a UK IP address, a British citizen, operating under the pseudonym Cthulhu, admitted responsibility for leaking the data in a post on his website.

“Today I released some files from the Fraternal Order of Police,” Cthulhu wrote, “allegedly the largest union-type body in the US representing sworn-in police officers. Since then, many groups have shared it over social media and other means, for which I thank all who have donated their bandwidth to seed the files over the torrent.”

While Cthulhu refused to reveal how he obtained the data he subsequently leaked, he clarifies that he did not commit the breach himself, saying, “I will not speak on behalf of the source, who has asked to remain anonymous. As this is the wishes of the source, I cannot provide “exclusive” information or a behind the scenes to anyone, no matter how respected you are in the industry or the promises made.”

“My word is my bond, and so I owe the source a degree of protection from the media, as was his/her wishes. If the source wishes to discuss his/her identity, they shall come forth in their own time,” he added.

The FOP has used the attack as evidence of a pervasive “anti-police” sentiment, but Alex Vitale, Associate Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College, argues that it provides a level of transparency into police operations that the public should be entitled to.

““No one really knows what is going on inside police unions,” Vitale told The Guardian. “The most troubling thing is that they have been able to work out disciplinary procedures that shield them from oversight, as in what steps that the employer has to go to discipline or terminate someone.”

Sony Denies PlayStation VR Price Leak

We’ve recently seen the Oculus Rift become available for pre-orders and the first batch of them was gone very quickly, so there is a market for these virtual reality devices despite their somewhat high price for some people. While the Oculus Rift will set you back $600 as a pre-order, you also get a controller and a couple of games included in the bundle. With that in mind, a lot of people that have both a PC and a PlayStation 4 had hoped that Sony’s PlayStation VR might be a cheaper option. That might or might not be the case, but if Amazon’s recent price leak was real, then it will cost more than the Rift.

Amazon Canada has started to list Sony’s PlayStation VR on their website and for a short while it had a price attached to it. The listing is still active at the time of writing this article, but the price has since been removed again. Amazon Canada had the Sony PlayStation VR headset listed for $1125.35 CAD which is about $800 USD, making it $200 more expensive than the Oculus Rift. Forbes was first to report on this, but Sony was quick to come out with a statement to the outlet. “This was an error by Amazon, we haven’t announced a price for PlayStation VR.”

While it is natural for Sony to come out and deny the leak right away with a phrasing that doesn’t really deny the leak itself, it is most likely just a price holder set by Amazon and one that shouldn’t have been shown. This is common practice and we’ve seen the PS4 being listed for $1000 before it officially became available – again just as a placeholder. We should also remember, as mentioned a few times already, that Oculus already revealed the price for their Rift headset. Sony will naturally try to compete with this price as much as it is possible for them. This will be the year where virtual reality really starts and it could make a lot of difference down the road who secures themselves the biggest userbase from the start.

While this $800 Sony PlayStation VR price leak might have been a letdown, I’m sure that we will know the real price very soon. After all, the PSVR headset is set for a Q1 2016 release.

Assassin’s Creed Franchise Taking a Breather

The Assassin’s Creed franchise has seen its share of bad publicity with the last couple of games released. Assassin’s Creed Unity was a fiasco of magnitudes and while Syndicate did better, it failed to reach the same sales records as previous games. Both Ubisoft and Assassin’s Creed have gotten a bad name and it looks like they’re pulling the breaks in order to take a breather and get the series back on track.

According to multiple anonymous sources which have provided credible leaks in this franchise before, we won’t see any new game in this series in 2016 at all. The next Assassin’s Creed game will instead come in 2017, giving the developing studio a little more time to come up with a fix for a broken game.

Now when I say broken game, I don’t refer to the trouble with Unity, but rather the whole concept. Assassin’s Creed is caught between the casual and hardcore gamers and with a product that doesn’t satisfy either one in the end. The original stealth approach has been replaced with a more straight on slaughter mode and the introduction of more and more firearms also disgruntled a lot of users. Not to mention the ship battles in Blag Flag, that while cool seemed totally out of place in the game.

One of the anonymous sources also leaked some information on the new games location and setup, but that wasn’t confirmed by any of the other sources. But according to this source, the new Assassin’s Creed game coming out in 2017 will be set in Ancient Egypt with the protagonist being a (former) slave. The project is codenamed Empire, but that will most likely not be the official name. The new game is said to

The new game is said to get a Witcher 3 feel with player progression and a freeform combat system. The environment is described as extremely colourful and with very little parkour. Both of these things might be something that will leave the hardcore fans disappointed. There will be horses and ships to travel, but no naval combat, oh and you’ll get a pet eagle like the one known from the Far Cry franchise.

While I think that it is great that Ubisoft is taking a breather to rebuild a damaged and what used to be one of my favourite game series, I’m not convinced that what has been leaked so far will change much. It’s just not the same game anymore.

As bonus information, I can add that it looks like Ubisoft will use the opening created by this to release Watch Dogs 2 instead, but that’s just another rumour so far.

Google Isn’t Happy With AVG’s Chrome Plugin

AVG have a give and take relationship when it comes to their attitudes and approach with security and privacy, from their creation of glasses that could hide you from facial recognition software to going so far as to start selling your browsing activity to companies. AVG Chrome plugin has been found to bypass Chrome’s security features, something which Google are less than happy with.

The Web TuneUp tool is available for download from Chrome’s extension store, which sent the web addresses where they were compared against known malicious sites, in hopes that they could warn you before you land on one of those bad sites. The way the plugin was created though reportedly left the information open to exploits as reported by Google Security researcher Tavis Ormandy on December 15 in an issue report. In the report, he describes it by stating that it “exposes browsing history and other personal data to the internet”.

Ormandy was less than pleased about it, stating that he was unsure if he should contact AVG (an action that he did do) or if he should ask the extension abuse team to investigate it as a PuP (Potentially unwanted program, a term often used to describe pieces of software that could also be described as viruses or malware).

As of December, 28th AVG has completed a secure patch for the plugin while it has been reported by Ars Technica that the plugin was frozen while the plugin was investigated for policy violations.

AMD’s New AM4 Chips Could be Set for Spring 2016 Launch

AMD’s new line of CPUs and APUs are hotly awaited amongst hardware enthusiasts and long-time fans of the company. These new chips, set to make use of AMD’s upcoming AM4 socket have been the subject of a number of leaks, the latest of which saw a number of AM4 products being spotted on a leak from Zauba’s shipping database. The leak included mention of multiple components, with both an AM4 quad-core CPU, quad-core GPU and also an AM4 motherboard.

The leak shows that the components had been shipped to AMD’s testing facility in India, and WCCFtech believe that they belong to the Bristol Ridge family of APUs. As can be seen, 3 different batches of deliveries were made in late October and early November. Included in these were a batch of AM4 APU prototypes and a further batch of AM4 CPU prototypes, both with a TDP of 65W. The later of the shippings included an AM4 motherboard with the FOC acronym, MYRTLE codename and mentioned DDR4 support. FOC stands for Full Operational Capacity, meaning it is likely that the AM4 motherboard specifications are complete.

When you start to aggregate the data on AMD’s leaks, it starts to paint a picture of just when the chips could be released. A leaked BIOS microcode update three months ago showed the addition of functionality for AMD’s new AM4 chips. And WCCFTech notes that the last leak on a chip sent for testing, the mobile chip Carrizo, saw the chips being released just 4 months later.

This all could mean that AMD’s new shot at the gaming CPU crown could be on the way soon, both with its high-end Summit Ridge chips, and more budget all-in-one Bristol Ridge and Stoney Ridge APU chips. The question of whether AMD will be able to oust Intel from their position at the top, which has seemed secure for many years now, and return to the days of the Athlon remains to be seen.

Paypal Leaks Steam’s Upcoming Winter Sale Date

The Steam digital distribution client gained notoriety for deep discounts on a wide selection of games from niche indie titles to AAA blockbusters. Although, in recent years, the sales haven’t been as enticing and many people flock to third-party key resellers to acquire the latest games at rock bottom prices. Nevertheless, during any Steam event, there’s always some bargains to be found. As you might expect, Valve is planning a Winter Sale for the holiday period. Furthermore, The Dark Side of Gaming received an advert from Paypal leaking the sale’s date:

It’s not uncommon for Steam sale dates to be revealed beforehand, but it’s certainly an error on Paypal’s part. Unless, they want to inform people prior to the sale to purchase Steam gift cards. Whatever the case, December 22nd isn’t too far off and I cannot wait to see which games I can pick up for low prices. Sadly, it looks like there won’t be able flash deals, or daily deals due to the recent Steam Refund Policy. This does take away some of the excitement factor and I loved the countdown when new deals arrived each day.