Get Your System Back From Petya Without Paying a Penny!

When it comes to security threats and risks, the community as a whole is at its best when it has a common goal. An example of this was two weeks ago when a new ransomware was found going by the name Petya. Petya didn’t act like normal ransomware but instead decided it would go after your master boot record, often locking people out their entire system until they received their password after paying a nice little fee. That was until some clever people got together to create some tools to get your system back from the ransomware without paying a single penny!

The original web tool came from the twitter account @leostone and lets you retrieve your file by providing it with a selection of data from the infected hard drive. Getting the data may seem like something difficult but a separate researcher went and created a tool titled Petya Sector Extractor that can find and retrieve the required data in seconds.

By removing the hard drive and plugging it into another computer, these tools can work together to retrieve the password required to unlock your master boot record from the clutches of Petya. The sector extractor tool is hosted by Bleeping Computer, a computer self-help forum, and reports that not only does the technique work but has also provided a step-by-step tutorial for anyone who isn’t 100% regarding how to return all their family photos at zero cost.

Microsoft Wants to Know If You’ll Sell Back Your Digital Games

With the internet as fast as it is, and people gaining access to bigger and bigger storage options at cheaper prices, it comes as no surprise that people prefer the method of digital delivery for games. Being able to click a button and play a new release only minutes afterwards removes the need to travel to a store, collect a copy (if there is even one in the store) and then return home and wait for it to install. The problem being is returning or selling the copy, something Microsoft is keen to know about for your digital games.

The problem with digital games is that because they have nothing to physically return, companies are often hesitant to offer refunds or returns. Steam, one of the world’s leading digital distribution software’s, only recently updated its terms and conditions to offer returns on a wider scale than the previously accepted “paid and unplayed” model.

As part of their customer survey, Microsoft has recently been asking their users would they sell back their digital games for store credit?

In the question, they give (as an example) that the “sold back” games would give you 10% of their paid value as store credit. Meaning that £50 game would nab you £5 store credit to spend on your next game. Many would argue that 10% is barely anything of the original price while others would argue that it’s better than the games currently filling up your collections collecting digital dust.

What do you think? Would you take the offer and trade in some old games if you were offered 10% store credit?

Futurama is Coming Back as an iOS Game

Good news everyone! Futurama is back after 20th Century Fox signed a deal with German game developer Wooga to create Futurama: Release the Drones. While it’s not the new series everyone hoped for, I’m just pleased to see Futurama return. Initially, I was concerned the game would be a shameless cash-in and reskinned version of The Simpsons: Tapped Out. Thankfully, this isn’t the case as Wooga hired Dave Grossman, the writer behind The Secret of Monkey Island, Sam & Max and Telltale Games’ Tales of Monkey Island. Here is a brief snyopsis of what the game entails:

“The game takes players on a journey with the Planet Express crew as they fight a desperately imbalanced trade war against longtime shipping rival MomCo. While delivering dangerous cargo to hazardous locations under ill-advised circumstances, players connect groups of delivery drones to solve an array of fiendish puzzles as they venture into iconic environments from the FUTURAMA universe.”

Futurama is one of my favourite TV shows of all time, and I’m desperate to see more episodes or another feature film. I wouldn’t mind trying out the upcoming Futurama iOS game, and hope it eventually comes to Android. Perhaps if it’s successful enough, a PC/console release could become a possibility and maybe lead to another series. Although, I’m probably being overly optimistic here. Always remember:

“You’ve watched it! You can’t unwatch it!”

Do you have a favourite Futurama episode?

BBC Reportedly Offers Clarkson His Job Back

So we all know about the “fracas” between Jeremy Clarkson and one of the producers; if you haven’t, get from under your rock and read this. Well, now it turns out that with the massive support for Clarkson from viewers, readers and even his colleagues Richard Hammond and James May; the BBC has folded and decided to offer Jeremy his previous role back.

Now Clarkson is probably one of the most controversial presenters on TV today, possibly in the same sort of category as Russel Brand and Jonathan Ross. Well, the BBC has thought of this and gave him a rather strict “terms and conditions” page to the new contract, this is basically giving Clarkson a “minder”.

“I think that people do see a way to resolve this, and that is by putting someone strong in to manage the show and manage Clarkson. He is a brilliant broadcaster, everyone can see that.”

So could this be in the form of another presenter/ bodyguard/ child minder? Maybe before everything he says, he has to whisper it into this person’s ear and have the ‘nod’ before he can say anything, or maybe they can no longer record in front of a live audience, or even do shows like Top Gear Live?

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think Clarkson should return to Top Gear? Are the BBC being too soft? Let us know in the comments section.

Thanks to TweakTown for this information

Nvidia Mobile GPU Overclocking to Return in Next Driver Update

It was only six days ago that we could report that the latest Nvidia drivers disabled the overclocking abilities on mobile GTX900 chips and later issued the statement that the overclocking wasn’t an intended feature in their mobile series.

But users weren’t happy with this and the thread on the official GeForce forums grew and grew. Even if they would void the warranty on the hardware, users would like the ability to overclock their hardware. After all, they bought it, paid for it and own it; it’s really their choice.

Nvidia has now listened to their user base and will re-introduce the ability to overclock mobile GPUs with the next drivers. For now, users can revert back to the previous drivers to re-enable the feature – that is if you can’t wait for the next version to be released.

Thanks to Nvidia for providing us with this information

Pirate Bay Return Suspected to Be a Honeypot

We reported on the return of The Pirate Bay not long ago, but now suspicions are starting to rise that the new site may be just a honeypot setup by the FBI, one designed to lure unsuspecting pirates into an easy ambush.

The use of honeypots is nothing new and especially common after a popular site has been seized and then suddenly and magically reappears after a short time offline. The FBI has also recently shown their interest in VPNs and the Tor network.

The main concern lies in the addition of Cloudflare which is widely known for preventing DDOS attacks as well as being able to handle massive amounts of traffic. The use of this by an “illegal” download site is just illogical.

Anonymous has also gone out and warned people on their social media outlets, telling people to avoid the new Pirate Bay site.

What is your take on this? Fear spinning out of context of genuine concern? The authorities do have the ability and opportunity for it since they’ve seized the servers and domain from the original host last year.

Thanks to Play3r for providing us with this information