Assassins Creed Movie Gets Tiered Pre-orders

People like movies, people like games. The natural combination of these is a movie based on a game or a movie based on a game. With games series like Thief getting the movie treatment, it should come as no surprise that we would be getting an Assassins Creed movie. What may come as a surprise though is that it will be getting tiered pre-orders for the cinema tickets.

The offer is currently only available in the U.S. as part of a deal between Ubisoft and website Kernel. With games getting tiers, each one containing more and more limited edition features than the last, the next logical step was to grant moviegoers the same reason to up their ticket prices.

All tiers include tickets to go see the film when it releases, a digital copy of the script and behind the scenes extras, most also include things relating to Aguilar, the main character of the film and the latest assassin. The tiers add more as you pay more:

  • $15: Collectors Watch and Temporary Tattoos Of Aguilar and Maria
  • $25: a T-Shirt
  • $60: Toy replica of Aguilar’s hidden blade.
  • $120: A official Assassins creed hoodie.
  • $600: A scale statue of Aguilar, hand finished and painted made from polystone.
  • $1,200: An 18″ 15th-century crossbow replica in 1:1 scale, just one of 20 available.

Would you pay $1,200 to go see a film? How about $60? Give us your thoughts in the comments below.

Sony Hands Out Free Game Codes To Compensate For 2011 Hack

A few years ago Sony had a rather bad hack, which affected around 70 million of their customers. In the wake of the hack, Sony offered to renew its efforts to increase security alongside some gifts to appease players who suffered during the 23-day outage. As of March 2nd, you may find that the promised free game codes have finally arrived.

Depending on the services you were signed up to when the hack happened (PlayStation Network, Qriocity and Sony Online Entertainment), you can claim a variety of rewards. As part of Sony’s initial scheme people were offered to grab a game, but don’t worry if you didn’t manage to grab one all the time back then, you can grab two now.

The games available vary based on which of the available platforms you wish to collect your reward for, with the Playstation 3, Vita and PSP all being offered free rewards as a sorry. If you want to grab a game you can now get inFamous, LittleBigPlanet and even the God Of War HD Collection for free but they will be limited to the aforementioned consoles.

With the lawsuit spawning this reward scheme valued at $2.75 million, Sony must be happy that they can get away with a few free games or even a little account credit or PSN time almost five years since the hack began the security awareness that so many companies are still suffering from.

GAME Manager Accidentally Orders Complete Stock of Gift Cards

In the retail sector, having to deal with customer complaints and product launches can be extremely tiresome. As a result, it’s quite easy for staff members to make blunders under stress but these are usually on a small scale. Unbelievably, the manager of a Scottish GAME branch managed to order the company’s entire stock of gift cards. Initially, this created a panic regarding GAME’s financial status as some people believe they were about to re-enter administration. Eurogamer spoke to GAME employees who mentioned the reward card shortages but GAME has denied these claims. A spokersperson said:

 “This is simply untrue and there has not been a Gift Card ordering error,” 

“As always, customers can purchase Gift Cards across all of our stores and online.”

GAME has begun to replenish the stock levels and customers should be able to purchase gift cards at the time of writing. Whether GAME is trying to cover up this embarrassing move is up for discussion, but it’s not outside the realms of possibility. The Christmas season is vital for GAME and provides a great deal of their yearly profit totals. I highly doubt the employees in question would lie about such a silly error, meaning GAME’s official response is quite peculiar.

When was the last time you shopped in GAME?

Researcher Found Flaw Which Could Have Been Used to Erase Every Video on YouTube

Software developer Kamil Hismatullin has discovered a security flaw in YouTube that apparently granted him the power to delete any video he wanted. This means that he had the power to delete each and every video on the website, but don’t be alarmed, he had no desire to do so.

The developer reported the flaw to Google and apparently collected $5000 through the company’s Vulnerability Research Grants that launched back in January. For those unaware, the program offers anyone who finds significant vulnerabilities in specific applications a reward as an incentive for researchers to find and reports bugs and security flaws, having Google quickly swiping in and fixing them.

Hismatullin is said to have been offered $1337 back in February to dig into YouTube Creator Studio and after just six or seven hours, he found “a logical bug that let me delete any video on YouTube with just one following request.”

“Although it was an early Saturday’s morning in SF when I reported issue, Google sec team replied very fast, since this vuln could create utter havoc in a matter of minutes in the bad hands who can used this vulnerability to extort people or simply disrupt YouTube by deleting massive amounts of videos in a very short period of time,” he wrote. “It was fixed in several hours, Google rewarded me $5k and luckily no Bieber videos were harmed :D”

A Google representative has confirmed what Hismatullin reported, having the exploit be one of or even the most destructive one found so far on the streaming giant’s website. Can you imagine a world where you go to YouTube and all of a sudden you are greeted with 0 videos on the entire webpage?

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US Law Enforcement Offer $3M Reward for Gameover ZeuS Botnet Suspect

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of State’s Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program is offering a $3 million reward for information that leads to the arrest or conviction of Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, the man suspected of being the administrator of the devastating  peer-to-peer botnet Gameover ZeuS.

The Gameover ZeuS botnet target banks and other financial establishments, infecting over 1 million computers and stealing more than $100 million. The DOJ managed to disrupt Gameover ZeuS last Summer.

Bogachev has made it to the FBI’s Cyber Most Wanted List and is thought to be still living in his Russian homeland. The DOJ suspect Bogachev of being the leader of a “tightly knit gang” of Russian cybercriminals, developing and operating the Gameover ZeuS and Cryptolocker malwares.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said, “One significant part of the puzzle remains incomplete, as Bogachev remains at large. Although we were able to significantly disrupt the Gameover Zeus and Cryptolocker criminal enterprise, we have not yet brought Bogachev himself to justice.”

Source: Computer World

Russian Interior Ministry Offers £65.5k for Tor Crack

 

The Tor Network has been a huge thorn to most governments and anyone else trying to control the flow of information. We’ve read lot about both the US and UK governments and security agencies and their view on the Tor network. Now Russia has entered that list of governments seeking out ways to decrypt the Tor traffic they intercept.

The Russian Interior Ministry takes a different approach than the rest, offering up a tender to find a solution for decryption of the intercepted traffic. They are offering 3.9 million ruble, that’s around £65.5k or $111k. The tender only seems to be open to organisations that already do secret work for the government, so this isn’t for everyone.

The Tor network is a great tool for the citizens of countries like Russia where free speech is still seriously limited, but as so many great tools it can also be used for bad things. Criminals of all sorts hide behind it on the same level as those who just don’t want to get tracked and spied on.

There have also been huge botnets hiding within the Tor network sending out spam and malware to the rest of the world. Many of those are originating from Russia, so there might very well be genuine police and security concerns at hand too.

We will probably never know the real truth and full story on this and personally I think the reward offered is pretty low for what is asked of you.

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Image courtesy of Tor.

Bing Rewards App for Windows Phone Launched, 5 Months after iOS and Android

Latest news from Microsoft point to having its Bing Rewards app being released (finally) for Windows Phone, having it come out for its own handset operating system almost 5 months after the release on Android and iOS.

The company’s reward program has been around since 2010, having it be launched as an incentive to increase Microsoft’s share in the search engine market. For who is unaware, the tool is designed to reward users working with Microsoft’s Bing search engine. Credits are earned over time with usage which users can then trade in for some goods Microsoft is offering.

The Windows Phone version of the application features basically the same functions as the iOS and Android counterparts, having the only advantage be in the operating system at hand. While the iOS and Android versions need to be accessed by tapping on the application icon, Windows Phone lets you pin it as a tile on the home screen and allows you to quickly monitor your credit.

In terms of goods offered, Microsoft appears to have gift cards, items on Amazon.com, Starbucks discounts, Xbox goodies, Fandango and others. Users who feel more humanitarian can also opt in to donate their credits to a local school or charity.

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GitHub Launches Bug Bounty Program, Calls All ‘Bounty Hunters’ For A Challenge and Cash!

GitHub has launched its GitHub Bug Bounty, a program aimed to help security researchers in finding bugs and flaws in system. The company is reportedly willing to pay between $100 and $5,000 for each security vulnerability discovered and responsibly disclosed by hackers.

Only the GitHub API, GitHub Gist, and GitHub.com. GitHub are available for the above mentioned program, but the company says its other Web properties and applications are not part of the program though vulnerabilities found “may receive a cash reward at our discretion.”, as they pointed out.

The amount of money given for bugs and flaws is said to be “based on actual risk and potential impact to our users.” Meaning, the bigger the potential scope and the bigger the severity of the issue, the larger the payout.

“If you find a reflected XSS that is only possible in Opera, which is 60% of our traffic, will earn a much larger reward.” GitHub gave as an example.

Even spotting a very low-level bug is worth disclosing for the extra cash. Not only are you getting paid for your hard work, but you’re making the Web safer in the long-run. Bug bounty programs are becoming more and more popular because they work. The damages caused by exploited bugs are much greater than simply paying security researchers for finding them first.

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Bitcoin Rewards Offered By PointsHound For Booking Hotel Rooms

Reports say that PointsHound is now offering members the option of earning Bitcoins and use them to book hotel rooms.

The site allows users to select Bitcoin as a reward method for their next hotel stay, having the payout variable and depending on multiple factors, most importantly being where a user chooses to stay. For example, a three-night stay in New York City will net more Bitcoins than a similar stay in Pittsburgh. Other factors include the market value of Bitcoin and whether or not the hotel you choose offers the maximum commission to PointsHound. What’s more, the site uses an in-house algorithm to calculate how much Bitcoin is offered by each hotel. Fortunately, all of this information is shown when you perform a query.

To be noted as well is that PointsHound partners with more than 150,000 hotels around the globe. Tech Spot did a check of hotels on the Las Vegas strip for a three-night stay, having results shows Bitcoin rewards ranging from 0.0356 at Circus Hotel to 0.1392 for those staying at the Wynn Las Vegas.

Pete Van Dorn, co-founder of PointsHound, points out that rewards are typically sent to a user’s Bitcoin wallet with a few days of checkout from the hotel but can take up to two weeks at most.

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