Monday, August 25, 2014

Someone is not amused.
Sony PlayStation Network and other game services attacked
Sony's PlayStation Network was forced offline for much of Sunday by a cyber-attack in what appears to be a campaign against several online gaming services.
Microsoft's XBox Live, Blizzard's, and Grinding Gear Games are among others to have reported being disrupted over the weekend.
The attacks coincided with a bomb scare involving a flight carrying a Sony executive.
An American Airlines jet was diverted after a threat was made online.
A warning that the flight - from Dallas-Fort Worth to San Diego - was carrying explosives was subsequently repeated by a Twitter account that had been used to claim responsibility for the online attacks.
John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment, had been tweeting about his firm's efforts to combat a "large scale DDoS" before posting a message saying he was about to board the plane.

Not sure when these were originally published.
New on LLRX – Four Part Series on Privacy and Data Security Violations
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Aug 24, 2014
Via – fours new articles by law professor Daniel J. Solove on privacy, data protection and the harm caused by breaches.

Interstate, intrastate... No one can tell them apart.
Orin Kerr writes:
Last week, a district court considered whether the federal computer hacking statute, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, applies to a laptop computer not connected to the Internet. The court concluded in Pine Environmental Services v. Carson (D.Mass. August 20, 2014) (Talwani, J.), that the Act does not apply in such circumstances because the alleged crime is not interstate in nature. As much as I favor narrow readings of the CFAA, I think the court was incorrect. Unfortunately, the CFAA is so broad it includes pretty much every computer, connected to the Internet or not. In this post I’ll explain why.
Read more on WaPo The Volokh Conspiracy.

Another example of “teachers know best?”
United States: Boy held for 'killing pet dinosaur'
A high-school student in the US state of South Carolina has been arrested and suspended from school over a writing assignment in which he claimed to have killed his neighbour's pet dinosaur, it's been reported.
Alex Stone, 16, says he was told to write something in the style of a Facebook status update for a project at Summerville High School. But when he allegedly wrote: "I killed my neighbor's pet dinosaur. I bought the gun to take care of the business," worried teachers called the police, local news station WCSC reports. Officials questioned Stone and searched his schoolbag and locker but didn't find any weapons. But police say the boy was difficult during questioning, and he was arrested and charged with disturbing the school, the SF Gate website says. Stone was also suspended for a week.
The boy's mother, Karen Gray, says she thinks the school overreacted. "I could understand if they made him rewrite it," she says in an interview with NY Daily News, adding the school didn't call her to explain what was happening.

Some interesting statistics.
US Wi-Fi Report – July 2014
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Aug 24, 2014
OpenSignal: “Public Wi-Fi has transformed the way we stay connected, enabling a whole generation of start-ups to be created in cafes and other ad-hoc workspaces. Cafes are now seem almost as likely to publicly advertise their Wi-Fi network as they are the quality of their coffee. As we grow more demanding of Wi-Fi, expecting to be able to watch television or skype friends on publicly accessible connections, knowing that a certain location offers Wi-Fi is no longer enough. We know which cafes have Wi-Fi, we know which stores have Wi-Fi, and we know that the hotels we visit have Wi-Fi; what we don’t know is how fast that Wi-Fi will be.”

Not all games are computer based.
The retro cult around Fighting Fantasy gamebooks
In March 1983, an unconventional series of books held the top three entries of the Sunday Times bestseller list. These were Fighting Fantasy books - stories "in which YOU are the Hero". All that you needed to take part was a pencil, eraser, dice and an active imagination, writes Peter Ray Allison.
Created more than 30 years ago by Games Workshop founders Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, Fighting Fantasy continues to remain popular. The forthcoming Fighting Fantasy Fest in London will see dedicated fans coming from as far as Taiwan and Australia.

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