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Researchers find new point-of-sale malware called BlackPOS

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A new piece of malware that infects point-of-sale (POS) systems has already been used to compromise thousands of payment cards belonging to customers of U.S. banks, according to researchers from Group-IB, a security and computer forensics company based in Russia. POS malware is not a new type of threat,...
Researchers find new point-of-sale malware called BlackPOS

Gunpoint - review

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PC; £9; Tom Francis; Cert: N/AJobs I have fantasised about: private investigator, Spider-Man, high-tech hacker. Gunpoint is the stuff dreams are made of, a noirish 2D adventure that wraps all three up in a hat and trenchcoat then calls it Conway.Conway is an agile sort, capable of scaling any surface,...
Gunpoint - review

Queen Elizabeth honors Marc Andreessen, others with engineering prize

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The first QEPrize will go to Andreessen along with Louis Pouzin, Robert Kahn, Vinton Cert and Tim Berners-Lee for ground-breaking work that led to the Internet and World Wide Web. [Read more]...
Queen Elizabeth honors Marc Andreessen, others with engineering prize

Assassin's Creed III - review

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Wii U, Ubisoft, cert: 18It's tempting to measure Assassin's Creed III on the Wii U against the earlier release on competing formats. Tempting, but almost pointless, as the game itself is largely unchanged.It is still the tale of trainee assassin Desmond and his memories of half-Mohawk ancestor Connor, set in...
Assassin's Creed III - review

The Ratchet & Clank Trilogy: Classics HD – review

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PlayStation 3, Sony, cert: 7, out: Friday 29 JuneSince entering the games console business, Sony has struggled to find a mascot inherently linked to the brand in the way that Nintendo has Mario and Sega has Sonic. There have been plenty of candidates: Lara Croft and Nathan Drake immediately spring...
The Ratchet & Clank Trilogy: Classics HD – review

Star Trek - review

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Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Namco Bandai, cert: 16, out nowCarving out a niche for itself between the two blockbuster movies, Star Trek follows up on the fate of the vagabond Vulcans, now missing one home planet, while reintroducing the reptillian Gorn aliens into the rebooted canon.The game benefits from voicing...
Star Trek - review

Assassin's Creed III - review

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(Wii U, Ubisoft, cert 18)It's tempting to measure Assassin's Creed III on the Wii U against the earlier release on competing formats. Tempting, but almost pointless, as the game itself is largely unchanged.It is still the tale of trainee assassin Desmond and his memories of half-Mohawk ancestor Connor, set in...
Assassin's Creed III - review

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask - review

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3DS, Nintendo, cert:7, out nowNintendo's Professor Layton series tends to divide the critics. To some, it is little more than a puzzle compendium, padded out with filler narrative. To others, it combines an elaborate fictional world with neatly implemented brain-benders. The reality is a little of both, and now the...
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask - review

Street Fighter X Tekken – review

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Xbox 360, PS3, Capcom, cert: 12, out nowThe once-unthinkable crossover between Street Fighter and Tekken, the most popular 2D and 3D fighting games in the world, will actually be made twice, though Namco Bandai's half of the equation, Tekken X Street Fighter, remains without a release date.In the meantime, it's...
Street Fighter X Tekken – review

Luigi's Mansion 2 - review

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3DS, Nintendo, cert: 7, released Friday 28 MarchDespite it being a full 10 years since Luigi last donned his custom vacuum cleaner and captured ghosts in a haunted mansion, the overdue arrival of Luigi's Mansion 2 was well worth the wait.The sequel still sees the world's second most famous plumber...
Luigi's Mansion 2 - review

Syndicate – review

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Xbox 360, PS3, PC, EA, cert 18, out nowA confession: I've never played the original and much-lauded Syndicate game, from 1993. So, when I say that EA's reimagining barely progresses beyond mediocrity, I should make it clear that this opinion is not one shrouded by misty-eyed nostalgia.The setting is a...
Syndicate – review

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Dawnguard DLC - review

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Xbox 360; 1600 MSP; cert 15+; Bethesda SoftworksI can't speak to anyone else's experience of playing Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (from here on known simply as Skyrim), but I sank a sizable chunk of time into it. I didn't max out my character, and I certainly didn't uncover every map-point...
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Dawnguard DLC - review

Mozilla Debates Whether To Trust Chinese CA

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At his Freedom to Tinker blog, Ed Felten has a thoughtful, accessible piece on the debate at Mozilla about whether Firefox, by default, should trust a Chinese certificate authority (as it has since October). Felten explains in clear language why this is significant, and therefore controversial. An excerpt: "To see...
Mozilla Debates Whether To Trust Chinese CA

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier – review

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Xbox 360, PS3, Ubisoft, cert: 15Offering a speculative look at near-future military operations, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier aims to re-energise the long-running Ghost Recon series with the barest hint of sci-fi. As far as tone goes, it's a success – an arsenal built upon current developments in combat...
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier – review

Ace of Spades - review

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PC, Jagex, cert: N/A, out nowFor anyone new to the indie game scene, Ace of Spades is best described as the answer to "what if you could shoot everything in Minecraft?" Take the charming, blocky aesthetic of the "build anything" sandbox game, strap on a bunch of online-only, team-based multiplayer...
Ace of Spades - review

Binary Domain – review

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Xbox 360, PS3, Sega, cert 15, out nowSet in a futuristic Tokyo, where robots walk among us and have no idea they're not human, ostensibly Binary Domain is so far, so Blade Runner, but what follows is a third-person, squad-based shooter, more immediately reminiscent of Gears of War or Mass...
Binary Domain – review

Aliens: Colonial Marines - review

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Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Sega, cert: 18The games industry owes a significant debt to the Alien movies. Given the widespread co-opting of its source material, Colonial Marines faced a monumental task in attempting to be both fresh and faithful to the film. It has met the challenge with some success.Antiseptic...
Aliens: Colonial Marines - review
Iran says Flame virus could be cause behind “mass data loss”

Wonderbook - review

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PS3, Sony, cert: 7, out nowImagine a game you control with a book. Not a virtual book, but one made of paper and card and binding glue. Welcome, then, to Wonderbook, a game that could not offer a more vivid and attractive alternative to the gung-ho chest-beating of Call of...
Wonderbook - review

Donkey Kong Country Returns - review

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3DS, Nintendo, cert: 3Last time we saw Donkey Kong Country Returns it was in the form of a Wii game rooted firmly in only two dimensions. Its new incarnation comes bolstered by 3D visuals, and a subtle rebalancing of the platformer's mechanics in favour of less experienced players. Let's be...
Donkey Kong Country Returns - review

NeverDead – review

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Xbox 360, PS3, Konami, cert: 15, out: nowDeveloped by the UK studio Rebellion, NeverDead is something of a welcome surprise – a fun third-person shoot-'em-up with a novel gameplay twist. Player-character Bryce, a world-weary and wisecracking demon hunter with a history of hatred for the undead, is immortal. His limbs...
NeverDead – review

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time - review

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PS Vita, PS3, Sony, cert: TBCThough Sly Cooper's been absent for eight years, the robbing raccoon's brand of stealthy platform gameplay still holds up. Cast into the time stream to save his ancestors and rebuild the Cooper family's tome of thieving knowledge, Sly's capers introduce various side characters, each with...
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time - review

Adobe promises to soon patch 2-year-old Shockwave flaw

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Adobe plans in February to close a dangerous hole in its Shockwave application that causes the application to be downgraded when a user launches older multimedia content, allowing hackers to target years-old vulnerabilities. The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (U.S. CERT) issued an advisory on the vulnerability, which could...
Adobe promises to soon patch 2-year-old Shockwave flaw

Gravity Rush – review

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PS Vita, Sony, cert: 12Set in a gorgeous, cel-shaded world filled with striking characters, Gravity Rush serves as much as a showcase for the PS Vita's capabilities as it does for progressive game design. In the role of an amnesiac called Kat, you'll move gravity around, leaping from ground to...
Gravity Rush – review

Mars: War Logs - review

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PC, Focus Interactive, cert: 16Launched with little fanfare, Mars: War Logs is big on ideas and ambition. Sadly, though, those ambitions are outstripped by an inability to make good on them. Which is disappointing, since what's here has all the makings of a great RPG. Despite casting players into another...
Mars: War Logs - review

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - review

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Xbox 360, PS3, Konami, cert: 18For years, the Metal Gear series has focused on methodical stealth action and restrained gunplay. But with Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, a new creative team is at the helm, and as a result the series has taken a confident new direction. Platinum Games has moulded...
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - review

Malware infects US power facilities through USB drives

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Two U.S. power companies reported infections of malware during the past three months, with the bad software apparently brought in through tainted USB drives, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). In one case, the industrial control system at a...
Malware infects US power facilities through USB drives

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition – review

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Xbox 360, PC, Namco, Cert: 18, out nowThe Witcher 2 debuted on PC last year, but this enhanced edition has been worth the wait, offering a wealth of improvements. Luckily, an early tutorial is one of them, as the fighting and alchemy system of the game can be dauntingly complex...
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition – review

Fractured Soul - review

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3DS, Nintendo, cert: 12, out nowOstensibly a 2D pick-up-and-play scrolling platformer, Fractured Soul, in development since 2004, offers far more than might be expected. The only apparent objective is to escape a labyrinthine space station filled with baddies. Drawing comparisons with retro classics of the Mega Man ilk, the game...
Fractured Soul - review

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 - review

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Xbox 360, PS3, Namco, cert 16Given that Tekken Tag Tournament is one of the all-time great fighting titles and is still played today, it is a little surprising that it has taken Namco Bandai 12 years to create a sequel. But it has been worth the wait. Hardcore fans will find plenty...
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 - review
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