In today’s Bulldog wrapup of technology news:
- A new Zelda emerges at E3 (watch video)
- Russian hackers hit Democrat servers
- NATO adds cyber to weapons
- Man gets prison time for spamming Facebook users
- ‘Legend of Zelda’: 5 ways ‘Breath of the Wild’ is different
Nintendo is putting all of its faith in Link at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
The video game publisher is using its entire booth at the gaming industry’s annual extravaganza to promote “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” the latest installment of the action-adventure series starring iconic adventurer Link.
After delaying the title from last year, “Breath of the Wild” is set for release next March for the Wii U console. It will also be available for Nintendo’s yet-to-be-revealed NX system, scheduled to debut in 2017.
“We knew a trailer and a five-minute experience weren’t going to be enough,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America. “We wanted to immerse the player in the experience of ‘Breath of the Wild.’ In order to do that, we needed to dedicate our entire booth to that experience. Because it is this open-air adventure, it still doesn’t capture all of the content we’ve brought to E3. This is just a fraction of the overall game experience.”
Watch the trailer at:
- Russian hackers Democrat servers
Sophisticated hackers linked to Russian intelligence services broke into the Democratic National Committee’s computer networks and gained access to confidential emails, chats and opposition research on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, people familiar with the breach said Tuesday.
CrowdStrike Inc., a cybersecurity firm, said the DNC asked it to investigate a suspected breach of its systems that began as early as last summer. CrowdStrike said it quickly found traces of two of the best adversaries in the hacking arena, both tied to the Russian government.
The newly revealed attacks join a host of high-profile digital breaches affecting current and past White House hopefuls, underscoring vulnerabilities in digital networks that increasingly hold sensitive data about political candidates, their opponents and their donors.
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz called the incident serious and said the committee moved quickly to “kick out the intruders and secure our network.” The DNC said donor, financial and personal information did not appear to have been accessed by the hackers.
But an individual knowledgeable of the breach said at least one year’s worth of detailed chats, emails and opposition research on Trump were stolen. That kind of research, a staple of political campaigns, often contains detailed information — sometimes factual and sometimes specious — about a candidate’s personal and professional history.
The individual, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the breach, said DNC officials first learned about the hack in late April when its technology staff discovered malware on its computers.
- NATO adds cyber to operation areas
NATO has agreed to make cyber operations part of its war domain, along with air, sea and land operations, and to beef up the defense of its computer networks.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the decision to formally consider cyber operations a military domain is not aimed at any one country. He says the allies need to be able to better defend themselves and respond to attacks on their computer networks.
The decision has been long in coming, particularly amid rising tensions with Russia, which has proven its willingness to launch computer-based attacks against other nations.
Russian hackers have been blamed for a breach into an unclassified Pentagon computer network and for a breach of NATO’s computer network two years ago.
Stoltenberg was speaking at the meeting of NATO defense ministers.
About a year ago, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told NATO that it must improve its ability to protect itself before it builds its cyberwar capabilities. And he pledged that the U.S. would use its expertise to help allies assess their vulnerabilities and reduce the risk to their critical infrastructure.
In 2014, after years of debate, NATO finally agreed that a cyberattack could rise to the level of a military assault and could trigger the Article 5 protections, which allow the alliance to go to the collective defense of another member that has been attacked.
- 2 years in prison for man who sent spam to Facebook users
Federal prosecutors say a Las Vegas man has been sentenced to2 ½ years in prison for sending more than 27 million spam messages to Facebook users and disobeying a court order not to access Facebook.
Federal prosecutors say Tuesday a federal judge in San Jose, California on Monday also ordered 47-year-old Sanford Wallace to pay $310,000 in restitution.
Last year Wallace admitted to accessing about 500,000 Facebook accounts and sending unsolicited ads disguised as friend posts over a three-month span.
Prosecutors say Wallace collected Facebook user account information by sending “phishing” messages that tricked users of the social networking site into providing their passwords.
According to the indictment, he then used that information to log into their accounts and post spam messages on their friends’ Facebook walls.