Malware in $81m bank hack has ‘same unique characteristics’ as found in Sony attack


Investigators looking into the hacks on the Bangladesh Bank and wider SWIFT network of financial institutions have said that some of the evidence found so far suggests that some software found in the Sony hack investigation was also found on the bank’s systems. According to Reuters, security researchers from BAE Systems looking into the attack say that the malware found has “the same unique characteristics” as software identified by an earlier security project looking at a number of different hacks, including the leaking of Sony’s internal documents at the end of 2014. That hack cost millions to clean up and directly led the company to cancel the theatre…

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Sony cranks up optical disc storage to 3.3TB

Optical discs like Blu-ray are losing favor, but Sony and Panasonic don’t seem to care. The companies have cranked up the storage capacity on optical media to a stunning 3.3TB.

That’s a big advance in Sony’s optical storage, which is based on technology used in Blu-ray. The 3.3TB disc is targeted at studios, filmmakers, and broadcasters that store large volumes of video, and at large companies that store infrequently modified data.

For example, video streaming companies could hold a large library of films in storage arrays with many optical drives. Instead of using PCs, servers in data centers could then pull out movies from the drives and serve them to users via the cloud.

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Sony sets up a new company to develop mobile games

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Two months since Sony announced it was merging its PlayStation division firms into a single entity, its gaming arm has formed ForwardWorks, a new company that will focus on developing mobile games. Set to begin operations on April 1 — the same day as the recently named firm Sony Interactive Entertainment — the company will “leverage the intellectual property of the numerous PlayStation® dedicated software titles and its gaming characters” to create new “full-fledged” titles for mobile users in Japan and Asia. Sony hasn’t said when we might see the first releases from ForwardWorks. It’ll be interesting to see how…

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