LastPass Got Hacked, Shenmue 3 Kickstarter, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, & More… [Tech News Digest]
Change your LastPass password, kickstarting Shenmue 3, remaking Final Fantasy 7, Xbox One plays Xbox 360 games, Netflix gets a makeover, and Conan plays Halo 5: Guardians.
LastPass Got Hacked
We want to alert our community to a recent security incident & the actions we're taking to protect users: https://t.co/DaW6Lj00wm
— LastPass (@LastPass) June 15, 2015
The popular password manager LastPass has suffered a security breach, with hackers having compromised user data. LastPass discovered suspicious activity on its network last Friday (June 12), blocked the intrusions, and immediately launched an investigation. It went public with its findings on Monday (June 15th).
In a hastily written security notice, LastPass states, “In our investigation, we have found no evidence that encrypted user vault data was taken, nor that LastPass user accounts were accessed. The investigation has shown, however, that LastPass account email addresses, password reminders, server per user salts, and authentication hashes were compromised.”
While the company maintains the “vast majority” of users are safe, everyone is being advised to change their master passwords in order to prevent any problems. The passwords you have saved within LastPass should be fine, but the master password is too important to leave anything to chance.
All LastPass users reading this should therefore choose a strong new master password (and not one of these notoriously bad passwords ) and enable two-factor authentication . They should also change their passwords on any other sites that match their previous master password. LastPass will notify anyone adversely affected by this hack via email.
Shenmue 3 Comes to Kickstarter
Shenmue 3 is actually happening, 14 years after the release of Shenmue II. Yu Suzuki, who created the Shenmue series for the Dreamcast while working at Sega, announced its return during the Sony press conference at E3 2015. However, Shenmue 3 will not be a Sony exclusive, appearing on PC as well as PlayStation 4.
In order to make Shenmue 3 a reality, Suzuki is seeking funding on Kickstarter, with $2 million needed to get the project started. It took less than two hours for Shenmue 3 to reach $1 million, and the game has since smashed through its original goal. There are still lots of questions in need of answers, but for now it’s enough to know Shenmue 3 is actually happening!
Square Enix Remaking Final Fantasy VII
Square Enix has announced it is remaking Final Fantasy VII for modern consoles, something which gamers the world over have been wishing would happen for many years. The Japanese company unveiled the first teaser trailer during Sony’s E3 press conference, and Final Fantasy VII will debut on the PlayStation 4.
The original team are back working on this remake, with Tetsuya Nomura directing, Yoshinori Kitase producing, and Kazushige Nojima named as scenario designer. Final Fantasy VII was released on the original PlayStation in 1997, so I fully expect the remake to be released in 2017. Which is two long years away. Still, better late than never.
Xbox One Now Plays Xbox 360 Games
Microsoft has announced the Xbox One can now play Xbox 360 games. This is known as backwards compatibility, something which has been missing from recent games consoles. And the reaction to the news (revealed at E3 2015) shows just how strongly gamers feel about being allowed to play old games on new consoles.
Gamers won’t be charged to play Xbox 360 games they already own, with previously purchased titles showing up automatically on their dashboards. So far, 15 Xbox 360 games are available to play on the Xbox One , with Microsoft promising this number will swell to more than 100 by the end of the year.
Keep your browsers pointed at our Gaming section for all of the other goodies Microsoft revealed at E3 2015.
Netflix Gets a New User Interface
Netflix is getting a makeover, with the website being given a shiny new user interface (UI). The new look will roll out over the next two weeks (at least in the U.S.), so don’t be surprised if you don’t see it immediately.
The new UI is designed to look more modern and be more dynamic. After all, Netflix is no longer living in the shadow of Blockbuster and the like, and can afford to move away from recreating that feeling of browsing shelves of physical media.
Titles will no longer scroll left or right, as clicking the arrow will see new titles replacing the old ones. Additionally, extra information — including the synopsis and rating — will now appear when you hover over a title. Both of which are subtle changes which should help improve the Netflix user experience enormously.
Conan Plays Halo 5: Guardians
And finally, Halo 5: Guardians isn’t out until October 27th, but that hasn’t stopped Conan O’Brien getting his hands on a copy. As part of his “Clueless Gamer” series, Conan and his team battle it out against a trio of actors from the show Silicon Valley.
We get to see Team Coco — comprising Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter, and Aaron Bleyaert — facing off against Team Silicon Valley — comprising Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, and Zach Woods. It turns out that none of them are particularly good, it has to be said. [H/T TechCrunch]
Your Views on Today’s Tech News
How do you feel about the LastPass hack? Have you changed your master password? Will you be buying Shenmue 3 and/or Final Fantasy 7? Are you excited at the prospect of playing Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One? Do you like the look of the new Netflix user interface?
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