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The Week in Review: Hackers, Nintendo, and New Consoles

| 11 Jun 2011 11:00

In this week's edition, hackers break into Nintendo's websites, and a grisly horror movie is effectively banned in the UK.

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Spanish Police Arrest Alleged PSN Hackers

Police in Spain have arrested three men in connection with the attacks on PSN in April. The men are referred to as the leaders of the Spanish arm of Anonymous, and are also said to have attacked two banks, an Italian power company and a number of government sites in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. If convicted, the trio will potentially face up to three years in jail. (Link)


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Lawn Genitalia Ends Up on Google Earth

An immature practical joke in which a bunch of students in New Zealand drew a series of giant penises on their high school lawns using weed killer has been unintentionally immortalized, thanks to the fine folks at Google. The timing of the students' jape just happened to coincide with a passing satellite, which snapped a few pictures, which then ended up on Google Maps. (Link)


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Wii U Announcement Hurts Nintendo Stock Price

You might expect the announcement of a new console to bolster a company's share price, but the formal reveal of the Wii U at E3 this week had exactly the opposite effect, sending Nintendo's stock price tumbling to its lowest point in five years. Analysts are blaming the drop on the relative lack of new details on the console, leading to investor doubt. (Link)


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UK Says No to Human Centipede 2

The grisly horror movie Human Centipede 2 has been refused classification in the UK. The BBFC decided that the movie, which adds sexual elements to the already creepy centipede idea, was too extreme to get a theatrical release. When you consider that the movie's director set out to make a film even more twisted than the first, the BBFC's decision is hardly surprising. (Link)


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LulzSec Hack Nintendo, But Take Nothing

Hacker group LulzSec has admitted that it had taken a look in Nintendo's servers, but unlike its attacks on the likes of Sony and PBS, its intent was apparently not malicious. The group claimed that it had too much love for Nintendo to want to do the company harm, and had only hacked its servers as a warmup for other operations. (Link)

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