Don’t touch that link: Machine learning and the war on phishing

Enlarge / Coming to a device near you: Freddi Fish 666—the Phishing Apocalypse.

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It’s Friday, August 3, and I have hooked a live one. Using StreamingPhish, a tool that identifies potential phishing sites by mining data on newly registered certificates, I’ve spotted an Apple phishing site before it’s even ready for victims. Conveniently, the operator has even left a Web shell wide open for me to watch him at work.

The site’s fully qualified domain name is, and there’s another registered at the same domain— As I download the phishing kit, I take a…

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Metal Gear Survive Review – Giant Bomb

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The name on the box attempts to tell you what Metal Gear Survive actually is. That is, it combines elements of Metal Gear with the elements more commonly found in a survival game. The catch is that it doesn’t actually take enough of the right Metal Gear stuff to evoke that long-running franchise in a meaningful way while also layering its style of survival with just enough microtransactions and late-game surprise energy timers to make the whole thing feel pretty skeevy. So the end result is a game that manages to be both a bad survival game and a bad Metal Gear game.

Survive feels like a mod of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. It uses the same engine and a lot of…

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The Community Spotlight – 08/04/2018

Many thanks to RidleyDeckard for the banner this week!
Many thanks to RidleyDeckard for the banner this week!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am once again honored to be your host this week as we look at the best offerings from the Giant Bomb community. With EVO 2018 in full swing, Ben and Jason were away to attend the event, but that didn’t stop Giant Bomb from churning out the hilarious and wonderful videos we all enjoy. Alex’s new Mass Effect video series has garnered a massive positive reaction outside of its title, which we will address in a little bit. Also, the Giant Bomb Game Jam ends this week. With that in mind, this and next week’s edition of the…

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Huge New Kirby Warp Star Statue is Majestic, Wholesome

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In today’s world, increasingly filled with humans polluting the land and identity politics ruining normal conversations, Nintendo and HAL Laboratory’s long-running character Kirby has been a light to keep my hope alive, whatever of it is left. Now, First4Figures have done it again with a huge and bold new statue – and it’s based on none other than the pink puffball himself.

Standing at roughly 12 inches tall and coming in both standard and light-up LED variants, the Warp Star Kirby…

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Learning to understand the way La-Mulana 2 thinks •

I have a theory – not one that I am willing to submit to much in the way of peer review – that games are often about learning new ways to think. No, not new ways – not quite. It’s more that, in the moment-to-moment action of a game, in the individualised swirl of ways it likes to stage things or explain itself, you often get to see another mind in flight: you learn to think in the way that someone else has already been thinking.

This may be why the really big budget games often lose a little of their spark. With no singular mind behind them – not even a handful of singular minds – games sometimes rely on working out the way that you already think instead: they become students of…

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EGX Rezzed 2019 returns to London’s Tobacco Dock

By Sherif Saed,
Wednesday, 1 August 2018 11:48 GMT

EGX Rezzed is coming back for another year, and the dates have been announced.

EGX Rezzed, the indie-focused version of EGX, will once again be held at London’s Tobacco Dock. EGX Rezzed 2019 takes place April 4-6, with over 200 playable games across PC and consoles.

Virgin Media returns as a sponsor in the show’s eighth year. One of Rezzed’s biggest attractions is that it allows fans unprecedented access to developers of their favourite games.

It’s a more intimate setup than EGX or any of the other bigger shows. This is also reflected in panels, of which there will be…

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Cyberpunk 2077: games to get you in the mood

The trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 at this year’s E3 delivered thrills at such a high bit-rate you may not be able to contain yourself. The game’s magnetism lies in its buzzing metropolis of Night City. Developer CD Projekt Red has said the  streets of its upcoming RPG are filled with ‘cyberenhanced street warriors, tech-savvy netrunners and corporate life-hackers.’ And while it sounds as if the Polish studio has drawn inspiration from a visit to Shoreditch, it’s alluring all the same. Here are a few recommendations to tide you over until the game finally drops – hopefully, a little nearer to now than its title suggests.


Ruiner’s East Asian city of Rengkok is a greebled…

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey- Choice System Will Have Long-Term Consequences In The Story

Ubisoft are making efforts to make your choices in the game actually matter.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey promises to be the biggest shake up to the Assassin’s Creed formula yet, bigger even than last year’s Origins. That is mostly down to the fact that the game’s going to be a full-fledged RPG, complete with dialogue choices, romance options, and player choice. And if Ubisoft are to be believed, the choices players make in the story will have actual consequences, and truly impact the way it progresses.

“You can have long-term choices where you know you are making a…

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The next Labo set is a Vehicle Kit ⊟  Coming… – Tiny Cartridge 3DS

The next Labo set is a Vehicle Kit ⊟ 

Coming September 14, the Switch’s latest Nintendo Labo set lets you create cardboard controls to drive and pilot several virtual vehicles:

“[The Vehicle Kit] contains materials to build a variety of customizable cardboard creations called Toy-Con, including a Car, a Submarine, a Plane, a Pedal, two Keys and more. By inserting one of the assembled Keys into any of the vehicles, players can enjoy a variety of fun games and activities. Changing between vehicles while adventuring is a cinch – simply pull the Key out of one and slot it into another to transform from an airplane pilot to a submarine…

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