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Briefly: Neversoft, Infinity Ward merge, Bitcoin ATM hits Seattle

05/04, 5:45pm

Studio responsible for Tony Hawk games folds into Infinity Ward

Video game developers Neversoft and Infinity Ward will see their positions as independent studios under Activision Publishing come to an end, as the two studios merge under the Infinity Ward banner. Neversoft, mostly known for its work on the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series, helped Infinity Ward with the latest installment of the Call of Duty franchise game Ghosts. The Neversoft name will be retired after existing for almost 20 years. The studio was acquired by Activision in 1999.

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USB drives used to install malware in European ATMs, thousands stolen

12/31, 3:05pm

Attack required hole cut, patched in side of ATM to install software

A unnamed European bank chain fell victim to a software hack on its range of ATMs earlier this year, and researchers have figured out how it was done. The researchers, who wish to remain anonymous found that criminals cut holes in the armored exterior of machines, to plug in malware-laden USB flash drives installing code into the ATMs that allowed the thieves access to the cash dispensing functions of the device.

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Bank of America adds video chat with bank tellers to ATMs

04/05, 10:59am

ATMs in Boston to offer conversations with bank employees

Bank of America is adding video conferencing to its automatic teller machines. The video chat facility will allow bank customers to see and speak to tellers in order to perform more advanced bank transactions than would normally be available to an ATM user, as well as providing a more personal experience to users.

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