We all just want to play games on the net with our wifi, simple as. But some people just have to make our lives on the online gaming community harder don't they?
Symantec, the world renound antispyware company have recently found vulnerabilities in the wii's online "Opera" browser and said that as most game consoles are now connected (some 24/7) to some sort of internet connection, be it wifi, or cable, they are also just as likely to get a virus, hack or some sort of online problem as a laptop or home computer.
This leads to the question:
"Are there people out there really that sad that want to ruin the gaming community for everyone?"
Short answer: Yes.
Unfortunatly there are, and somehow we are going to have to try and prevent this, we wouldn't want the big "spyware, virus" scare to hit consoles too, but with a wide open securty hole on all the next-gen consoles it poses another question:
"Will we have to buy some sort of Anti-spyware software to put on our Wii's?"
At the moment attacks like this are said to be a few years down the line as the online gaming community really gets going and people start to attack gaming consoles (through ease) more than PC's, so this may lead to companies soon releasing anti-spyware type software to help us keep our wii innocent and safe, especially if we are using our credit cards to buy Virtual Console games.
Symantec's cheif had this to say about the Flash based vulnerability in the wii and all other consoles internet browsers:
"Due to the fact that Flash can run in different browsers and on different platforms, the discovery of this one vulnerability could leave all Flash-enabled operating systems and devices open to the attack, including some advanced smartphones."
Symantec have also stated that .FLV files are fast becoming a problem, the file is mostly used on popular sites such as youtube and google videos and could soon become a vulnerability due to a major flaw.
Lets hope something is done about it, before all of our wii's are attacked and left unstable.