"News You Need To Know" - 8/28/14 - Deep Space Rockets, Twitch.tv Hacked and "Cops" show Cameraman Killed by Police...

Good morning.


In a continuing story that was reported here and here, Twitch.tv was hacked yesterday and their site went down for a period of time.

And now for the News:


NASA's New Mega-Rocket for Deep Space Will Be Launch Ready by 2018

NASA new mega-rocket, a towering booster designed for deep space missions, will be ready for its first test flight no later than November 2018, space agency officials announced Wednesday (Aug. 27).

Twitch Knocked Offline in Latest Online-Gaming Attack


The Twitch videogame-streaming service went offline for several hours last night (Aug. 26), possibly as a result of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, which would make it the latest in a series of attacks on online gaming services. 

A hacker group called Lizard Squad claimed credit for last night's disruption via its Twitter feed. On Sunday (Aug. 24), the same crew said it was behind outages of Sony's PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment services, as well as connectivity problems with Blizzard's Battle.net and Microsoft's Xbox Live. (A lone hacker calling himself FamedGod has countered he was behind the Sony outages.)

'Cops' television crew member killed in police shootout (+video)

Police officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha killed a crew member with the long-running TV show "Cops" as well as the suspect, who was armed with a pellet gun that they thought was a real handgun, authorities said Wednesday....