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NSA tapped into NKorean networks before Sony attack, officials say

NSA tapped into NKorean networks before Sony attack, officials say

The trail that led American officials to blame North Korea for the destructive cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment in November winds back to 2010, when the National Security Agency scrambled to break into the computer systems of a country considered one of the most impenetrable targets on earth, reports New York Times. Spurred...

NKorea says new US sanctions a hostile policy

NKorea says new US sanctions a hostile policy

North Korea on Sunday slammed fresh US sanctions against it, calling them hostile and repressive policies by Washington. US President Barack Obama issued an executive order authorising expanded sanctions against North Korea in the wake of the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which Washington blamed on Pyongyang. "The policy persistently pursued by the US to...

This is 'Monkey Business'!

SINCE 1926, at least three films, one TV series, one musical, one band, one album and about half a dozen songs, including one by Michael Jackson, were named Monkey Business. Now we are watching a live comedy which some may call 'Monkey Business!' It casts President Barack Obama and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un as the main characters, though acting in the background! The show unfolded with the release of a comedy, The Interview, made by Sony Pictures Entertainment. It...

US sanctions North Korea over Sony

US sanctions North Korea over Sony

The US has imposed new sanctions on North Korea in response to a cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Friday allowing sanctions on three North Korean organisations and 10 individuals. The White House said the move was a response to North Korea's "provocative, destabilising, and repressive actions". US sanctions...

NKorean leader Kim Jong-Un proposes talks

NKorean leader Kim Jong-Un proposes talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has offered to hold talks at the highest level with South Korea. President Kim was giving his new year message broadcast on state television. He said if Pyongyang's conditions were met, he would even be prepared to hold a summit meeting with South Korean President Park Guen-hye. On Monday, South Korea...

The Interview makes $15m in online release

The Interview makes $15m in online release

Controversial Sony film The Interview has become the number one online movie ever released by the studio just four days after its release on 24 December. The film raked in over $15m (£9.6m) and was downloaded more than two million times as of 27 December. The film, about a fictional American plot to kill North...

NKorea blames US for Internet outages

NKorea blames US for Internet outages

North Korea accused the United States on Saturday of being responsible for Internet outages it experienced in recent days amid a confrontation between them over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures. North Korea's main internet sites experienced intermittent disruptions early in the week for reasons that US tech companies said could range...

N Korea calls Obama 'monkey' in hacking row

N Korea calls Obama 'monkey' in hacking row

North Korea called President Barack Obama "a monkey" and blamed the US on Saturday for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the comedy "The Interview." North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy depicting an assassination of its leader Kim...

Obama hails The Interview screenings

Obama hails The Interview screenings

US President Barack Obama has welcomed a decision by Sony to screen a comedy about North Korea in some US cinemas. Sony initially pulled the film following a cyber-attack and threats against cinemas, but reversed that decision in the face of criticism. The US has accused North Korea of being behind the cyber-attack. The film is...

NKorea's Internet links restored amid US hacking dispute

NKorea's Internet links restored amid US hacking dispute

North Korea, at the center of a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony Pictures, experienced a complete Internet outage for hours before links were restored on Tuesday, a US company that monitors Internet infrastructure said. New Hampshire-based Dyn said the reason for the outage was not known but could range...

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