U.S. lacks options in Sony hacking debacle

| Dec 20, 2014

U.S. lacks options in Sony hacking debacle

President Barack Obama vowed Friday to punish North Korea for hacking a Hollywood studio, but Washington’s options are limited and Pyongyang’s economic weakness is a surprising strength. No one expects the United States to launch a military strike against a nuclear-armed provocateur, but sanctions ...

Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

Dec 20, 2014

Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony “made a mistake” in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond “in a place and manner and time that we choose” to the hacking attack ...

Dec 20, 2014

Sony Pictures faces fourth ex-employee lawsuit over hack

A former director of technology for Sony Pictures Entertainment has sued the company over the data breach that resulted in the online posting of his private financial and personal information. Lionel Felix’s lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Los Angeles states he ran ...

Mobile apps still collecting info on children in U.S.

Dec 16, 2014

Mobile apps still collecting info on children in U.S.

More than a year after U.S. regulators issued new privacy rules for kids’ mobile apps, online stores are flooded with cute software programs that quietly collect vast amounts of data on the youngest consumers, including their location and even recordings of their voice, according ...

Dec 15, 2014

Uber in damage control mode after Sydney siege price hike

Popular web-based taxi firm Uber went into damage control mode Monday, offering free rides to passengers fleeing an armed siege in Sydney after earlier hiking prices upwards of AUS$100 ($82). The company said it would also refund fares after initially launching “surge pricing,” which ...

James Bond producers say screenplay stolen in Sony hack

Dec 15, 2014

James Bond producers say screenplay stolen in Sony hack

The producers of James Bond films have acknowledged that an early version of the screenplay for the new movie “SPECTRE” was among the material stolen in the massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. The producers said in a statement Saturday that they are ...

U.K. flight chaos caused by unprecedented computer failure

Dec 14, 2014

U.K. flight chaos caused by unprecedented computer failure

Heathrow Airport saw fresh delays and cancellations Saturday as it recovered from an unprecedented computer glitch that wreaked havoc with the London airport system, the world’s busiest hub. The system outage at the headquarters of Britain’s main air traffic controller, NATS, delayed departures, diverted ...

Dec 14, 2014

Two security firms launch rival automatic password changers

A French-American startup has launched an automatic password changer, leading a rival U.S. software firm to launch a similar service. For most people, properly managing passwords verges on impossible, given the dizzying array of devices and websites on which we have become increasingly reliant. ...

Dec 13, 2014

Iran hackers may target U.S. energy, defense firms, FBI warns

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned U.S. businesses to be on the alert for a sophisticated Iranian hacking operation whose targets include defense contractors, energy firms and educational institutions, according to a confidential agency document. The operation is the same as one flagged ...

Can Amy Pascal's career survive the Sony cyberattack?

| Dec 13, 2014

Can Amy Pascal's career survive the Sony cyberattack?

Amy Pascal, one of the most powerful women in the man’s world that is Hollywood and the force behind such critical and commercial hits as “The Social Network” and “American Hustle,” has had better days. The co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and chief ...

Dec 12, 2014

Amazon warns it could take drones testing elsewhere

Amazon, keen to blaze a trail with delivery by drone, is threatening to take much of its research for the plan outside the United States amid frustrations with U.S. regulators. “In the absence of a timely approval by the FAA to conduct outdoor testing, ...