Dec 23, 2014

North Korea experiencing severe Internet outages; U.S. mum

North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country’s online access is “totally down.” The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible. President Barack Obama said ...

Dec 23, 2014

U.N. Security Council takes up North Korea's human rights

The U.N. Security Council placed North Korea’s bleak human rights situation on its agenda Monday, a groundbreaking step toward possibly holding the nuclear-armed but desperately poor country and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity. This appears to be the first ...

Obama says Sony hack vandalism, 'not an act of war'

Dec 22, 2014

Obama says Sony hack vandalism, 'not an act of war'

North Korea’s alleged hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war, President Barack Obama said in an interview aired Sunday that appeared aimed at limiting U.S. anger over the incident, which Washington blames on North Korea. “No, I don’t think it was ...

Dec 22, 2014

South Korea prosecutors investigate data leak at nuclear power plants

Seoul prosecutors have launched an investigation into a leak of noncritical data at South Korea’s nuclear power operator, the prosecutors’ office said on Sunday, as worries mount about nuclear safety and potential cyberattacks from North Korea. An official with the prosecutors’ office confirmed media ...

Why Sony hack isn't front page news in Japan

Dec 21, 2014

Why Sony hack isn't front page news in Japan

by Tomoko A. Hosaka

The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan’s biggest newspaper, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website Friday. It wasn’t about hacking. It was about its struggling tablet business. Over at wire service Kyodo News, just after the FBI formally blamed North Korea for the cyberattack, ...

Impoverished North falls back on cyberwarfare

Dec 21, 2014

Impoverished North falls back on cyberwarfare

As one of the world’s most impoverished powers, North Korea would struggle to match America’s military or economic might, but appears to have settled on a relatively cheap method of tormenting its foe. According to the U.S. government, Kim Jong Un’s autocratic pariah state ...

Dec 21, 2014

U.S. asks China to help on North Korean cyberattacks

The United States has asked China to help block cyberattacks from North Korea as it weighs a response to the crippling hack of Sony Pictures, a U.S. official said Saturday. “We have discussed this issue with the Chinese to share information, express our concerns ...

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 ...