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White House sanctions North Korea in response to Sony hack

White House sanctions North Korea in response to Sony hack

In an apparent attempt to thwart future cyber attacks, the United states has issued sanctions against North Korea. The sanctions are a response to “ongoing provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies, particularly its destructive and coercive cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment”. Sanctions are part of The White House’s previous statement that any response to North Korea regarding the Sony hack would be “proportional”, though the sanctions aren’t final. The White house is calling them the “first part” of a full response.

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PSN, Xbox Live takedowns were ‘marketing scheme’, say hackers

PSN, Xbox Live takedowns were ‘marketing scheme’, say hackers

A Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack is something that can have a ripple effect throughout the Internet, and typically not a good one. On Christmas Day, we saw both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live go down — and with regard to the PSN, down hard. That was all a ‘marketing scheme’ according to the group claiming responsibility for it. "Just how is a DDoS a marketing ploy?", you might ask. As it turns out, the hacker crew behind the attacks are now selling their DDoS services.

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The Interview download includes Android hacker attack

The Interview download includes Android hacker attack

Several weeks ago Sony Pictures was hacked by a group that claimed to have done so that The Interview would not be released. Once it was clear that the film WAS still going to be released as normal, they issued further threat that anyone who saw the film would be in danger of physical attack. Most recently there's been a hack embedded within a torrent - that's an illegal download, in this case, and it's hitting Android users in South Korea specifically.

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North Korea’s internet is down in wake of The Interview

North Korea’s internet is down in wake of The Interview

Late Sunday, the 22nd of December, North Korea began suffering a major internet outage cross-country. This sort of internet failure is not common in North Korea, and researchers have suggested that it's very possible the country is under a concentrated DDoS attack. This would be a denial-of-service for North Korea shortly after the FBI suggested whoever was responsible for the digital attack on Sony would suffer costs and consequences. Meanwhile President Barack Obama suggested that "we will respond proportionally, and we will respond in a place and time and a manner that we choose."

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Staples says 1 million cards fell victim to latest hack

Staples says 1 million cards fell victim to latest hack

Office goods retailer Staples recently saw themselves fall prey to hackers, much as Target, The Home Depot, and a laundry list of retailers ahead of them have. The company has now addressed the hack, saying that over one million unique cards were compromised. The hack also affected more than 100 point-of-sale systems at 1,400 stores. Staples didn’t say if the breach was nationwide, or if a specific geography was affected. The window for this hack was short, though, only lasting about a month.

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Sony Pictures demands hacked data be deleted

Sony Pictures demands hacked data be deleted

The Press has been issued a demand from Sony Pictures that all leaked information from the recent hack of their systems be deleted. This demand was made with regard to the hack that's rumored to have been executed by North Korea in retaliation for the release of the movie The Interview. This movie depicts a humorous take on an assassination attempt on the leader of North Korea, and North Korea was presumably not especially happy to hear that it was being made.

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Sands Hotel hacked earlier this year, brought system to its knees

Sands Hotel hacked earlier this year, brought system to its knees

A new report details a troubling assault on the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where a group of Iranians hacked the company’s internal system and brought it to its knees. An entire casino at the mercy of hackers, but it likely wasn’t for the reasons you’d think. No money was taken; instead, it was a digital offensive, possibly due to Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson’s remarks made late last year. A message left on the Sands’ server echoed as much, showing that political disagreements can have actual consequence outside of war.

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Sony Pictures hack may be about ‘The Interview’ after all

Sony Pictures hack may be about ‘The Interview’ after all

The hacking of Sony Pictures has yielded some interesting takeaways. We know a large studio is not safe from digital assault, and we’ve seen more than our fair share of details surrounding stars and their pay. Seeing film budgets is interesting, but we still haven’t been down to brass tacks. What’s this all about? Why hack Sony Pictures? Speculation about the incoming movie The Interview suggested a link to North Korea, who have since refuted that assertion. The hackers, though — their recent demands suggest North Korean ties.

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Sony PlayStation store was down last night; hackers to blame?

Sony PlayStation store was down last night; hackers to blame?

Overnight, Sony’s PlayStation store went down. For roughly two hours, the online portal for PlayStation users was unavailable, and a hacker conglomerate is taking responsibility. The Lizard Squad, which cryptically refer to themselves as “lizards” who “want to watch the world burn”, seem to be claiming responsibility for the disruption in service. In a Twitter post right around the same time as the PlayStation store went down, The Lizard Squad said “PSN Login #offline #LizardSquad”. Sony said they were aware of the service disruption, and are looking into it.

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Hackers email Sony employees, say families are ‘in danger’

Hackers email Sony employees, say families are ‘in danger’

Things may have just gone from bad to worse for Sony. A recent hack gave us all kinds of info about the inner workings of Sony pictures, with everything from employee passwords to full films being leaked. Now, it seems the hackers are making threatening remarks to Sony employees via email. While they don’t necessarily make any direct threats of harm, they do say employees who don’t comply will “suffer damage”. The hackers are also threatening the families of employees.

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