President Barack Obama on Friday had tough words not only for North Korea — which earlier in the day had been named by the FBI as the chief culprit in the massive hack of Sony Pictures — but also for Sony itself. In particular, Obama said that he thinks Sony “made a mistake” by pulling the film from theaters in response to threats it had received from hackers tied to the North Korean government. More →
The cyber attack targeting Sony Pictures might have been just a rehearsal for a certain hacker group from North Korea, Reuters reports, as the country’s elite army of hackers might be working on more complex operations against more important targets in rival states. Though not confirmed to be responsible for the massive Sony hack, North Korea is currently the main suspect, according to recent reports. More →
Sony Pictures was in late November the target of a massive cyber attack, which not only exposed a significant amount of internal data, but also forced the company to pull the controversial The Interview comedy from theaters, after receiving further threats from the hackers responsible. Even though North Korea, which was initially believed to be behind the hack because of its resent for this particular movie, denied involvement more than once, The Associated Press reports that investigators have apparently found evidence that the communist nation is to blame. More →
While it doesn’t look like North Korea was directly responsible for the massive hack on Sony Pictures’ systems, it does seem that whoever executed the hack did so in retaliation for Sony’s upcoming film The Interview, a comedy that revolves around attempts to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Re/code flags some leaked emails that were unearthed during the hack between Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal and film star Seth Rogen that show Rogen had a very unusual idea for appeasing the angry communist regime. More →
Sony Pictures has been the victim of a massive cyber attack a few days ago, with hackers having stolen as much as 100 terabytes of data including various unreleased Sony movies, and plenty of business and personnel data. After investigating the matter, Sony appears to be convinced that North Korea was behind the attack, but the country has denied any involvement after previously refusing to flat-out deny such allegations. More →
North Korea really does not like James Franco and Seth Rogen’s new movie and it’s not afraid of looking utterly ridiculous if it means putting an end to it. The Hollywood Reporter brings us word that North Korea has filed a formal complaint with the United Nations over the soon-to-be released film in which it declares that the movie amounts to “an act of war.” More →
Given how many times North Korea has threatened to nuke us, you may think that its vision of a perfect future involves a decapitated Statue of Liberty standing in front of a pile of smoldering ruins. However, The Independent reports that some North Korean architects were recently asked to come up with sketches for the cities of tomorrow and they’re actually very cool and interesting concepts of what what the future might (but probably won’t) have in store for us. More →
North Korea’s government isn’t known for having a sense of humor, so we aren’t surprised that it doesn’t think there’s anything funny about a new James Franco-Seth Rogen comedy that revolves around an attempt to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The Associated Press, via U.S. News and World Report, informs us that North Korea has now threatened to go to war with the United States unless our government blocks the film from being released. More →
Google (GOOG) chairman Eric Schmidt is back from his adventure in North Korea and he’s penned a post on his Google+ page detailing the current state of the country’s technological capabilities and the way it allows citizens to have limited access to the Internet. In short, North Korea isn’t anywhere close to matching the technological capabilities of its rival South Korea, and the country is incredibly restrictive of the information it allows its citizens to access. More →
Google (GOOG) chairman Eric Schmidt isn’t just going to North Korea to play its hot new Crazy Taxi-like video game — he’s also apparently there to promote Internet freedom. The Associated Press, via CBS News, reports that Schmidt was part of “a private delegation” that is “urging North Korea to allow more open Internet access and cellphones to benefit its citizens.” Former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, who accompanied Schmidt on his trip to North Korea this week, told the AP that he has told “a variety of foreign policy officials” in the country that “the citizens of the DPRK (North Korea) will be better off with more cellphones and an active Internet.” While a more open web in North Korea would certainly be welcome, we wouldn’t hold our breath for it to happen since North Korea has a well-earned reputation as one of the most restrictive and reclusive countries in the world.
The United States State Department is not amused by Google (GOOG) chairman Eric Schmidt’s plan to travel to North Korea. Even though Schmidt plans to go to North Korea with former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson as a private citizen and not a representative of the U.S. government, a State Department spokesperson on Thursday said that the timing of the trip wasn’t “helpful,” according to Reuters. The State Department has made its views known to both Schmidt and Richardson, although apparently neither has decided that Foggy Bottom’s concerns warrant canceling their travel plans yet.
In theory, a driving game set in North Korea could be fun — it could revolve around delivering kidnapped movie stars from the airport to Dear Leader’s headquarters, for instance. In reality, though, it looks as though playing a driving game set in North Korea is about as much fun as actually living in North Korea. Business Insider’s Gus Lubin has posted his first impressions of “Welcome to Pyongyang,” an online game that’s “produced by Nosotek, a western IT company based in North Korea,” and he’s found that it’s pretty lame. More →