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North Korea says did not hack Sony, wants joint probe with U.S.

U.S. President Obama responds to a question after his end of the year press conference in the briefing room of the White House in WashingtonBy Jack Kim and Steve Holland SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander" and that it was wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States. An unnamed spokesman of the North's foreign ministry said there would be "grave consequences" if Washington refused to agree to the joint probe and continued to accuse Pyongyang, the official KCNA news agency reported on Saturday. ...

12/20/2014 06:40 AM

BlackBerry works with Boeing on phone that self-destructs

The Blackberry sign is pictured in WaterlooWATRERLOO, Ontario (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd is working with Boeing Co on Boeing's high-security Android-based smartphone, the Canadian mobile technology company's chief executive said on Friday. The Boeing Black phone being developed by the Chicago-based aerospace and defense contractor, which is best known for jetliners and fighter planes, can self-destruct if it is tampered with. The Boeing Black device encrypts calls and is aimed at government agencies and others that need to keep communications and data secure. ...

12/19/2014 05:12 PM

Bitcoin backer gets two years prison for illicit transfers

A bitcoin ATM machine is shown at a restaurant in San DiegoBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Charlie Shrem, an outspoken supporter of bitcoins, was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday for indirectly helping to send $1 million in the digital currency to the Internet black-market bazaar Silk Road. Shrem, a former vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan to forfeit $950,000 after pleading guilty in September to aiding and abetting an unlicensed money transmitting business. ...

12/19/2014 06:26 PM

Staples says security breach may have affected 1.16 million cards

A Staples truck delivers office supplies in San Diego(Reuters) - Office-supply retailer Staples Inc said about 1.16 million payment cards might have been affected by the data breach announced in October. An investigation by external data security experts showed that criminals deployed malware to some point-of-sales systems at 115 U.S. stores, Staples said. The company said it has since eradicated the malware. Staples, which has more than 1,400 stores in the country, said the malware might have allowed access to some transaction data, including cardholder names, payment card numbers, expiration dates, and card verification codes. ...

12/19/2014 05:00 PM

U.S. judge rejects HP settlement in Autonomy shareholder case

A Hewlett-Packard logo is seen at the company's Executive Briefing Center in Palo AltoBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday rejected Hewlett-Packard Co's proposed settlement of shareholder litigation involving the information technology company's botched acquisition of Autonomy Plc. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco wrote that the settlement may not have been fair for shareholders because it broadly released HP from liability for events unrelated to Autonomy. "The shareholders appear to be relinquishing a whole universe of potential claims regarding HP governance and practices," Breyer wrote. ...

12/19/2014 08:55 PM

Washington is limited in its response to North Korea over Sony hack

Various lights are cast on a logo of Sony Corp on a podium during its high resolution audio products unveiling event in TokyoBy Anna Yukhananov and James Pearson WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's threat of a "proportional" response to North Korea's hacking of Sony Pictures shows once more the limits of Washington's options as it seeks to rein in one of the world's most unpredictable and isolated countries. U.S. authorities said on Friday investigators had determined that North Korea was behind the devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures, setting up a further possible confrontation between the United States and the impoverished state. ...

12/19/2014 06:42 PM

Seoul, Toyko pledge to work with US to combat cyber crime

Workers remove a poster-banner for "The Interview" from a billboard in Hollywood, California, December 18, 2014South Korea and Japan on Saturday vowed to work closely with the US to combat cyber crime, after Seoul blamed North Korea for a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures. South Korea said it would share with Washington information "related to the cyber attack on Sony," which it said bore all the hallmarks of an onslaught on its own banks and media agencies by the North last year.

12/20/2014 04:34 AM

Japan, South Korea condemn Sony hack; Chinese paper says movie is senseless
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and South Korea condemned a hacking attack on Sony Pictures that the United States has blamed on North Korea and said they would cooperate in international efforts against cyber-crime as asked for by Washington.
12/20/2014 01:09 AM

North Korea denies attacking Sony, offers to help investigate

North Korea denies attacking Sony, offers to help investigate

12/20/2014 12:38 AM

AP Interview: Coelho says Sony hack threatens all

Brazilian author Paulo Coelho gestures during an interview with The Associate Press, at his apartment, in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Coelho says the Sony hack threatens us all if society doesn't enforce important values against anonymous terrorists. The best-selling author says he was prepared to make himself an example — even if it meant inviting criticism and threats — if Sony Pictures had taken him up on his $100,000 offer for the rights to its cancelled film. (AP Photo/Boris Heger)GENEVA (AP) — Brazilian author Paulo Coelho says the Sony hack threatens us all if society doesn't enforce important values: our individual and collective freedom of expression and an unwavering refusal to negotiate with anonymous terrorists.

12/20/2014 12:35 AM

BlackBerry is working on Boeing's long-awaited self-destructing phone

BlackBerry is working on Boeing's long-awaited self-destructing phoneBoeing's mysterious, self-destructing Black phone is getting help in the security department from none other than BlackBerry. During a conference call on Friday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced that the company is collaborating with the defense contractor to bake its end-to-end BES 12 platform into the long-gestating Android device.

12/19/2014 11:10 PM

Sony Pictures CEO says had no choice but to pull 'The Interview'
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Describing the lonely work of leading a company through a devastating cyberattack, Sony Pictures Entertainment chief executive Michael Lynton on Friday said the Hollywood studio did not make a mistake in pulling satirical film "The Interview."
12/19/2014 11:02 PM

Sony to release 'The Interview' after all?

Sony to release 'The Interview' after all?Two days after saying it wouldn't release the controversial film, the movie maker now says it wants to offer customers a way to see it "on a different platform.">

12/19/2014 10:09 PM

For the US connected classroom, a leap forward

For the US connected classroom, a leap forwardCommentary: Cisco's John Chambers and former FCC chief Julius Genachowski applaud the FCC's funding boost for expanded broadband in schools, calling it a big win for modern digital learning.>

12/19/2014 09:07 PM

Obama mocks absurd plot twist of cyber attack on Sony
WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Faced with the most destructive cyber attack of a company on U.S. soil, President Barack Obama resorted to humor to explain an absurd plot that even Hollywood did not see coming.
12/19/2014 09:02 PM

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