Cyber Crime

For N.Korea's cyber army, long-term target may be telecoms, utility grids


SEOUL - The hacking attack on Sony Pictures may have been a practice run for North Korea's elite cyber-army in a long-term goal of being able to cripple telecoms and energy grids in rival nations, defectors from the isolated state said.

U.S. considers 'proportional' response to Sony hacking attack

WASHINGTON - The United States said on Thursday a cyber attack on Sony Pictures was a serious national security matter and the Obama administration was considering a proportional response, although the White House stopped short of blaming North Korea.

Tech, World, 19 Dec 2014

White House says FBI leading probe of cyber attack on Sony Pictures

WASHINGTON - The White House National Security Council said on Wednesday the FBI was leading the investigation on a cyber attack on Sony Pictures and that the U.S. government had offered the company support and assistance.

Tech, 18 Dec 2014

U.S. fears Sony hackers may never be caught - law enforcement official

WASHINGTON/BOSTON - Government investigators fear the hackers behind the unprecedented attack on Sony's Hollywood studio may never be caught if they are under the protection of North Korea, a U.S. official said on Wednesday.

Top News, Tech, 18 Dec 2014

Sony studio chiefs aim to reassure employees after damaging hack

LOS ANGELES - Executives at Sony Corp's Hollywood movie studio sought to reassure employees on Monday that the studio would recover from a massive cyber attack that exposed internal emails and sensitive employee data.

Tech, 16 Dec 2014

Rogen defends satirizing North Korean leader in 'The Interview'

LOS ANGELES - Actor-director Seth Rogen defended the choice to parody North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in raunchy comedy "The Interview," the movie that sparked a real-life threat from the country and is suspected as the possible cause of a damaging cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Top News, 16 Dec 2014

Sony demands halt to reporting from leaked documents, some media outlets say

LOS ANGELES - Sony Pictures Entertainment told certain news organizations on Sunday to stop publishing information contained in documents stolen by hackers who attacked the movie studio's computer network last month, three media groups reported.

Tech, 15 Dec 2014

Hackers vs James Bond: 'SPECTRE' script stolen in Sony attack

LOS ANGELES - Early villains have emerged in the next James Bond film "SPECTRE": hackers who stole a version of the screenplay as part of a devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures.

Top News, 14 Dec 2014

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

BOSTON - 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.

Tech, 13 Dec 2014

Sony exec apologizes for 'insensitive' emails about Obama's race

LOS ANGELES - Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal apologized on Thursday for "insensitive" jokes she made about President Barack Obama in emails that were stolen by hackers who recently attacked the studio's computer network.

Tech, 12 Dec 2014