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  • Russia watchdog blocks web pages calling for Navalny support protest: activists

    Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny arrives to attend a court hearing in MoscowBy Andrey Kuzmin MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Internet watchdog is working to block social networking sites rallying support for a mass protest next month backing Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, activists said on Monday. Navalny, a leader of the 2011-12 Moscow protest movement against President Vladimir Putin's rule, is facing charges of stealing 30 million roubles from two firms, between 2008 and 2012, in a case he has dismissed as politically motivated. ...

  • Top bankers need to take cyber threat seriously: BoE

    The Bank of England is seen, with a statue in the foreground in the City of LondonBy Matt Scuffham and William Schomberg LONDON (Reuters) - Top British bankers and other senior executives in the financial services industry are not taking the risk of cyber attacks seriously enough, financial policymakers at the Bank of England say. Cyber crime costs the global economy $445 billion a year and the bill is rising, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Banks are particularly vulnerable, despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year on cyber defenses. ...

  • Sony hack puts Japan's Abe in bind over North Korea abductee talks
    By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. accusations that North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures could force Japan to choose between backing its ally Washington and keeping talks on track with Pyongyang about Japanese citizens abducted decades ago. Washington is weighing how to punish North Korea after the FBI concluded Pyongyang was responsible, including possibly returning North Korea to the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. North Korea has denied that it was to blame. ...

  • Obama says Sony hack not an act of war

    File photo of a security guard standing at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los AngelesBy Steve Holland and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism. Washington's longstanding dispute with North Korea, which for years has centered on its nuclear weapons program, has entered new territory with the accusation that Pyongyang carried out an assault on a major Hollywood entertainment company. ...

  • South Korea prosecutors investigate data leak at nuclear power plants
    By Sohee Kim and Meeyoung Cho SEOUL (Reuters) - Seoul prosecutors have launched an investigation into a leak of non-critical 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 reports that they had traced the location of an IP address linked to the leak and had dispatched investigators to the site. ...

  • New York cop 'assassin' telegraphed intentions on Instagram
    By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Popular photo-sharing service Instagram on Saturday took down the account of the man said to be behind the "assassination" of two New York City police officers, after the 28-year-old gunman's veiled threats and provocative messages went viral in the wake of the execution-style shootings. Posted just hours before Ismaaiyl Brinsley allegedly walked up to two officers in a parked squad car in Brooklyn and shot them dead, the dark messages again cast a spotlight on the role of social media in spotting and revealing public threats of violence. ...

  • U.S. says consulting UK, Australia, New Zealand on North Korea hack response
    By Julia Edwards Honolulu (Reuters) - The Obama administration is consulting the UK, Australia and New Zealand, among other countries in hopes of organizing an international response to the cyberattack on Sony Pictures that it has pinned on North Korea, an administration official told Reuters on Saturday. The U.S. is also consulting South Korea, Japan, China and Russia for help reining in North Korea. (Reporting by Julia Edwards)

  • North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion

    File photo of a security guard standing at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los AngelesBy Jack Kim and Steve Holland SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander," and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States. An unnamed spokesman of North Korea's foreign ministry said there would be serious consequences if Washington refused to agree to the probe and continued to accuse Pyongyang, according to the North Korean U.N. mission and its official KCNA news agency. ...

  • Japan, South Korea condemn Sony hack; Chinese paper says movie is senseless
    By Linda Sieg 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. The government of China, North Korea's only major ally, has yet to respond to the U.S. call, but a state-run newspaper denounced Sony's comedy woven around a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as senseless and arrogant. ...

  • 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." Lynton, speaking in a lengthy interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, was responding to comments made by President Barack Obama that the studio erred in shelving the film after cinemas refused to show it following unspecified threats from hackers. ...

  • North Korea denies responsibility for Sony cyber attack
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea had nothing to do with a devastating cyber attack against Sony Pictures, a North Korean U.N. diplomat said on Friday after the U.S. government blamed Pyongyang for the incident. "DPRK (North Korea) is not part of this," a North Korean diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity. He declined to comment further. The FBI issued a statement on Friday saying North Korea was responsible for the cyber attack. (Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Chris Reese)

  • Sony trying to find alternatives to release 'The Interview'
    By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sony Pictures said on Friday it is looking for alternatives to release "The Interview" after it scrapped the Christmas Day theatrical opening of the screwball comedy at the center of a cyber attack on the studio blamed on North Korea. After a rare public shaming of a corporation by President Barack Obama, who said Sony Pictures made a mistake in pulling the film and bowing to intimidation, chief executive Michael Lynton told CNN he hoped that the public would see the film but no other platform had shown interest. ...

  • 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.

  • Obama vows U.S. response to North Korea over Sony cyber attack

    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 Steve Holland and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama vowed on Friday to respond to a devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures that he blamed on North Korea, and scolded the Hollywood studio for caving in to what he described as a foreign dictator imposing censorship in America. Obama said the cyber attack caused a lot of damage to Sony but that the company should not have let itself be intimidated into halting the public release of "The Interview," a lampoon portraying the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. ...

  • Risk modelers look to clarify cyber risk costs

    Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawBy Luciana Lopez NEW YORK (Reuters) - Even as the Sony Corp cyber attack laid bare the kinds of vulnerabilities that typically drive companies to buy insurance policies, the lack of a risk model for insurers means such protection is not always easy to get. Unlike earthquakes, tornadoes or even terrorism, there are no existing models to calculate how much a so-called "cyber hurricane," cutting across a swath of companies, could cost. Without that, insurers cannot be sure how much risk they can afford to underwrite. ...

  • 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. ...

  • Obama says Sony 'made a mistake' in pulling 'The Interview'
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday said Sony Pictures "made a mistake" in pulling the satirical film "The Interview" after suffering a devastating cyber attack blamed on North Korea. "I wish they (Sony) would have spoken to me first," Obama said at a news conference. "I would have told them, 'Do not get into a pattern in which you're intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks.'"

  • U.S. consults Japan, China, South Korea, Russia on North Korean hacking
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has consulted with Japan, China, South Korea and Russia seeking assistance in reining in North Korean cyber attacks, a U.S. official said on Friday. The official, speaking after the FBI blamed North Korea for a devastating cyber attack against Sony Pictures, said Washington had started "working through diplomatic channels to register our concerns and ask for assistance." (Reporting By Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

  • Hollywood trade group, MPAA, calls Sony cyberattack 'despicable, criminal act'
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Senator Chris Dodd, now the leader the Motion Picture Association of America on Friday called the cyberattack on Sony Pictures a "despicable, criminal act," in what is believed to be the first statement from major Hollywood studios on the hack. The U.S. government has concluded that North Korea is responsible for the hack on Sony Pictures, which was targeted for its satirical comedy, "The Interview," about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Alden Bentley)

  • Full text of U.S. FBI statement on Sony cyberattack
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Following is the full text of the FBI's statement on Friday on the recent cyberattack against the Hollywood movie studio Sony Pictures, a unit of Sony Corp. : "Today, the FBI would like to provide an update on the status of our investigation into the cyber attack targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE).  In late November, SPE confirmed that it was the victim of a cyber attack that destroyed systems and stole large quantities of personal and commercial data. ...

  • U.S. to make formal announcement on Sony attack: U.S. official
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials on Friday were expected to make a formal statement on the devastating cyberattack against Sony Pictures on Friday morning, a U.S. official said.

  • BlackBerry closes acquisition of Germany's Secusmart

    An attendee takes a photo during the launch event for the new Blackberry Classic smartphone in New YorkTORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd said Friday it has completed its acquisition of Secusmart, a privately held firm that specializes in voice and data encryption. Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry agreed to buy the German maker of encryption and anti-eavesdropping services in July, in a move to burnish its credentials with highly security-conscious clients like government ‎agencies. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. ...

  • Japanese activist challenges secrets law with whistleblower tool
    By Teppei Kasai TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese Internet activist and academic is challenging a new state secrets law by setting up a website aimed at making it easier for government officials to leak sensitive information to the media without getting caught. The website, unveiled on Friday, uses an open source platform called GlobaLeaks developed by the Europe-based Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights, said Masayuki Hatta, an economics lecturer at Surugadai University. ...

  • Balotelli fined 25,000 pounds and banned for one game

    Liverpool's Mario Balotelli reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester United at Old Trafford in ManchesterLONDON (Reuters) - Controversial Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli was suspended for one match by the FA on Thursday and fined 25,000 pounds ($39,152) after posting an offensive message on social media. Earlier this month, the Italian showed a picture on his Instagram account containing racist and anti-Semitic connotations. "Mario Balotelli has been fined 25,000 pounds, suspended for one match with immediate effect, subject to appeal, and warned as to his future conduct after he admitted breaching FA rules in relation to social media," the FA said in a statement. ...

  • Exclusive: Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android - sources

    Google presents self-driving car in Mountain ViewBy Alexei Oreskovic and Ben Klayman SAN FRANCISCO/DETROIT (Reuters) - Google Inc is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones. The move is a major step up from Google's current Android Auto software, which comes with the latest version of its smartphone operating system and requires a phone to be plugged into a compatible car with a built-in screen to access streaming music, maps and other apps. ...

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