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Feb 16, 2015

Interview – N.Korean escapee accepts blame for hurting defectors’ credibility

SEOUL (Reuters) – A North Korean prison camp survivor central to a U.N. campaign against Pyongyang’s rights abuses accepted on Monday that changing parts of his story had tarnished the credibility of defectors from the country.

Shin Dong-hyuk, who shot to international fame with the publication of “Escape from Camp 14″ by former Washington Post correspondent Blaine Harden in 2012, last month recanted key elements of his account of torture and subsequent escape from a North Korean prison camp.

Feb 16, 2015

N.Korean escapee accepts blame for hurting defectors’ credibility

SEOUL, Feb 16 (Reuters) – A North Korean prison camp
survivor central to a U.N. campaign against Pyongyang’s rights
abuses accepted on Monday that changing parts of his story had
tarnished the credibility of defectors from the country.

Shin Dong-hyuk, who shot to international fame with the
publication of “Escape from Camp 14″ by former Washington Post
correspondent Blaine Harden in 2012, last month recanted key
elements of his account of torture and subsequent escape from a
North Korean prison camp.

Jan 22, 2015

South Korea Supreme Court upholds sedition ruling against ex-MP

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s Supreme Court upheld a sedition conviction against a former leftist member of parliament for inciting armed revolt, backing the government’s crackdown on pro-North Korea activism under a controversial state security law.

Conservative President Park Geun-hye this month rejected the idea that the National Security Law should be abolished because North Korea remained a threat, affirming the government’s push to prosecute those who vocally support the reclusive North’s regime.

Jan 19, 2015

Video from father may have compelled N.Korea defector to change story

SYDNEY/SEOUL (Reuters) – A video message from his father, who he thought was dead, may have led to a prominent North Korean defector recanting parts of the dramatic story of his escape from a prison camp, the head of a U.N. inquiry on the state’s human rights abuses said.

Shin Dong-hyuk has said he was tormented to see his father alive and speaking in the video released by the North in October.

Dec 28, 2014

North Korea blames U.S. for Internet outages, calls Obama ‘monkey’

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea called U.S. President Barack Obama a “monkey” and blamed Washington on Saturday for Internet outages it has experienced during a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures.

The National Defense Commission, the North’s ruling body chaired by state leader Kim Jong Un, said Obama was responsible for Sony’s belated decision to release the action comedy “The Interview”, which depicts a plot to assassinate Kim.

Dec 27, 2014

North Korea blames the U.S. for Internet outages

SEOUL, Dec 27 (Reuters) – North Korea accused the United
States on Saturday of being responsible for Internet outages it
experienced in recent days amid a confrontation between them
over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures.

North Korea’s main internet sites experienced intermittent
disruptions early in the week for reasons that U.S. tech
companies said could range from technological glitches to a
hacking attack.

Dec 23, 2014

South Korea steps up cyber security at nuclear plants

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea boosted cyber security at the country’s nuclear power plants on Tuesday following what President Park Geun-hye described as a series “grave” data leaks, and prosecutors said they were investigating a new online threat.

Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co Ltd (KHNP), which runs South Korea’s 23 nuclear power reactors, said on Monday its computer systems had been hacked, raising alarm in a country that is still technically at war with North Korea.

Dec 23, 2014

North Korea’s Internet links restored amid U.S. hacking dispute

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea, at the center of a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony Pictures, experienced a complete Internet outage for hours before links were restored on Tuesday, a U.S. company that monitors Internet infrastructure said.

New Hampshire-based Dyn said the reason for the outage was not known but could range from technological glitches to a hacking attack. Several U.S. officials close to the investigations of the attack on Sony Pictures said the U.S. government was not involved in any cyber action against Pyongyang.

Dec 22, 2014

South Korea nuclear plant operator says hacked, raising alarm

SEOUL (Reuters) РComputer systems at South Korea’s nuclear plant operator have been hacked, the company said on Monday, sharply raising concerns about safeguards around nuclear facilities in a country that remains technically at war with North Korea.

The Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co Ltd (KHNP) and the government said only “non-critical” data was stolen by the hackers, and that there was no risk to nuclear installations, including the country’s 23 atomic reactors.

Dec 21, 2014

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

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.