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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.

Dec 20, 2014

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

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.

Dec 20, 2014

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

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.

Dec 19, 2014

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

SEOUL, Dec 19 (Reuters) – 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.

Non-conventional capabilities like cyber-warfare and nuclear
technology are the weapons of choice for the impoverished North
to match its main enemies, they said.