By David Alexander and Jim Finkle
(Reuters) – The Twitter and YouTube accounts for the U.S. military command that oversees operations in the Middle East were hacked on Monday by people claiming to be sympathetic toward the Islamic State militant group being targeted in American bombing raids.
U.S. officials acknowledged that the incident was embarrassing but sought to downplay its importance. Pentagon spokesman Army Colonel Steve Warren said the Defense Department “views this as little more than a prank, or as vandalism.”
WASHINGTON/BOSTON, Dec 29 (Reuters) – U.S. investigators
believe that North Korea likely hired hackers from outside the
country to help with last month’s massive cyberattack against
Sony Pictures, an official close to the investigation said on
As North Korea lacks the capability to conduct some elements
of the sophisticated campaign by itself, U.S. investigators are
looking at the possibility that Pyongyang “contracted out” some
of the cyber work, according to the official, who was not
authorized to speak on the record about the investigation.
BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sony Corp’s (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) PlayStation Network suffered connection problems for a fourth straight day since hackers attacked the video game network, and the company said on Sunday that service was gradually being restored.
The hacker activist group known as Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for disrupting both the PlayStation Network and Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Xbox Live on Christmas Day. Service was restored to Xbox Live on Friday.
BOSTON, Dec 27 (Reuters) – Sony Corp worked for a
third day on Saturday to restore services to its PlayStation
online gaming network after a Christmas Day cyberattack
shuttered access to some customers, including holiday recipients
of new game consoles.
“If you received a PlayStation console over the holidays and
have been unable to log onto the network, know that this problem
is temporary and is not caused by your game console,” Sony
executive Catherine Jensen said in a Saturday posting on the
company’s U.S. PlayStation blog.