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  • Iran-Syria-North Korea Nuclear Nexus

    01/28/2015 7:27:24 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 1 replies
    FrontpageMag.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Majid Rafizadeh
    HassanAs Iranian and American chief diplomats continue to meet to find ways to speed up nuclear negotiations and strike a final nuclear deal that would lead to the removal of all international sanctions on the ruling clerics, the Obama administration persists in ignoring the recent revelations about the Islamic Republic and its covert operations in the region.
  • North Korea slams 'loser' Obama for regime collapse remark

    01/25/2015 1:22:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    AFP via MSN ^ | 1/25/15
    North Korea Sunday described US President Barack Obama as a "loser" over his criticism on its regime, accusing him of being obsessed with hostility towards Pyongyang. The comment from the North's foreign ministry came after Obama spoke of the eventual collapse of the regime ruling what he called "the most isolated, the most sanctioned, the most cut-off nation on Earth". "We will keep on ratcheting the pressure, but part of what's happening is... the Internet over time is going to be penetrating this country," Obama said in an interview on YouTube from the White House last week.
  • On this day in 1968.

    01/23/2015 7:48:46 AM PST · by LouAvul · 28 replies
    North Korea seized the USS Pueblo and accused the crew of spying. The crew was released 11 months later. NK, however, kept the vessel.
  • North Korea urges South to lift sanctions before talks can begin

    01/23/2015 5:51:59 PM PST · by BBell · 6 replies
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea on Friday demanded the lifting of sanctions, imposed by South Korea after a 2010 attack on one of its naval vessels, as a condition for resuming dialogue.
  • Teenager says he escaped North Korea and made it to Sweden, claims asylum

    01/21/2015 8:06:19 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 14 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 21, 2015
    A 17-year-old who says he is a street child from North Korea is seeking refugee status in Sweden, maintaining he walked across a frozen river into China and traversed two continents in cars, the trans-Siberian railway and the back of a truck. But he offers no evidence to back his claims and Swedish authorities suspect he may be Chinese.
  • Assad’s Secret: Evidence Points to Syrian Push for Nuclear Weapons

    01/18/2015 10:22:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 09, 2015 – 09:20 PM | Erich Follath
    For years, it was thought that Israel had destroyed Syria’s nuclear weapons capability with its 2007 raid on the Kibar complex. Not so. New intelligence suggests that Bashar al-Assad is still trying to built the bomb. And he may be getting help from North Korea and Iran. […] Analysts say that the Syrian atomic weapon program has continued in a secret, underground location. According to information they have obtained, approximately 8,000 fuel rods are stored there. Furthermore, a new reactor or an enrichment facility has very likely been built at the site—a development of incalculable geopolitical consequences. Some of the...
  • A quiet revolution in North Korea

    01/15/2015 11:17:36 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 18 replies
    BBC News Seoul ^ | January 14, 2015 | By Stephen Evans
    A quiet revolution may be under way in North Korea. The loud one we know about - it's been going on since the Soviet Red Army wrested the northern half of the peninsula from Japanese control in 1945. The Kim dynasty has espoused communism and shouted its merits ever since. But now, surprisingly, it seems that capitalism is growing in the country - quietly, of course. Kim Jong-un has looked north over the Chinese border and decided that market reforms along the lines of those allowed by his comrades in Beijing may allow the preservation of the current structure but...
  • Iran building nuke plant in Syria; State Dept: What difference does it make?

    01/13/2015 6:36:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 1/13/15 | Car in Jerusalem
    Sunday's Der Spiegel had a massive expose on the continuing efforts of Bashar al-Assad to build a nuclear weapons plant, which included evidence that Iran is constructing such a plant for Syria in Qusayr, less than two kilometers from Syria's border with Lebanon. The issue came up in the State Department's Monday daily briefing. Disturbingly, spokeswoman Marie Harf said that the United States did not plan to raise the issue in the Iranian nuclear talks, claiming that those talks only deal with Iran's nuclear capabilities and not with Syria's. According to findings of Western intelligence agencies, however, the situation...
  • North Korea asked Russia for Su-35 fighter jet supplies - reports

    01/09/2015 7:44:37 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Tass, Russia ^ | January 09, 2015
    TOKYO, January 9. /TASS/. North Korea has requested Russia to provide it with Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets, South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo daily has reported citing a military source. The particular proposal was made during the November visit to Russia of Choe Ryong Hae, a top Communist Party official and close ally to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “Choe Ryong-hae, who visited Moscow as a special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in November last year, asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to provide Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets,” the report said, citing the source. North Korea is capable of producing...
  • Sony’s ‘The Interview’ pulls in over $31 million online, $5 million in theaters

    01/08/2015 9:54:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Sony’s controversial comedy flick earned $31 million in online sales and $5 million in theaters despite cyber threats and a wide theatrical release. The online sales figure marks the most lucrative digital release for a Hollywood film ever. Sony Pictures' "The Interview" has made more than $31 million from its online and on-demand release, according to the studio. Sony announced digital figures Tuesday for the film spanning its first 11 days of release since debuting Dec. 24. Sony had previously said the film made $15 million in its first four days online, so demand for the Seth Rogen comedy has...
  • Dying of Laughter in North Korea

    01/08/2015 5:29:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    NORTH KOREA isn't very funny, and the ghastly Kim Jong Un is no joke. All the more reason not to discount humor — the caustic humor of mockery, satire, and farce — as a weapon against the totalitarian regime in Pyongyang. For all the outrage generated by North Korea's cyber attack on Sony Pictures' email network, more cold-blooded by far is the Kim government's response within its own borders to Seth Rogen's sophomoric new spoof. "North Korea has begun the expected crackdown to prevent the movie 'The Interview' from polluting the 'people's paradise,'" reports Nightwatch, a national-security intelligence newsletter. "A...
  • Hollywood COMPLETELY Caves to Kim Jong/North Korea

    01/07/2015 3:53:17 PM PST · by StevenCrowder · 13 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 01/07/15 | Steven Crowder
    A HILARIOUS video in which Kim Jong positively b**chslaps Hollywood around. Should tinseltown bend over for tiny tyrants? I say nay. What say YOU?
  • Sanctions on North Korea? Who Cares.

    01/06/2015 12:33:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2015 | D.W. Wilbur
    In a display of resolve the Obama Administration announced new sanctions, a “proportional response”, directed against the government of North Korea in response to the North Korean dictatorship’s recent reported cyber-attack involving senior executives of the SONY Corporation. In a country where the citizens have been eating dirt for years because of the communist regime’s policies, such a response by Barack Obama will clearly have no impact on the North Korean dictatorship’s behavior. Aside from the bluster of their ‘official statements’, the rogue regime simply isn’t very concerned about U.S. sanctions. They will just find ways to skirt any additional...
  • CNN Scammed by North Korean Parody Twitter Account

    01/05/2015 11:37:51 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 5, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    "Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un resolutely denounces extreme gullibility of U.S. Cable News Network jackals." Okay, that wasn't a real tweet, just my parody version of what a tweet from North Korea could look like since CNN actually was quite gullible to the extent that they cited a tweet from the well known North Korean parody account of @DPRK_News as if it were the real deal. Although CNN eventually pulled the parody tweet citation, @Popehat who is the real author of the @DPRK_News preserved the screen shot below for all eternity so that future generations can laugh at both the CNN...
  • Bill Richardson: Kim Jong Un a 'victim' of bad publicity

    01/03/2015 4:08:35 AM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | January 2, 2015 | Kendall Breitman
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a “victim” of bad publicity, according to Bill Richardson, the former New Mexico governor and U.N. ambassador. “He has been the victim, Kim Jong Un, of a lot of bad press, a lot of bad international attention, with the Sony hacking, with [being] taken to the International Criminal Court by some U.N. countries, a number of other very destabilizing moves that he has made, shooting the missiles, nuclear testing,” Richardson said on Friday on MSNBC’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall.”
  • Crippling Sony hack 'was the work of a disgruntled former employee named "Lena" who was laid off'

    01/02/2015 2:28:35 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1-1-2015 | Joel Christie and Sara Malm
    Cybersecurity experts have given a detailed outline to the FBI about the hack attack against Sony Pictures, insisting it was not the work of North Korea but a group of current and former employees who shared a 'mutual hatred' for the company. While the FBI and Sony have announced they believe Pyongyang carried out the hack - claims that were denied by leader Kim Jong-un - independent security officials have been coming forward for the past week saying most of the evidence points to an inside job. Silicon Valley security firm Norse, which provides intelligence to companies to prevent their...
  • Obama Administration Imposes Sanctions On North Korea, After Sony Hack

    January 02, 2015 FoxNews.comThe Obama administration on Friday imposed a wave of sanctions against members of the North Korean government, amounting to the U.S. government's first official response to the cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. Despite lingering questions from private security analysts over whether North Korea was responsible for the hack -- as the FBI has alleged -- the White House described the new sanctions as retaliation against Pyongyang. "We take seriously North Korea's attack that aimed to create destructive financial effects on a U.S. company and to threaten artists and other individuals with the goal of restricting their right...
  • Kim Jong-un 'flies plane' in North Korea New Year video

    01/01/2015 8:55:53 AM PST · by dynachrome · 37 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1-1-15 | unattributed
    Kim Jong-un is said to have mastered the art of driving a car by the age of three, and now footage broadcast on North Korean state television appears to show that he is also a skilled pilot. In the video, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, Kim can be seen looking through paperwork as he makes preflight checks before apparently taking control of the aircraft. Local media reported that Kim piloted the plane and landed it by himself as two assistants sat next to him.
  • Kim Jong-un reveals North Korea WILL talk to South Korea and may hold ‘high level summit’

    01/01/2015 8:04:35 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1 January 2015 | By Jenny Stanton For Mailonline
    North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un said he is open to more talks with his South Korea counterpart. In somewhat of a New Year's resolution, the leader said he is open to the discussions or even a summit - a statement welcomed by Seoul, the capital of South Korea, which in turn urged the North to take concrete steps towards normalisation of relations. Kim's call for improving inter-Korea relations in his New Year speech comes as Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, faces heightened criticism over its human rights record.
  • Kim Jong Un piloting an aircraft

    12/31/2014 8:22:23 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 57 replies
    Youtube.com ^ | December 31, 2014
    Here's a new North Korean propaganda video showing Kim Jong Un piloting a jet.
  • The Interview: Malware for Korea Fans

    12/31/2014 10:35:32 AM PST · by w1n1 · 1 replies
    wsj ^ | 12/31/2014 | S Dredge
    Android app reported to have infected 20,000 devices so far, promising pirated download while stealing bank account details. Controversial film The Interview has earned $18m so far from online sales and cinema viewings in the US, but some people in South Korea trying to download a pirated version are catching a nasty dose of mobile malware instead. The comedy, which satirises the North Korean regime of Kim Jong-un and sparked the recent cyberattack on studio Sony Pictures, is understandably eliciting plenty of interest in South Korea. See the rest of the Interview story here.
  • The Wisdom of Peace Through Strength

    12/31/2014 6:41:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    It was extremely encouraging to see the United States and Sony eventually stand up to the cyberbullying of the North Koreans by allowing the movie "The Interview" to be released despite threats of retaliation. Freedom of speech and freedom of expression are hallmarks of American life, and we must jealously guard these values from both internal and external threats. In fact, all of the freedoms guaranteed to American citizens by our Constitution must be steadfastly preserved, or they will be eroded. Vigilance and courage are necessary every day if we are to remain a free society. I am proud of...
  • New evidence Sony hack was ‘inside’ job, not North Korea

    12/31/2014 3:22:50 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 25 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 12/30/2014 | Post Staff Report
    US cybersecurity experts say they have solid evidence that a former employee helped hack Sony Pictures Entertainment’s computer system — and that it was not masterminded by North Korean cyberterrorists. One leading cybersecurity firm, Norse Corp., said Monday it has narrowed its list of suspects to a group of six people — including at least one Sony veteran with the necessary technical background to carry out the attack, according to reports. The investigation of the Sony hacking by the private companies stands in stark contrast to the finding of the FBI, which said Dec. 19 its probe traced the hacking...
  • Hollywood Plays with Fire

    12/30/2014 10:57:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    In July of 1870, King Wilhelm sent Foreign Minister Bismarck an account of his meeting with a French envoy who had demanded that the king renounce any Hohenzollern claim to the Spanish throne. Bismarck edited the report to make it appear the Frenchman had insulted the king, and that Wilhelm rudely dismissed him. The Ems Telegram precipitated the Franco-Prussian war Bismarck wanted. Words matter. And if a picture is worth a thousand words, how much greater impact can a motion picture have? We are finding out. Egypt has banned "Exodus: Gods and Kings," the $140 million 20th Century Fox biblical...
  • US finds Israel fourth most "unacceptable" country

    12/29/2014 11:46:32 AM PST · by Dave346 · 38 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 12.29.14, 19:37 | Yitzhak Benhorin
    Foreign Policy article examines number of times state department referred to "unacceptable" behavior this year; Israel ranked between North Korea and Pakistan. The US State Department described Israeli actions as "unacceptable" 87 times in 2014, with only three countries being more "unacceptable," according to a Foreign Policy article published last week. Journalist Micah Zenko searched the State Department's website for usage of the term, and his "top ten" list shows Israel sandwiched right between North Korea and Pakistan. Zenko pointed that the US officials regularly use the phrase "but then do very little in response to prevent or deter those...
  • It Wasn't North Korea Or Russia: Sony Hack "Perpetrator" Said To Be Laid-Off, Disgruntled Employee

    12/30/2014 7:50:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/30/2014 | Tyler Durden
    First it was, with "absolute certainly", North Korea. Then, out of the blue, an even more ridiculous theory emerged about the origin of the Sony hackers: Russia. Now, we finally get the truth, and as it turns out it was neither of the abovementioned sovereign actors who had nothing better to do than to hack movie scripts and racist emails: it was Sony's own disgruntled worker who was the source of the hack. According to Politico, FBI agents investigating the Sony Pictures hack were briefed Monday by a security firm that says its research points to laid-off Sony staff,...
  • Laughing at the Axis of Evil is Funny No More

    12/30/2014 7:34:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2014 | John Ransom
    Sony Pictures is triumphant today because their release of the North Korea-inspired comedy The Interview by Seth Rogen and James Franco had an estimated sales of $15 million over the weekend from largely online sales. The movie was schedule to be released in about 3,000 theaters, but because of “terror” threats, it was released in a limited number of theaters and online.The revenue is about $5,000 per canceled theater, or about 300 people per theatre. Kind of light traffic for a new release with a great deal of publicity surrounding it. Count it another triumph however for a renegade state...
  • Crosses Torn Down from 400 Churches in Eastern Chinese Province of Zhejiang

    12/28/2014 7:21:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Christians say their faith has been singled out because authorities are trying to curb its growth. BEIJING — Two days before Christmas, members of a rural Christian congregation in the eastern city of Wenzhou welded some pieces of metal into a cross and hoisted it onto the top of their worship hall to replace one that was forcibly removed in October. Within an hour, township officials and uniformed men barged onto the church ground and tore down the cross. "They keep a very close watch on us, and there is nothing we can do," said a church official, who spoke...
  • China Bans Christmas And This Happens To Google Traffic

    12/28/2014 7:42:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/28/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Very quietly and under the radar, authorities in China have cracked down on Christmas celebrations in China, deeming them "Western spiritual pollution." As CNMNews reports, for several years, a virtual rush to convert to Christianity has been underway in China, both in its Protestant and Catholic versions. The Department of Education this year issued a directive to limit Christianity’s appeal to young people, banning Christmas events and celebrations in schools and kindergartens, deemed “kitsch” and “un-Chinese”. The crackdown has also been spreading to universities and colleges nationwide. The result is nowhere more evident than in Google's traffic in China...  As...
  • To some Chinese, The Interview is ‘the greatest film in history’

    12/28/2014 6:30:55 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Today Online ^ | December 27, 2014
    To some Chinese, The Interview is ‘the greatest film in history’ Published: 8:23 AM, December 27, 2014 BEIJING — Even before Americans began flocking to theaters on Christmas Eve to see The Interview — Sony Pictures’ comedy about a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) plot to kill the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un — Chinese film fans by the thousands were downloading mostly pirated versions of the movie on domestic video-sharing websites. By midday yesterday (Dec 27), more than 300,000 people had seen the film, and the reviews, by and large, were favorable. “Perfect, the greatest film in history, all...
  • Russia Seeks to Raise its Language Profile in NK (North Korea)

    12/28/2014 2:50:46 AM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 9 replies
    Korea Times ^ | December 28, 2014 19:36 GMT | Kim Hyo-jin
    Russia appears striving to boost the demand for its language in North Korea, amid signs that the Cold War allies try to build up strong bilateral relations. Russia's Maritime Province of Siberia donated as many as 1,400 Russian books to North Korea, the Russian news agency Interfax said Wednesday. The books vary on the subjects from Russian history, literature, culture, to language. It reported that the state government delegated the donation project to "Russkiy Mir," an orthodox cultural foundation established by Russia's president Vladimir Putin in 2007 as a vehicle for exercising soft power abroad. The foundation delivered the books...
  • New theory emerges in Sony hacking suggesting Russian hackers

    12/27/2014 3:45:25 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 34 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | December 26, 2014 | Nicole Hensley
    Linguists identified foreign phrasing in about 2,000 words from hacker emails and posts that may have been penned by a Russian native speaker. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Linguists identified foreign phrasing in about 2,000 words from hacker emails and posts that may have been penned by a Russian native speaker. What if it wasn’t North Korea after all? In the controversy over the Sony hacking, government officials have accused the sequestered communist country of hacking Sony, but security analysts argue Russian hackers may be the culprit. Writing samples from hackers claiming responsibility for leaking finance reports and emails by Sony employees suggest...
  • North Korea slams U.S. over Internet shutdown, calls Obama a ‘monkey’

    12/27/2014 11:14:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/272014 | Simon Denyer
    <p>North Korea on Saturday compared President Obama to a “monkey in a tropical forest” as it blamed the administration for disrupting its Internet access amid a hacking dispute related to the movie “The Interview.”</p> <p>The North Korean government has been fiercely critical of the film, a comedy involving a plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong Un, but has denied responsibility for a recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures.</p>
  • N Korea Race-Hate Outburst At Obama [Obama Called ""Monkey Inhabiting A Tropical Forest"]

    12/26/2014 9:23:41 PM PST · by Steelfish · 30 replies
    Telegraph (Belfast) ^ | December 26, 2014
    N Korea Race-Hate Outburst At Obama 27 DECEMBER 2014 North Korea has hurled racial slurs at President Barack Obama as the communist state blamed the US for shutting down its internet amid the Sony hacking row. The North's powerful National Defence Commission said Mr Obama was behind the release of Sony Pictures' film The Interview and called him a "monkey inhabiting a tropical forest". North Korea has denied being involved in the crippling cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, but expressed fury over the comedy depicting an assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un. After Sony initially called off the release in...
  • N. Korea Calls Obama 'Monkey' in Hacking Row

    12/26/2014 9:32:07 PM PST · by Steelfish · 50 replies
    ABCNews ^ | December 26, 2014 | HYUNG-JIN KIM
    N. Korea Calls Obama 'Monkey' in Hacking Row SEOUL, South Korea — Dec 26, 2014 By HYUNG-JIN KIM North Korea called President Barack Obama "a monkey" and blamed the U.S. on Saturday for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the comedy "The Interview." North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy depicting an assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un. Sony Pictures initially called off the release citing threats of terror attacks against U.S. movie theaters. Obama criticized Sony's decision, and the movie has opened this...
  • N. Korea calls Obama ‘monkey’ in hacking row

    12/26/2014 9:11:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 26, 2014 11:45 PM EST | Hyung-Jin Kim
    North Korea called President Barack Obama “a monkey” and blamed the U.S. on Saturday for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the comedy “The Interview.” North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy depicting an assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un. […] “Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest,” an unidentified spokesman at the commission’s Policy Department said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency. It wasn’t the first time North Korea has...
  • New Study May Add to Skepticism Among Security Experts That North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack

    12/26/2014 5:15:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/26/2014 | By NICOLE PERLROTH
    A number of private security researchers are increasingly voicing doubts that the hack of Sony‘s computer systems was the work of North Korea. President Obama and the F.B.I. last week accused North Korea of targeting Sony and pledged a “proportional response” just hours before North Korea’s Internet went dark without explanation. But security researchers remain skeptical, with some even likening the government’s claims to those of the Bush administration in the build-up to the Iraq war. Fueling their suspicions is the fact that the government based its findings, in large part, on evidence that it will not release, citing the...
  • China a likely factor in North Korea cyber prowess: experts

    12/26/2014 5:01:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    AFP Via Yahoo News ^ | 12/26/2014 | Benjamin Haas
    North Korea may be facing explosive hacking accusations, but analysts are questioning how an isolated, impoverished country with limited Internet access could wage cyber sabotage -- and many experts believe China plays a role. The US has accused Pyongyang of hacking Sony Pictures, which was intimidated into initially cancelling the comedy film "The Interview" that mocks North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, before deciding to release it online and in selected US cinemas on Christmas Day. While much of the focus has been on the so-called cyber warfare between Washington and Pyongyang -- especially after North Korea's Internet temporarily went down...
  • Demand For ‘The Interview’ Is Shooting Up In North Korea And Its Government Is Freaking Out

    12/26/2014 4:50:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/26/2014 | Eugene Kim
    More and more North Koreans are becoming aware of the North Korea-mocking movie “The Interview,” and the government is doing everything to block it from getting smuggled in to the country. According to Free North Korea Radio, an online radio network made by North Korean defectors, demand for “The Interview” has been shooting up among North Koreans. It says people are willing to pay almost $50 a copy of the movie, which is 10X higher than what a regular South Korean TV show’s DVD would cost in the black market. In response, North Korea’s State Security Department and The Ministry...
  • North Korea was NOT behind the Sony hack.. insider named 'Lena' may be responsible. (truncated)

    12/25/2014 1:31:49 PM PST · by dynachrome · 67 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12-25-14 | CHRIS SPARGO
    he FBI last week announced that they had discovered conclusive evidence proving the North Korean government was behind the Sony hack President Obama then attacked the country for their behavior during a news conference, and informed them that the United States would retaliate Now, the findings of the FBI are being called into question by many of the cybersecurity industry's leading experts What's more, after an independent investigation, Norse has determined that they believe a woman named 'Lena' is responsible for the hack Almost every expert stated that they believe the hack had to have been an inside job
  • Letter to the editor (Interview)

    12/25/2014 1:06:54 PM PST · by rey · 5 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 24 Dec, 2014
    Provoking unstable Kim EDITOR: Of all the remarks about North Korea’s reaction to “The Interview,” I’ve heard none about how provocative, goading, taunting, death-threatening this film must be to an unstable, possibly crazed leader of an enemy country. In our elementary and high schools, this is called bullying and we know too well the tragic consequences. When we throw our kingly weight around other countries, flaunting our free speech, daring them to respond negatively, then get righteously punishing, I don’t get it. JOAN PANARO Santa Rosa
  • North Korea: No ‘physical reaction’ to new film

    12/24/2014 9:40:30 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    WP ^ | December 24, 2014
    North Korea: No ‘physical reaction’ to new film By Associated Press December 24 at 5:21 PM UNITED NATIONS — North Korea says it likely will have no “physical reaction,” just condemnation, to the release of the comedy film “The Interview,” which depicts the assassination of leader Kim Jong Un. A North Korea diplomat to the United Nations told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his country opposes the film’s release online and in over 300 U.S. theaters this week.
  • Copies of Team America sell out on Amazon and Walmart...

    12/24/2014 9:47:59 PM PST · by matt1234 · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 Dec 2014 | Jack Crone
    DVD copies of Team America: World Police have sold out on Amazon and Walmart following the controversy surrounding fellow North Korean parody The Interview. The 2004 comedy, by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, uses a cast of puppets to poke fun at former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and a host of Hollywood celebrities. The movie has now become a hit again - following Sony's cancelled and reinstated release of The Interview, a film based on an assassination plot of current North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
  • “The Interview” now available on Google Play and YouTube Movies

    12/24/2014 10:03:43 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 45 replies
    Google Blog ^ | December 24, 2014
    Last Wednesday Sony began contacting a number of companies, including Google, to ask if we’d be able to make their movie, "The Interview," available online. We'd had a similar thought and were eager to help—though given everything that’s happened, the security implications were very much at the front of our minds. Of course it was tempting to hope that something else would happen to ensure this movie saw the light of day. But after discussing all the issues, Sony and Google agreed that we could not sit on the sidelines and allow a handful of people to determine the limits of...
  • Opinion: Why the US isn't behind the North Korean Internet outage

    12/24/2014 8:14:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 12/24/2014 | Jason Healey, Passcode columnist
    North Korea has a fragile Internet, with a risk of being disconnected from the Web for any number of minor sneezes. But an attack of this nature can be easily attributed to the US and the administration should be up front about it. It's unlikely the US government was behind the recent disruption of the North Korean Internet. First, this kind of "you-slap-me-I-slap-you" response is not the US style. Instead, the Americans are more likely to come up with some epic, uber-technological hack that cleverly inverts the North Koreans internal systems, such as Stuxnet did to the Iranians. What's more,...
  • James Franco Tweet [Praises Obama, Guarantees I won't see The Interview]

    12/24/2014 3:25:46 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    twitter | 12/23/14 | James Franco
    VICTORY!!!!!!! The PEOPLE and THE PRESIDENT have spoken!!! SONY to release THE INTERVIEW in theaters…
  • Dallas Stars video board pokes fun at North Korea's Kim Jong Un

    12/23/2014 7:09:35 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | December 23, 2014 | Chris Peters
    The Dallas Stars video board is known for its clever barbs at the opposing teams and using current events to their comedic advantage. Well, if you hadn't heard, North Korea has been in the news lately. After hacking efforts that effectively shut down the release of Sony-produced film The Interview was traced back to North Korea by the FBI, the country has experienced widespread internet outages. So, naturally, this gave the Stars' entertainment team an ample opportunity to stir up a little national fervor in the proud American city of Dallas, Texas.
  • It's Alarmingly Easy To Take North Korea's Internet Offline

    12/23/2014 3:51:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/23/2014 | Armin Rosen
    The Sony hacking saga took an even stranger turn yesterday when North Korea lost internet access for roughly 9 1/2 hours. The cause of the outage can't be conclusively determined. But it appears likely that the country's paltry web infrastructure — which consists of a mere four networks and just over 1,000 IP addresses — was the target of a distributed denial of service attack (DDOS) conceivably motivated in some way by the events surrounding last month's Sony breach and the controversy surrounding The Interview. The North Korean outage was both an utterly empty gesture and evidence of how nearly...
  • Sony Set To Announce ‘The Interview,’ Theatrical, VOD Release (Exclusive)

    12/23/2014 9:58:02 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 50 replies
    The Wrap ^ | December 23, 2014 | Sharon Waxman o
    After a national clamor to release the film despite threats, Sony finds a way to get the comedy out there Sony Pictures is set to release the canceled Seth Rogen comedy “The Interview” in theaters and on video on demand, TheWrap has learned. The plan is to release the film simultaneously in participating theaters and via video on demand. The Plaza theater in Atlanta and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin have now said they will distribute the film. The studio is expected to announce the planned release on Tuesday, according to an individual with knowledge of the studio’s plans.
  • How Obama briefly shut down North Korea's internet [Satire]

    12/23/2014 10:52:37 AM PST · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | December 23, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Obama's confidential adviser on all matters Islamic, Mohamed Allah-dork, is disgusted with Obama's recent attack on North Korea's internet because the methods He used were contrary to true Islamic doctrine. Concerned that his silence might be viewed as agreement with Obama's methods, Allah-dork decided to divulge what really happened and how. Mohamed Allah-dork Great technological sophistication was needed to take down North Korea's internet. Therefore, experts who had created the ObamaScare website, together with experts from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), managed the project. Together, they provided an elegant solution which, unlike the ObamaScare website, worked perfectly (if only briefly) on the second attempt. First, all of the glitches thus far identified in the ObamaScare...