Today's Top Technology Headlines
- North Korea behind Sony hack, with possible China link: U.S. official
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. investigation into the hack of Sony's computer system has determined that North Korea was behind the operation with a possible Chinese link, a U.S. official said on Friday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the conclusion was to be announced later by federal authorities. The probe into the hack found North Korea was behind it and that there may be a Chinese link either through collaboration with Chinese actors or by using Chinese servers to mask the origination of the hack, the official said. (Reporting by Steve Holland)
- BlackBerry third-quarter revenue falls more than expected, shares drop
By Allison Martell and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd on Friday reported a bigger-than-expected drop in third-quarter revenue, sending shares of the struggling smartphone maker lower, even as it eked out a small adjusted profit and began generating cash flow again. Revenue fell to $793 million from $1.19 billion a year earlier, falling short of analysts' expectations of $931.5 million. "It's a number that obviously, to us, is not satisfying," Chief Executive Officer John Chen said on a conference call, noting that the focus has been on margins and cash flow. ...
- For North Korea's cyber army, long-term target may be telecoms, utility grids
By Ju-min Park and Jack Kim SEOUL (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. ...
- Amazon's cloud business a harder sell in post-Snowden era
SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) - This spring, Taser International Inc won a small but high-profile contract to supply body cameras to the London police. But the deal nearly collapsed over one issue: where the video footage would be stored.
- BlackBerry closes acquisition of Germany's Secusmart
TORONTO (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. ...
- Sony: Europe holiday sales of PlayStation 4 'inventory challenged'
TOKYO (Reuters) - The head of Sony Computer Entertainment, the Japanese electronic group's video gaming division, said holiday sales of its PlayStation 4 gaming console in Europe were so strong that it was fighting to keep up with demand. "If I look at Europe I think it is potentially, for the second year running, going to be quite inventory challenged," Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House told Reuters on Friday. He did not give specific numbers, and said the company was doing its best to bolster production and logistics to deal with the strong demand. ...
- Blackberry posts 3Q adjusted profit, revenue down
- FBI to name North Korea as culprit in Sony hack today
The Federal Bureau of Investigation will say later today that North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony, according to Reuters and CBS. Reuters reports that investigators will also say there may also be a link to China in the hack, with Chinese servers potentially being used. CBS reports that officials believe the attack began in North Korea but was routed through other countries, which potentially explains that link. North Korea has been widely seen as the likely culprit in the cyberattack, though it has denied any involvement.
- 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. Washington has called the strike against the big Hollywood studio a matter of national security but has not formally put the blame on North Korea, despite a U.S. official's indication this week the Obama administration could soon tie it to Pyongyang. Obama was expected to address the issue at a 1:30 p.m. news conference. ...
- The best Oreo you can buy
- Hot mobility products to spice up your holiday season
- iPhone 6 Plus 16GB, 64GB now ship in one day
- A smartphone as a holiday gift? Not such a brilliant idea
- 2014 welcomes the Net's new names: .beer, .farm, .nyc and much more
- Watch the funniest video from Grand Theft Auto V
I don't want to tell you anything about this Grand Theft Auto V video, posted to YouTube by BustedHead. It's so simple and perfect and oh my gosh I cannot stop laughing. My cheeks hurt from giggling so much. The video was posted on November 27th, so it's not brand new, but I'm going to assume some of you haven't seen it, and I hope to correct that.