Looking back at another wild year in the tech sector
Two years ago, the world was supposed to end, based on the Mayan calendar. And last year, we heard about the death of the PC ad nauseam. Of course, neither of those things happened, setting up yet another event-filled 12 months of technology news that ran the gamut from a major security flaw affecting nearly every website on the Internet, to Blizzard announcing its first new PC game franchise in 17 years, plus a whole lot more.
The movie North Korea supposedly didn't want you to see
Despite the efforts of hackers who were apparently ticked off with Sony Pictures Entertainment over The Interview, a far-fetched comedy in which the CIA enlists the help of TV personalities played by Seth Rogan and James Francos to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, millions of Americans watched the movie since its Christmas Eve debut. More precisely, The Interview grossed $15 million in total consumer spending after just four days of being released online, Sony said in a release.
North Korea's Internet service resumes in spotty form
Tension between the U.S. and North Korea could be growing if it's discovered the former had anything to do with the latter's recent Internet outage, which lasted nearly 10 hours. Links have since been restored though the reason for the outage is not yet known. U.S. officials maintain that Washington was in no way involved, but then again, North Korea also contends that it had nothing to do with the cyberattack against Sony despite there being evidence to the contrary.
Evidence points to North Korea as the culprit behind a cyber attack on U.S. soil
After investigating a major cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment that resulted in the theft and subsequent leak of various data, it appears there's enough evidence to suggest that North Korea is the culprit, as was previously suspected. However, U.S. authorities have been debating whether or not to publicly accuse North Korea of the attack, fearing that doing so would play into the country's hands of seeking a confrontation. According to reports, the decision's been made.
Says DPRK sympathizers could be behind ‘righteous’ act
The devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures that rendered most of the movie studio’s computers unusable for over a week and left the hackers behind the attack in possession of copious amounts of sensitive data is currently being probed by both forensic experts hired by the company and the FBI. Although the identity of the perpetrators has yet to be established, many believe there is plenty of circumstantial evidence that points to a North Korean hand. Perhaps fed up with all the incriminatory rumors, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Sunday dismissed all talk of its involvement in the attack on Sony in its own inimitable style.
“Hacker army” is a term we'd expect to hear from an explosion-packed Hollywood crime caper, but here we are watching real people spout phrases that are just asking for a cheesy one-liner to wash them down. That, however, is only the tip of the increasingly silly sounding iceberg. The South Korean government, you see, is claiming that said “army” helps keep its not-so-nice neighbor to the north from gobbling up all its funds by farming a little gold here and there. By which we mean, you know, six million dollars' worth.
"Do you have any idea how f***ing busy I am?" Kim Jong Il's puppet roared in high-pitched fury in Team America: World Police, and we here at Maximum PC sympathize. It takes a lot of work to run your dictatorship with an iron fist, especially when you're trying to do so with a stylish sense of irony. North Korea's state-run television station ran a report yesterday showing the inside of a North Korean computer factory. Delicious irony #1: North Koreans aren't allowed access to the Internet anyway, and: Delicious irony #2: North Korea might not even be manufacturing at least one of the computers.
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This time, Gordon Mah Ung and his Funky Bunch discuss new, low-priced ebook readers, Apple's magic trackpad, and ATI's suprising victory against Nvidia. In the rant, Gordon explains how to get two free tacos from Taco Bell, and the connection between The Simpsons and North Korea.
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