NORTH KOREA

  • Sony Pictures' raunchy comedy 'The Interview' makes $18 million on the opening weekend 3 hours 52 minutes ago

    Sony Pictures said "The Interview" has earned more than $15 million in online sales and another $2.8 million in theaters, an impressive return made possible by the publicity surrounding the cyberattack blamed on North Korea. The raunchy comedy that depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made almost...
  • North Korean Internet, 3G mobile network 'paralysed': Report Yesterday

    Shanghai : North Korea's Internet and 3G mobile networks were paralyzed again on Saturday evening, China's official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday, with the North Korean government blaming the United States for systemic instability in the country's networks. Internet connectivity had not returned to normal as of 21:30 local time,...
  • In Asia, 'The Interview' is watched illegally online and panned Yesterday

    Seoul/Shanghai: Hundreds of thousands of people viewed illegal copies of 'The Interview' in China and South Korea on Friday, just hours after the controversial movie on the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was released in the United States. Most viewers said they watched the low-brow spoof because...
  • North Korea calls Barack Obama 'a monkey' in hacking row 2 days ago

    Seoul: North Korea called US President Barack Obama "a monkey" and blamed the US 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...
  • 'The Interview' makes $1 million before online revenue rolls in 2 days ago

    Los Angeles: "The Interview" took in more than $1 million in a limited Christmas Day release, a solid showing that could be quickly eclipsed by the money Sony Pictures (6758.T) makes with its groundbreaking online debut of the raunchy comedy. That the farcical film which angered North Korea and triggered a...
  • Sony's 'The Interview' a hit as movie goers flock to US theatres 2 days ago

    Sony's 'The Interview' is about a fictional plot assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is already a hit as movie goers flock to US theatres. Tickets in most places have been sold out. ...
  • Sony puts 'The Interview' on YouTube, other digital platforms 4 days ago

    Los Angeles: 'The Interview', the provocative comedy that triggered a devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures, went straight to US consumers on Wednesday in an unprecedented online debut after hacker threats prevented its wide release on Christmas day. The film was available for rental on Google Inc's YouTube site as of early...
  • President Obama saves the day for Sony Pictures; 'The Interview' goes ahead with a limited release 4 days ago

    New York, Dec 24 (PTI) Actor Seth Rogen and co-star James Franco hailed Sony Entertainment's decision to finally go ahead with a limited release of their comedy film 'The Interview' this Christmas. Sony had earlier pulled the film from theaters after a cyber attack on its computers that resulted in the...
  • North Korea's Internet collapses after Sony hack 6 days ago

    Washington: North Korea's Internet went dark for several hours amid rumours of US retaliation over its alleged hacking of a Hollywood studio, just as the pariah state came under attack at the UN over its rights record. It was not clear who or what had shut down Pyongyang's web connections, but...
  • Internet outage seen in North Korea amid US hacking dispute 6 days ago

    Washington: North Korea, at the center of a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony pictures, itself experienced Internet outages on Monday, a US company that monitors Internet infrastructure said. New Hampshire-based Dyn Research said the reason for the disruptions was not known but could range from technological...
  • CEO Sony Pictures Lynton expresses disappointment on President Obama's comments 6 days ago

    US President Barack Obama spoke out on the controversy surrounding the alleged hacking attack on Sony Pictures over the film 'The Interview' which is about a fictional assassination attempt on North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un. ...
  • Hacking of Sony Pictures not an act of war but cyber-vandalism: Obama 6 days ago

    US President Barack Obama spoke out on the controversy surrounding the alleged hacking attack on Sony Pictures over the film 'The Interview' which is about a fictional assassination attempt on North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un. ...
  • North Korea threatens strikes on US amid hacking claims 1 week ago

    Seoul: North Korea says President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyber attack of Sony Pictures and warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole US mainland, that cesspool of terrorism." Such North Korean rhetoric during times of high tension with Washington is routine. But...
  • North Korea rubbishes US allegations calling them childish 1 week ago

    North Korea has rubbished US allegations calling them childish. This after US President Barack Obama said they had enough information to prove Pyongyangs role in the audacious cyber attack. ...
  • Recent hack by North Korea an act of cyber-vandalism: Barack Obama 1 week ago

    US President Barack Obama has called the recent hack by North Korea into the networks of technology company Sony, not as an act of war, but as an act of cyber-vandalism. ...
  • Since you won't get to see 'The Interview', here are 5 other films with plots to kill real world leaders 1 week ago

    Los Angeles: Kim Jong Un isn't alone. Queen Elizabeth II, Saddam Hussein and Pope Pius XIII have also been the targets of wacky assassination attempts on film. But those world leaders actually made it to the multiplex, while the demise of the North Korean dictator in Sony Pictures' beleaguered 'The Interview'...
  • Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan December 21, 2014

    Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony on its website Friday. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business. Over at newswire Kyodo News, just after the FBI formally blamed North Korea for the cyberattack, mega pop group AKB48 topped headlines online instead. While American...
  • Forget the politics, Sony executives say N.Korea comedy 'desperately unfunny' December 20, 2014

    Seoul:The comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader is "desperately unfunny" and would have flopped overseas if it had not been cancelled, according to leaked e-mails of international executives of Sony Pictures. Sony Corp scrapped its Christmas Day release of 'The Interview,' following threats by hackers who have leaked...
  • North Korea responsible for Sony cyber-attack: FBI December 20, 2014

    Washington: The US on Friday blamed North Korea for the cyber-attack on Hollywood movie studio Sony Pictures in which confidential information was leaked by hackers. "The FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions," an official statement from the Federal Bureau of...
  • Obama monitoring cyber attack on Sony closely December 19, 2014

    Washington: Washington made the woes of cyberattack victim Sony Pictures its own on Thursday as the White House acknowledged that the devastating strike against the big Hollywood studio was a matter of national security that would be met by a forceful government response. But the White House was not ready to...
  • Sony employees receive email threat claiming to be from hackers December 6, 2014

    Los Angeles: Employees at Sony Pictures Entertainment received threatening emails on Friday that claimed to be from the group that carried out a massive cyber attack at the Hollywood film studio. The email said it came from GOP, the shorthand for "Guardians of Peace," the group that claimed responsibility for the...
  • Hackers: A handpicked, pampered elite in North Korea December 5, 2014

    Seoul: Despite its poverty and isolation, North Korea has poured resources into a sophisticated cyber-warfare cell called Bureau 121, defectors from the secretive state said as Pyongyang came under the microscope for a crippling hack into computers at Sony Pictures Entertainment. A North Korean diplomat has denied Pyongyang was behind the...
  • There's just one Kim Jong Un. North Korea orders everyone sharing leader's name to change it: report December 4, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea has ordered people who share the name of leader Kim Jong Un to change their names, South Korea's state-run KBS television reported on Wednesday. North Korea imposed similar bans on the use of the names of its two former leaders, Kim's father, Kim Jong Il, and grandfather, Kim...
  • Two Americans freed by North Korea, returning home: US officials November 9, 2014

    Washington: North Korea has freed two US citizens, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, who are returning home after spending months in detention in the secretive Asian state, the US government said on Saturday. Bae and Miller were being accompanied back to the United States by James Clapper, the director of...
  • North Korea's Kim makes second walking stick-aided appearance October 17, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea's state media on Friday reported another public appearance by leader Kim Jong-Un, his second in four days after an extended absence that has seen him re-emerge with a walking stick. The North's ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun ran front page pictures of a smiling Kim, a black cane...
  • Kim Jong Un's recent public appearance raise speculations over his long absence October 16, 2014

    Days after Kim Jong Un made his public appearance after a long period of absence, speculations have arisen over his disappearing act. ...
  • North Korea leader Kim Jong Un makes public appearance after 40 days sparking speculation about his health; seen walking with a stick October 14, 2014

    Pyongyang: A photo published Tuesday by the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper of North Korea showed top leader Kim Jong Un looking healthy except for using a walking stick after disappearing from public view for over 40 days. Kim walked with the stick when he visited a newly built residential district for...
  • After over a month, North Korea leader Kim Jong appears in public October 14, 2014

    Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, using a cane for support, visited a housing development, state media reported on Tuesday, ending a lengthy absence from public view that had fuelled speculation over his health and grip on power in the secretive country. Several pictures on the front page of Tuesday's...
  • No early sign of 'missing' Kim Jong-Un on key party date October 10, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea's ruling party celebrated its 69th anniversary on Friday with no early sign that "missing" leader Kim Jong-Un might finally resurface after more than a month out of the public eye Kim's unexplained absence has fed a cycle of rumour and wild speculation that only a country as...
  • UNGA asks Security Council to refer North Korea to ICC October 9, 2014

    United Nations: A draft resolution for the UN General Assembly's human rights committee encourages the Security Council to consider referring the situation in North Korea to the International Criminal Court. A copy obtained Thursday by The Associated Press says the council should follow the recommendations of a UN commission of inquiry...