Photo: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images Mounting evidence has investigators wondering if North Korean hackers are the computer criminals behind Sony Pictures Entertainment’s cyber-security mishap , which occurred last week. The Wall Street Journal reports that people briefed on the investigation — which include the FBI, Sony, and an IT security company — said the hackers used tools and code eerily similar to those used in March 2013 against South Korean broadcasters and banks. South Korea’s government blamed the attack, known as “Dark Seoul,” on North Korea’s Reconnaissance General Bureau, a beefed-up intelligence agency. WSJ added that this month the studio is releasing The Interview , James Franco and Seth Rogen’s comedy about talk-show hosts charged with assassinating the communist country’s leader, Kim Jong-un. (North Korean government officials have threatened the U.S. if it encourages the film’s release and distribution.) A source at Sony, however, told the paper that … [Read more...] about Is North Korea Behind the Sony Pictures Hackings?
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered his Cabinet to consider filing a complaint with an international court against Japan’s decision to release radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean. Presidential spokesman Kang Min-seok told reporters Wednesday in Seoul that President Moon wants officials to examine whether to bring the matter to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced Tuesday that his government had approved a plan to empty 1.3 million tons of contaminated water from Fukushima into the ocean beginning next year, when the plant’s storage tanks will be full. Suga said the plan to release the water in the sea is an “unavoidable” part of decommissioning the Fukushima facility. Moon also personally expressed his concerns about the plan Wednesday to Koichi Aiboshi, Japan’s envoy to South Korea, when Aiboshi formally presented his credentials. He told the ambassador … [Read more...] about South Korea Considers Actions Against Japan Over Plan to Release Radioactive Water from Fukushima Plant
April 14, 2021 11:52 Netflix earned W400 billion from its streaming service in Korea last year, more than double the amount it made in 2019 (US$1=W1,125). Sales jumped 123.5 percent in lockdown to W415.5 billion, while operating profit surged 295.2 percent over the same period to W8.82 billion. Most of the sales were generated by subscription fees, which surged 127 percent to W398.8 billion. Netflix offers a flat monthly subscription fee of between W9,500 to W14,500, and the number of subscribers surged as people spent more time at home due to the coronavirus epidemic. As of the end of last year, 3.8 million households here subscribed to Netflix. Netflix' Korean Earnings Double in Lockdown Korea Orders Netflix to Amend 'Unfair' Terms of Subscription Netflix to Open 2 Production Facilities in Korea Netflix Triples Korea Subscriptions Over a Year Netflix Users in Korea Surpass 1 Million 1st Korean Show on Netflix to Return for Another … [Read more...] about Netflix’s Earnings in Korea Double in a Year
DOHA, Qatar The United States signed a peace agreement with Taliban militants on Saturday aimed at bringing an end to 18 years of bloodshed in Afghanistan that began after 9/11 and allowing U.S. troops to return home from America’s longest war. This historic deal, signed by chief negotiators from the two sides and witnessed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Qatari capital of Doha, could see the withdrawal of all American and allied forces in the next 14 months and allow President Donald Trump to fulfill a key campaign pledge to extract the U.S. from “endless wars.” It sets the stage for intra-Afghan peace talks to begin by March 10 during which a permanent ceasefire will be negotiated and the Taliban agree to meet with all factions. Under the agreement, the U.S. would draw its forces down to 8,600 from 13,000 in the next 3-4 months, with the remaining U.S. forces withdrawing in 14 months. The complete pullout would depend on the Taliban meeting their commitments to prevent … [Read more...] about U.S., Taliban sign peace agreement aimed at ending 18-year war in Afghanistan
Director Gore Verbinski arrives to the 37th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards at InterContinental Hotel on January 13, 2012 in Century City, California. Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images Gore Verbinski is known for directing some of the largest movies of the past decade, including three Pirates of the Carribean s and the upcoming Lone Ranger . However, it appears his next project will be a bit more humble. Deadline reports he is attached to direct an adaptation of the graphic novel Pyongyang . The novel centers on a young French-Canadian animator who moves to North Korea to act as a liaison for a French animation production company. Things do not go well. So, the question is: Does Johnny Depp know how to do a French-Canadian accent? … [Read more...] about Gore Verbinski to Direct Adaptation of the Graphic Novel