A $50 Media Player Is Helping North Koreans Thwart Censorship

A $50 media player is becoming a threat to North Korea's oppressive, isolationist regime. Many North Koreans are using cheap, portable Chinese media players to learn about the outside world and watch contraband foreign TV, news, and films. » 3/27/15 10:55am Friday 10:55am

How One Man Wants to Free North Korea With USB Drives and Pirated Movies

North Korea is a quietly desolate otherworld, at least as far as we outsiders can tell from the bits and pieces of untouched, unpropagandized media that occasionally leak out. The key to freeing it? It could be sneaking American media in. Wired talked to one of the men who does it, and his story is fascinating. » 3/01/15 7:28pm 3/01/15 7:28pm

North Korea Justifies Why It Shuns Light at Night

North Korea has long been known to plunge into darkness overnight, choosing not to light even its city streets. Now it's justified its love of the deep, black night. » 2/09/15 3:30am 2/09/15 3:30am

Sony Hackers Used a Zero Day Vulnerability to Break In

That hackers really messed up Sony's shit is indisputable, but how they did it (and also who they were) is still up in the air. A Recode report sheds some light on the former, though; access was apparently gained through a Zero Day vulnerability, a previously unknown hole that could very well have been for sale on the… » 1/20/15 10:24am 1/20/15 10:24am

This Is What Seoul and Pyongyang Look Like at Night

North Korea and South Korea are very different places. But seeing their respective capital cities, Seoul and Pyongyang, next to each other at night makes that difference more stark than ever. » 1/20/15 6:47am 1/20/15 6:47am

The NSA Saw Signs That the Sony Hacks Were Coming

When the FBI blamed North Korea for the Sony Pictures hacks, some wondered how that finding had been made so quickly. Now, new interviews and documents reveal that the NSA had tapped into North Korean networks years before the attacks, and saw indications that such an attack may be imminent. » 1/19/15 3:40am 1/19/15 3:40am

Meet the New Cold War, Same As the Old Cold War

Remember the Cold War? We basically spent half a century on the precipice of worldwide nuclear annihilation. Well, like it or not, the Cold War is back. In fact, it never really ended. » 1/13/15 1:00pm 1/13/15 1:00pm

CISPA: The Awful Anti-Privacy Law That Won't Prevent Another Sony Hack

CISPA is back. You might remember the bill as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act—or perhaps as "the worst privacy disaster our country has ever faced." Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger reintroduced the bill to the House Intelligence Committee on Friday under the auspices of preventing another Sony hack. » 1/10/15 12:00pm 1/10/15 12:00pm

Government Sources: The U.S. Didn't Hack Back North Korea

The Associated Press is reporting that the U.S. didn't hack back North Korea after the Sony Pictures debacle. Two senior U.S. officials say that the country wasn't responsible for North Korea going dark. » 1/09/15 7:43am 1/09/15 7:43am

You Can Download North Korea's OS X Knockoff for Desktops (But Don't)

An anonymous Dogecoin lover recently uploaded a torrent that appears to contain the delightful Mac OS X knockoff built by North Korea. While it's not news that the DPRK created its own a Linux-based operating system that looks just like OS X, it's pretty funny that you can now play with what looks like a copy of it. » 1/07/15 4:20pm 1/07/15 4:20pm

That North Korean news Twitter account is fake

You may have seen a strange North Korean news account floating around the Twitters recently. DPRK News Service (@DPRK_News) sends out weird messages posing as an official mouthpiece of the authoritarian regime. But don't be fooled. It's a fake account run by a blogger. » 1/05/15 6:30pm 1/05/15 6:30pm

North Korea's Thesaurus: New US Sanctions an "Inveterate Repugnancy"

Just a few days ago, the White House hit North Korea with tightened (and fairly meaningless) sanctions as the first part of its multi-step Sony hack retaliation plan. In response, North Korea wants you to know that it is pissed. And that it's really working hard in SAT prep this year. » 1/04/15 1:08pm 1/04/15 1:08pm

Obama Hits North Korea With Sanctions, Hints There's More To Come

Despite a recent FBI briefing attempting to convince the Bureau that evidence was flimsy, the White House is standing strong behind its decision to point the Sony Hack finger squarely on North Korea. To prove it, Obama just hit North Korea with tightened sanctions. Because now we're really not doing business with them. » 1/02/15 2:52pm 1/02/15 2:52pm

Hackers Uploaded a Worm to South Korean Nuclear Plants

Here's a scary thing that happened: South Korean authorities found evidence that a worm was recently removed from devices connected to nuclear power facilities. The news comes a little over a week after the country's nuclear plant operator received warnings on Twitter that its network had been compromised. Thankfully,… » 12/30/14 10:55am 12/30/14 10:55am

North Korea's Internet and Mobile Phone Network 'Paralyzed' 

Chinese news agency Xinhua is reporting that North Korea's internet is down. Again. But this time the country's 3G mobile phone network has been taken down as well. The report was confirmed via landline from North Korea to China. » 12/27/14 10:00am 12/27/14 10:00am

So Who Shut Down North Korea's Internet?

Just this past Friday, North Korea's already shaky internet access started to crumble. Over the weekend, things just got worse, and by yesterday morning, the country was in a state of total blackout. Considering that the U.S. just officially blamed North Korea for the Sony hack, and that the U.S. asked China for… » 12/23/14 3:50pm 12/23/14 3:50pm

Sony Pictures Will Screen The Interview on Christmas Day

Multiple theaters are now announcing that Sony Pictures has authorized screenings of The Interview on Christmas Day. There are also reports that the company will also announce corresponding video on demand release. They're not such cowards after all! » 12/23/14 12:03pm 12/23/14 12:03pm

Looks Like North Korea's Internet Is Still Sputtering

Yesterday, North Korea's connection to the internet had a bad day. Then it kinda sorta came back! But not before taking another vacation. It's like in-flight Wi-Fi over there. » 12/23/14 11:42am 12/23/14 11:42am

North Korea Is Partially Back Online

Yesterday, North Korea's internet went dark, with security researchers claiming that internet was down entirely across the entire country. Now, the country's connection seems to be at least partially restored. » 12/23/14 3:59am 12/23/14 3:59am

Hey Good North Korea Internet Joke, Everybody!

Earlier today, reports abounded that North Korea had suffered an unprecedented internet outage. While it remains unclear whether it's the result of a cyber attack or the country's longstanding technological woes, one thing is certain: you got jokes! » 12/22/14 5:20pm 12/22/14 5:20pm