Dec 23, 2014, 2:45 pm EST
A North Korea internet outage occurred on Monday and lasted for several hours.
The exact reason behind the North Korea internet outage is unknown, but some speculate that the country was the target of a cyber attack. The White House said it didn’t know anything about the attack and that questions should be sent to the North Korean government, reports Fox News.
Following the 10-hour North Korea internet outage on Monday, the country suffered from two smaller ones. One of these outages lasted for about half an hour. It’s expected that there will be more outages in the country in the coming days, USA Today notes. Read
Dec 18, 2014, 3:27 pm EST
A United States official is claiming that North Korea was behind the Sony (SNE) Pictures hack.
According to the official, who can’t comment on the situation publicly, the attack didn’t comes from inside of North Korea, but they believe that it was set up by the country’s leaders. The official claims that a statement concerning the Sony Pictures hack should be released soon, reports USA Today.
The Sony pictures hack occurred on Nov. 24 and is believed to be connected to The Interview, which is a comedy about assassinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Following threats toward the film, Sony has decided to cancel showing it in theaters, USA Today notes. Read
Dec 18, 2014, 3:07 pm EST
New York announced on Wednesday that it will ban fracking in 2015.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that he will ban fracking, which is used to pull oil and gas from underground, in early 2015. The decision to ban the activity was affected by the lack of scientific evidence that it wasn’t a health concern, reports Reuters.
Fracking activities in New York have been prohibited since 2008 as debate about it was ongoing. The decision to ban it in New York has the state joining Vermont as the only other one to have completely banned the operation, Reuters notes. Read
Dec 17, 2014, 3:47 pm EST
President Obama announced a number of policy changes meant to patch up the nation’s relationship with Cuba.
The announcement was made Wednesday, following the release of American Alan Gross who spent five years in Cuban prison. Thanks to the deal, Americans can now travel to Cuba.
The new policies will give U.S. citizens the opportunity to fly to Cuba with certain restrictions. Travelers must have one of 12 licenses — including diplomatic missions, education groups and performance artists — to make the trip out there. Read