By Soulskill from Slashdot's it-was-the-one-armed-nation-state department
writes: A North Korean official said that the secretive regime wants to mount a joint investigation with the United States to identify who was behind the cyber attack against Sony Pictures. An unnamed spokesman of the North Korean foreign ministry was quoted by the country's state news agency, KCNA, describing U.S. claims they were behind the hack as "slander." "As the United States is spreading groundless allegations and slandering us, we propose a joint investigation with it into this incident," the official said, according to Agence France-Presse. Both the FBI and President Barack Obama have said evidence was uncovered linking the hack to to North Korea, but some experts have questioned the evidence tying the attack to Pyongyang.
Meanwhile, reader hessian notes that 2600: The Hacker Quarterly
has offered to let the hacker community distribute The Interview for Sony
. It's an offer Sony may actually find useful, since the company is now considering releasing the movie on a "different platform."
Reader Nicola Hahn warns that we shouldn't be too quick to accept North Korea as the bad guy in this situation:
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By Soulskill from Slashdot's didn't-tweet-about-it department
sends a report from scientists who were tracking a group of birds — golden-winged warblers — in the Appalachian mountains. Just a few days after the birds completed their seasonal migration, they did something odd — they picked up and moved again
. Shortly thereafter, a series of storms swept through that area of the U.S., which led to a destructive tornado outbreak (abstract
).After the storm had blown over, the team recaptured five of the warblers and removed the geolocators. These are tiny devices weighing about half a gram, which measure light levels. Based on the timing and length of the days they record, these gadgets allow scientists to calculate and track the approximate location of migratory birds. In this case, all five indicated that the birds had taken unprecedented evasive action, beginning one to two days ahead of the storm's arrival. "The warblers in our study flew at least 1,500km (932 miles) in total," Dr. Streby said. They escaped just south of the tornadoes' path — and then went straight home again. By 2 May, all five were back in their nesting area."Read Replies (0)