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The NSA was tracking North Korea’s hackers long before they attacked Sony Pictures

Intelligence gathered by the National Security Agency on North Korea more than four years ago led the US government to blame Pyongyang for the recent attack on Sony Pictures, according to a report from the New York Times. The report, citing former US officials, computer experts, and documents leaked last week by Edward Snowden, says the NSA used malware to track North Korean hackers as part of a program launched in 2010. That allowed the government to blame North Korea with unusual speed and certainty following December’s hack on Sony Pictures, but the report also sheds light on how Pyongyang’s hackers were able to get away with it in the first place.

US officials tell the Times that the operation against Sony began in September, when…

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This harrowing magazine cover is unlike any you’ve seen before

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ListenUp: Red Bull Music: 20 Before 15

Red Bull Music: 20 Before 15


Leading up to the end of the year, Red Bull Music Academy drew together 20 tracks from artists they’ve worked with over the past year. Spanning genres and notoriety, the list represents the diversity evident in today’s music scene where the line between……

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Take a tour of The Colbert Report studio before it’s demolished tonight

Tonight is the final night for Stephen Colbert’s political satire The Colbert Report. Fortunately, his iconic New York City studio has been preserved with the help of Google’s Street View tech for businesses, aka, Business View. So why not take a tour before it’s torn down? Even if you never had a chance to attend in person you can still marvel at the cheapness of the chairs provided to the audience. Stroll right on up to the tchotchkes and books on Cobert’s shelves including, of course, a copy of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Get lost inside his infinite portrait above the mantle and squint at the two bottles of “Fred” tucked off-stage behind the shrouded cameras. Is it whiskey? Is it the hot dog flavored water of Fred Durst? It’s whatever…

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6 Crucial Interview Questions To Ask Clients Before Accepting a Job

As an agency owner, I often receive questions about our client and web project on-boarding process. When a lead comes in, what are the right interview questions to ask potential clients before…

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Before protests, Hong Kong news sites were hit with the largest DDoS ever

While protestors were filling the streets of Hong Kong, there was another kind of gridlock flooding the city’s independent media sites. A new report from Forbes says the protests saw the largest denial-of-service attacks on record, reaching up to 500 gigabits per second according to the web optimization network CloudFlare. The attacks started in June, targeting independent news site Apple Daily before moving on to the similar PopVote outlet. Amplifying traffic by triggering IP lookups, the attackers were able to generate traffic significantly larger than the notorious Spamhaus attacks of last year.

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FCC questions AT&T for halting high-speed fiber deployment before net neutrality decision

The FCC has asked AT&T for more information about its decision to halt the rollout of its high-speed fiber network until net neutrality rules are decided. It’s asking AT&T to provide documents regarding the profitability of fiber deployment, its plans to limit fiber deployment, what its fiber network currently looks like, and how many households it actually planned to deploy fiber to in the first place. AT&T’s decision to halt fiber rollout is effectively a threat, telling the FCC that strict net neutrality rules would harm the type of broadband investment that it so wants to see. The commission’s inquiry is likely going to size up that threat — and see how this might impact AT&T’s investment should its merger with DirecTV go through.

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Twitpic saved by Twitter just hours before planned shut down

Twitpic has reached its final chapter. The once-popular image sharing service announced today that it has reached an agreement to be acquired by Twitter, saving millions of photos that were set to go up in smoke later today. In a blog post, founder Noah Everett said “we have reached an agreement with Twitter to give them the Twitpic domain and photo archive, thus keeping the photos and links alive for the time being.” He added, “Twitter shares our goal of protecting our users and this data.”

The service was one of the first and, ultimately, most popular ways to share photos on Twitter. Until more recent years, Twitter itself didn’t offer a way to upload and share photos on the social network — users were forced to host images elsewhere…

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Brookstone puts up pre-order page for Fitbit Surge before it’s been announced

Fitbit still hasn’t gotten around to officially announcing its new $ 250 Surge fitness watch, but the company’s retail partners are no longer waiting around. An apparent mixup has led Brookstone to prematurely publish a pre-order page for the “super watch.” A friendly tipster clued us in on the mistake. And the page (still live as of this writing) confirms everything we’ve already told you: Surge is a fitness watch — not a smartwatch — with built-in GPS and a variety of sensors that can record your workouts and overall activity regardless of whether it’s linked up to a smartphone.

Fitbit’s going after runners in a big way with this device; they’ll be able to look back at split times and route history thanks to the GPS, all without…

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First ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer leaks briefly online before being pulled down

Marvel planned to debut the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer during Agents of SHIELD next Tuesday, but apparently that plan isn’t working out. What appears to be the entire trailer has now leaked online, albeit in fairly poor quality. The trailer shows the full team in action and includes a look at the Hulkbuster armor, a super strange version of “I’ve Got No Strings,” and, of course, Ultron, as voiced by James Spader in what sounds like a wonderfully creepy performance. We can’t imagine that this trailer will remain online for long, but if you miss it or would rather wait for a better version, a high quality trailer should be available by this time next week. The film is headed into theaters on May 1st, 2015 in the US.

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