Xeni Jardin

Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: xeni@boingboing.net.

Sony Hack: Could secretive group of ethnic North Koreans in Japan be to blame?

Headquarters of the Chongryon in Japan, via Krebs on Security.


Headquarters of the Chongryon in Japan, via Krebs on Security.

Security researcher Brian Krebs breaks down the FBI’s statement, "what experts are learning about North Korea’s cyberattack capabilities, and what this incident means for other corporations going forward."

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FBI is investigating #Gamergate

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Muckrock filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FBI for documents related to Gamergate. The request was refused.

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Obama on hack: "Sony made a mistake" in killing 'The Interview'

Citing increased cybersecurity threats, President suggests “more rules about how the internet should operate”

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A ghostly view of Horsehead nebula in new image from Spitzer Space Telescope

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A beautiful space image from the Spitzer Space Telescope. Here's the super-grande size.

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FBI: North Korea is responsible for Sony Pictures hacks. We have proof.

A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film ''The Interview'' in Los Angeles, California December 11, 2014. [REUTERS]


A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles.[REUTERS]

A statement released by the FBI today blames the government of North Korea for the devastating Sony hack, which appears to have been motivated by offense taken at "The Interview," a film about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

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Report: U.S. planning “proportional response” to Sony hack, blamed on North Korea

“We can't allow a hacker gap!”


“Gentlemen! No fighting in the war room!” A scene from Kubrick's classic war farce, Dr. Strangelove.

One day ahead of an expected announcement by U.S. officials that North Korea is responsible for the devastating hack on Sony Pictures, CNN reports that federal investigators have evidence that “hackers stole the computer credentials of a system administrator to get access to Sony's computer system.”

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Things you do that really piss me off

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Available at knockknockstuff.com

[via thisisnthappiness.com]

Pulp Nintendo

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A series of Nintendo-themed pulp fiction covers by Ástor Alexander, an artist based in San Diego, CA.

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Report: Google building new Android OS for use in cars, with no smartphone required

A Google self-driving vehicle is parked at the Computer History Museum after a presentation in Mountain View, California May 13, 2014. Photo: Reuters


A Google self-driving vehicle is parked at the Computer History Museum after a presentation in Mountain View, California May 13, 2014.
Photo: Reuters

Reuters reports that Google is developing a version of Android “that would be built directly into cars” to allow drivers to use the Internet without having to use a smartphone as an intermediary device.

The move is a major step up from Google's current Android Auto software, which comes with the latest version of its smartphone operating system and requires a phone to be plugged into a compatible car with a built-in screen to access streaming music, maps and other apps. The first such vehicles will debut in 2015.

Google, however, has never provided details or a timeframe for its long-term plan to put Android Auto directly into cars. The company now plans to do so when it rolls out the next version of its operating system, dubbed Android M, expected in a year or so, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

"Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android - sources"

Momma cat nurses orphan pit bull puppy

This pit bull puppy was abandoned at birth. An unlikely foster mom gave the doggie a second chance at life.

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Watch a candy maker make candy canes by hand

Oddly soothing, amid the chaos of this holiday season.

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This is a pretty awesome a capella dubstep video. You should really watch it.

It's a couple of years old, but no less awesome. Young mister Sam Sadler is a genius.

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Watch the Kim Jong Un death scene that led to the untimely death of 'The Interview'

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This Reddit thread contains a bunch of mirrors.

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Al Qaeda expert credited with designing deception of CIA torture program

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Matthew Cole at NBC News reports that a senior CIA expert on al Qaeda who remains in a senior position at the agency “was a key architect of the agency's defense of its detention and 'enhanced interrogation' program for suspected terrorists, developing oft-repeated talking points that misrepresented and overstated its effectiveness.” Information about her role was revealed in the Senate Intelligence Committee's report released last week.

After the 9/11 attacks, this same expert came under fire for “countenancing a subordinate's refusal to share the names of two of the hijackers with the FBI.” For this, she was not punished. She was promoted.

The report singles out the female expert as a key apologist for the program, stating that she repeatedly told her superiors and others — including members of Congress — that the "torture" was working and producing useful intelligence, when it was not. She wrote the "template on which future justifications for the CIA program and the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques were based," it said.

The expert also participated in "enhanced interrogations" of self-professed 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, witnessed the waterboarding of terror suspect Abu Zubaydah and ordered the detention of a suspected terrorist who turned out to be unconnected to al Qaeda, according to the report.

"Bin Laden Expert Accused of Shaping CIA Deception on 'Torture' Program" [via]

NBC News doesn't name her, but other sources have: Alfreda Frances Bikowsky.

I'm dreaming of a Cat Christmas

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A photo shared in our Flickr Pool by Jason Litten.