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  • The destructive nature of the attack, and threats from the hackers that led the Hollywood studio to pull a comedy movie depicting the assassination of North Korea's leader, set it apart from previous cyber intrusions, the FBI said. "As a result of our investigation, and in close collaboration with other U.S. government departments and agencies, the FBI now has...

  • NEW YORK— Hackers sent a new email Friday to Sony Pictures Entertainment, gloating over the studio's "wise" decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" and warning not to distribute the film "in any form." The FBI said in a statement it has enough evidence to conclude that North Korea was behind the punishing breach, which resulted in the disclosure of tens of...

  • Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 11:53 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. Sony said it had had no choice but to cancel distribution of the movie...

  • Children's Hospital settles over data breach Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 11:53 AM ET

    BOSTON— Boston Children's Hospital has agreed to pay $40,000 and bolster its patient data security following a data breach that compromised the personal information of more than 2,100 patients, the state attorney general's office announced Friday. The judgment, entered in Suffolk Superior Court, alleges the hospital failed to protect the health...

  • FBI SAYS TECHNICAL ANALYSIS OF DATA DELETION MALWARE USED IN SONY ATTACK FOUND LINKS TO MALWARE NORTH KOREAN ACTORS PREVIOUSLY DEVELOPED.

  • Consumers can sue Target Corp over data breach -judge Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:10 AM ET

    Dec 19- A U.S. judge has cleared the way for consumers to sue Target Corp over the retailer's late 2013 data breach that they say compromised their personal financial information. District Judge Paul Magnuson in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Thursday dismissed claims by plaintiffs in certain states but largely denied Target's request to toss the proposed class action...

  • Linux distributor Red Hat's profit tops estimates Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 8:51 AM ET

    Red Hat reported quarterly revenue and profit above market expectations, boosted by strong growth in subscriptions.

  • TORONTO, Dec 19- BlackBerry Ltd on Friday reported a bigger-than-expected drop in third-quarter revenue, sending shares of the struggling smartphone maker lower, even as it eked out a small adjusted profit and began generating cash flow again. Revenue fell to $793 million from $1.19 billion a year earlier, falling short of analysts' expectations of $931.5...

  • BLACKBERRY CEO JOHN CHEN SAYS STILL EXPECTS TO DOUBLE SOFTWARE REVENUE NEXT YEAR, LOOKING FOR MONETIZATION TO KICK IN AROUND SECOND QUARTER.

  • Blackberry posts 3Q adjusted profit, revenue down Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 7:29 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Blackberry reported an adjusted profit for its fiscal third quarter but its revenue fell, missing analysts' estimates. Apple Inc. showed that phones can handle much more than email and phone calls. On Wednesday, Blackberry launched the Classic, a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones— and most...

  • Xerox selling ITO unit, stock edged up in premarket Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 7:03 AM ET

    NORWALK, Conn.— Shares of Xerox are edging higher in premarket trading Friday after the business services provider disclosed that it is selling its information technology outsourcing division to France's Atos for $1.05 billion. Xerox's ITO business includes about 9,800 employees in 45 countries. Atos has also agreed to provide information technology...

  • Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:14 AM ET

    The Sony attack, which U.S. officials blamed on North Korea, was unusual because it included threats of violence if the Hollywood studio released its movie "The Interview," a comedy that depicts the assassination of the North's leader. He said his company has received a growing number of requests from financial institutions and other businesses alarmed by...

  • Xerox and Atos step up their relationship  Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 5:15 AM ET

    Xerox has agreed to sell its IT outsourcing unit to Atos for $1.05 billion. Michel-Alain Proch, CFO of Atos, describes it as a "new strategy collaboration."

  • TOKYO, Dec 19- The head of Sony Computer Entertainment, the Japanese electronic group's video gaming division, said holiday sales of its PlayStation 4 gaming console in Europe were so strong that it was fighting to keep up with demand. "If I look at Europe I think it is potentially, for the second year running, going to be quite inventory challenged," Sony Computer...

  • Tech stocks lead European shares higher on M&A boost Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:16 AM ET

    PARIS, Dec 19- European stocks climbed early on Friday, with French information technology services firm Atos SE leading a rally in tech stocks after unveiling a deal to buy Xerox Corp's IT outsourcing arm. Shares in Atos rose 6 percent, leading gains in the STOXX Europe 600 Technology sector, which was up 1.1 percent at 0814 GMT. Air France-KLM bucked the trend,...

  • Gift Guide: Strong photo, video gear options Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    ATLANTA— What to buy an experienced photographer or video shooter? There is some strong gear on the market from Nikon, GoPro and Domke. The D750 has built-in Wi-Fi for direct communication with tablets and smartphones running Nikon's free app.

  • In the end, the deal survived only after Taser dropped Amazon.com Inc as the data storage provider for the year-long project. The fact that Amazon did not have a data center in Britain was a deal breaker for British officials, according to Taser. The case is an example of the challenges that Amazon faces as it works to expand its cloud computing business, known as...

  • Companies' data security in question after Sony hack Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars. "The Sony breach is a real wake-up call even after the year of mega-breaches we've seen," says Lee Weiner, Boston security firm Rapid7's senior vice...

  • *White House not in position to confirm North Korea responsible. WASHINGTON/ LOS ANGELES, Dec 18- Washington made the woes of cyberattack victim Sony Pictures its own on Thursday as the White House acknowledged that the devastating strike against the big Hollywood studio was a matter of national security that would be met by a forceful government response.

  • Sony's capitulation could mean that more businesses will be targeted for cyberwarfare and extortion, they said. The crisis at Sony Corp's movie studio is prompting executives to think more broadly and to use data encryption software for internal data. Sony on Wednesday dropped the comedy that features the assassination of North Korea's leader after...