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  • But while Obama got laughs in Washington, Oscar winners George Clooney and Sean Penn launched broadsides against Sony and Hollywood studios' response to the hack. Sony has said it could not release the film on its set date of Dec. 25 after cinemas said they would not show it because of fears of unspecified threats from hackers. Clooney, whose past two films for which...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 19- Sony Pictures said on Friday it is looking for alternatives to release "The Interview" after it scrapped the Christmas Day theatrical opening of the screwball comedy at the center of a cyberattack on the studio blamed on North Korea. On Wednesday, Sony canceled the theatrical release of the film depicting the assassination of North Korean...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 19- The United States has sought help from China, Japan, South Korea and Russia in combating cyber attacks such as the one Washington on Friday accused North Korea of carrying out against Sony Pictures, U.S. officials said. The outreach, which included meetings among U.S. and Chinese officials in both nations' capitals, is a tacit acknowledgement...

  • Sony: Let's be clear—'The Interview' isn't over Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 5:33 PM ET
    Heavy security surrounds the entrance of the United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles, Dec. 11, 2014.

    After Obama's criticism, Sony said theaters' decision not to show "The Interview" forced the studio to halt the release.

  • Risk modelers look to clarify cyber risk costs Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 4:58 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 19- Even as the Sony Corp cyber attack laid bare the kinds of vulnerabilities that typically drive companies to buy insurance policies, the lack of a risk model for insurers means such protection is not always easy to get. While high-profile attacks at retailers such as Target Corp and Home Depot Inc this year have spooked consumers, the devastating...

  • LOS ANGELES— The Sony hack, the latest in a wave of company security breaches, exposed months of employee emails. Other hacks have given attackers access to sensitive information about a company and its customers, such as credit-card numbers and email addresses. One way hackers can sneak into a company is by sending fake emails with malicious links to employee...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 19- Sony Pictures Entertainment chief executive and chairman Michael Lynton said on Friday that the Hollywood studio did not make a mistake in pulling satirical film "The Interview" after a cyberattack blamed on North Korea. Earlier on Friday, Obama said Sony should have released the film and not bowed to pressure from hackers.

  • Rep. Brad Sherman, Financial Services Cmte., (D) California, discusses Sony's decision to pull "The Interview" and the role the US should play in these kinds of cases.

  • President Barack Obama speaking at the end of the year press conference in the White House, Washington, December 19, 2014.

    "I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake," Obama said of Sony's decision.

  • Sony on shelving 'The Interview': 'We had no choice' Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 4:21 PM ET

    Obama said during a press conference Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in dropping "The Interview." This was their decision, " Sony said in a statement. Sony insists it has only cancelled the Christmas Day release and that it has been "actively surveying alternatives" to release the film on a different platform.

  • LOS ANGELES— The creator of a satirical video game that depicts Kim Jong Un as a gun-toting, unicorn-riding hero has no plans to cancel his zany creation following a cyberattack and threats of violence against Sony Pictures that the FBI has attributed to North Korea. While North Korea forces have frequently been depicted as the adversary in games, such as " Tom...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 19- President Barack Obama vowed on Friday to respond to a devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures that he blamed on North Korea, and scolded the Hollywood studio for caving in to what he described as a dictator trying to impose censorship in the United States. Obama said the cyberattack "caused a lot of damage" to Sony but that the company should...

  • AP Interview: Coelho says Sony hack threatens all Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:56 PM ET

    GENEVA— Brazilian author Paulo Coelho says the Sony hack threatens us all if society doesn't enforce important values: our individual and collective freedom of expression and an unwavering refusal to negotiate with anonymous terrorists. The best-selling author said in an interview Friday with The Associated Press that he was prepared to make himself an...

  • Celebrities react to latest Sony hack developments Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:40 PM ET

    Latest reaction from Hollywood and beyond to the Sony hacking scandal and President Obama' s remarks Friday that the studio "made a mistake" in not releasing its embattled film "The Interview":. We stand by our director members Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and hope that a way can be found to distribute the film by some means, to demonstrate that our industry is not...

  • President Barack Obama on Friday said Sony Pictures "made a mistake" in pulling the satirical film "The Interview" after suffering a devastating cyberattack blamed on North Korea. Obama made the remarks after the Federal Bureau of Investigation said North Korea was behind the cyberattack over the film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader...

  • US considers adding N Korea back on terror list Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:53 PM ET
    Security guards at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles, December 11, 2014.

    The FBI says an investigation has found information to confirm North Korea's involvement in the Sony cyberattack.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 19- President Barack Obama vowed that the United States will respond to the devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures blamed on the North Korean government. Obama said the cyberattack "caused a lot of damage" to Sony but that he believed the company made a mistake in canceling the release of "The Interview," a comedy portraying the assassination of...

  • 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...

  • Did Russia, North Korea change the market game? Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:03 PM ET
    Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, December 1, 2014.

    Some big news this week, including Russia and North Korea. Did any change the game for the market? NYSE floor trader Kenny Polcari weighs in.

  • Despite miss, BlackBerry is gaining momentum: CEO Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:29 PM ET
    BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen shows future models of the new Blackberry Classic smartphone during a launch event for in New York, December 17, 2014.

    BlackBerry reported disappointing hardware sales, but CEO John Chen said the prospects for the BES12 software business are good.