Facebook Says Fewer Affected by Hack Than First Thought

Facebook said fewer users than it initially thought were impacted by hackers in the largest-ever security breach at the social-media giant two weeks ago—and the company detailed for the first time the depth of personal information that was accessed.
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Apple files stored by teen in ‘hacky hack hack’ folder

An Australian 16-year-old is in court following a series of intrusions into Apple’s internal network.
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Butlin’s admits 34,000 guest records lost in hack

Butlin’s has confirmed that the records of up to 34,000 guests have been accessed by hackers.
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Reddit user data compromised after ‘serious’ hack

Online forum Reddit has confirmed a data breach in which usernames and encrypted password data were compromised, but has not said how many of its millions of users have been affected.
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Twelve Russians charged with US 2016 election hack

The dozen allegedly used spear phishing emails and malware and hacked voter data on a state website.
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Ticketmaster ‘warned of hack attack in April by Monzo’

Digital bank Monzo claims it warned Ticketmaster that data had been compromised three months ago.
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Skin Deep: Serena Williams Has a Genius Eyebrow Hack

The tennis star leans toward natural products and — no surprise — expects to see results.
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Fitness app hack affects 150 million people

Some 150 million users of a fitness app have been affected by a data security breach.
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Gwent Police investigated for hiding potential hack

Gwent Police is being investigated after failing to inform hundreds of people that hackers may have accessed their confidential reports to the force.
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Home Hack: Majorly Cut Down on Cleaning Time with These 5 Genius Ideas

Cleaning can be such a chore.

Whether it’s as simple as wiping down the countertops or an annual afternoon spent scrubbing the oven, household to-dos can quickly pile up — and overwhelm you.

This year, get ahead of these tedious tasks before they get ahold of you. Sound too good to be true? Try these five simple tricks that will make your home spotless without the everyday stress.

1. Trash Can Trick
There are few things more frustrating than taking out the trash, forgetting to replace the bag and accidentally dumping something in the uncovered can. Cut out the middleman by keeping a few bags at the bottom of the bin. After tying up the old, all you have to do is reach down for the new.

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2. Sheet Treat
Linen closet out of control? Corral your spare sheet sets by folding up the bed coverings and placing them inside their coordinating pillowcase. Stack the pretty packages to save on space (and sanity).

3. Clever Kits
Instead of keeping all of your supplies in the pantry or under the kitchen sink, make mini baskets of the essentials to be stored in the room’s you tend to the most. Gather your secret weapons — like all-purpose cleaners, gloves, sponges, etc. — place them in a bucket and store somewhere easily accessible, but out of sight.

4. Better Baking
There are few activities less enjoyable than cleaning the oven. Save yourself a ton of elbow grease by lining the bottom with a silicon liner. Not only will it catch everyday spills and stains, but when it becomes truly unbearable, all you have to do is remove it and wipe it down. No getting on your hands and knees required.

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5. Storage Savior
It seems cabinet space is always lacking, but this quick fix can help. Place a standard shelf organizer inside your cramped quarters to add vertical space for dishes or other essentials. You’ll be amazed at how such little effort will reap such noticeable results.

To see these genius ideas at work, watch the full video above. For more cleaning hacks, click here.


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More than 5,000 websites have been hacked to force visitors’ computers to run software that mines a cryptocurrency similar to Bitcoin.
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Thousands hit in OnePlus credit card hack

About 40,000 customers of OnePlus could have had card details stolen in the attack by cyber-thieves
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Lawrence ‘afraid’ of sexy scenes after photo hack

Jennifer Lawrence has told how she has been “afraid” of doing anything “sexy” on screen since having her nude photos hacked in 2014.
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Uber data hack hit 2.7m UK riders and drivers

Uber says the data breach it kept secret for over a year resulted in the personal data of approximately 2.7 million people in the UK being exposed.
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Uber Hack Clouds Valuation as SoftBank Readies Bid

SoftBank Group is expected to proceed with an offer to buy billions of dollars worth of shares from Uber Technologies’ stakeholders, but the security breach involving 57 million Uber accounts could change the investor’s evaluation of the ride-hailing company’s shares.
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SoftBank Weighs Offer Price for Uber Shares Days After Hack Disclosure

SoftBank Group is expected to proceed with an offer to buy billions of dollars worth of shares from Uber Technologies’ stakeholders, but the security breach involving 57 million Uber accounts could change the investor’s evaluation of the ride-hailing company’s shares.
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New Uber CEO Knew of Hack for Months

While the massive data breach at Uber Technologies Inc. didn’t happen under the watch of the new chief executive, more than two months elapsed before he notified affected customers and drivers of the incident, people familiar with the matter said.
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New Uber CEO Knew of Hack for Months

While the massive data breach at Uber Technologies Inc. didn’t happen under the watch of the new chief executive, more than two months elapsed before he notified affected customers and drivers of the incident, people familiar with the matter said.
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Watchdog: ‘Huge concerns’ over Uber hack cover-up

The UK’s data watchdog says it has “huge concerns” over Uber’s secret payment of $ 100,000 to hackers who stole users’ information.
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Face ID iPhone X ‘hack’ demoed live with mask by Bkav

A Vietnamese cyber-security firm shows the BBC how a mask can be used to unlock Apple’s new phone.
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Google offers hackers $1,000 to hack its apps

Google is offering security researchers a $ 1,000 (£760) bounty if they can successfully hack apps on its Play Store and help fix them.
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Child safety smartwatches ‘easy’ to hack, watchdog says

A watchdog finds that hackers can track, eavesdrop or even communicate with children.
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Equifax data hack worse than first thought

Credit report company Equifax has admitted that 2.5 million more Americans than previously thought were potentially affected by a cyber attack that breached its systems.
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‘We’ve Been Breached’: Inside the Equifax Hack

The crisis has sent shock waves through the industry, spooked consumers and sparked investigations. A focus for inquiry is a software glitch that appears to be how the intruders got into the company’s systems.
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Equifax Hack Leaves Consumers, Financial Firms Scrambling

Consumers, financial firms and regulators were scrambling to assess the damage the massive hack at Equifax could cause even as the credit-reporting company came under attack on multiple fronts for its handling of the cyberattack.
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Equifax data hack ‘an unmitigated disaster’

A cyber attack on a credit rating agency threatening the data of up to 44 million people in the UK has been branded an “unmitigated disaster” by security experts.
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Instagram Says Hack That Targeted Celebrities Was Wider Than Thought

Social-media app Instagram said a hack it disclosed earlier this week affected a larger number of users than it previously detected.
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HBO investigating latest Twitter hack

HBO is investigating a breach in their cyber security, after hackers took control of its social media accounts.
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Jennifer Lawrence Tells Vogue She Lives in Fear of Another Photo Hack: ‘I’m Always Waiting to Get Blindsided Again’

This year, Vogue has achieved a major milestone for any publication, celebrating it’s 125th-year in print. And to celebrate the occasion, the monthly magazine not only went with one of their favorite actresses for the main image, Jennifer Lawrence, who has now graced the cover three times, but to create something appropriately grand for this milestone achievement Vogue also commissioned four artists, photographers Bruce Weber, Annie Leibovitz, Inez and Vinoodh, and painter John Currin to each develop their unique aesthetic take on this Oscar-winning star, transforming her into their own personal muse.

For the cover above, Inez and Vinoodh dressed Lawrence in a slinky, gold, metal mesh gown by Versace with a dramatic thigh-high slit which they paired with a handful of David Yurman rings, slicking back her blonde hair and accentuating her features with very minimal bronzed makeup and shooting the whole thing on a simple grey backdrop to better let her natural beauty shine through. But while Inez and Vinoodh’s take on the actress was the kind of typical glamour we’ve become accustomed to seeing from her as she swans down the red carpet, the covers by John Currin and Bruce Weber highlight the true adaptability that helped make Lawrence a silver screen star.

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In the only black and white cover of the bunch, photographed by Bruce Weber, the Mother! actress looks off into the distance, fastening a button on her white Dior shirt, a brand she also happens to serve as the face of, wearing a number of rings also by the fashion house as well as an engraved ring by Eli Halili. Once again, her makeup is left subtle and natural, with the loose waves of her hair slightly tousled by the passing breeze.

For her cover shot by Annie Leibovitz, which will also serve as the primary cover image greeting readers on stands, the star went full-on Old Hollywood, in a crimson silk gown from the Ralph Lauren collection with a deep-V neckline and a long train, paired with Cathy Waterman earrings, leaning against the edge of a boat as it cruises past the Statue of Liberty in the background.

But although she’s used to being the center of attention on set, the actress confesses after having her privacy devastatingly violated when her nude photos were leaked on the internet, she’s always braced for the worse. “It’s scary when you feel the whole world judges you,” she says. “I think people saw for what it was, which was a sex crime, but that feeling, I haven’t been able to get rid of it. Having your privacy violated constantly isn’t a problem if you’re perfect. But if you’re human, it’s terrifying. When my publicist calls me, I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, what is it?’ Even when it’s nothing. I’m always waiting to get blindsided again.”

In an unprecedented move, the magazine also enlisted world famous fine artist John Currin, whom Vogue has featured extensively in the past, to paint an original portrait of Lawrence in his classical style. For the painting, the actress poses in a complete Miu Miu ensemble consisting of a puffy red-and-white striped fur hat, a clavicle-baring taupe gown with bishop sleeves, and a small turquoise leather clutch just barely in frame featuring the brand’s signature ornate ruching.

And it seems Vogue and these artists aren’t the only ones enamored with J.Law, her friend Emma Stone also gushed about their friendship to the publication. “‘I like how clear Jen is. She makes her opinions very, very clear to me, all the time—whether I ask for it or not.” Stone shares. “I appreciate that quality. She’s just fun, a shot of light.”

What do you think of Lawrence’s latest Vogue covers? Which is your favorite? Sound off below!


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Hack on Italy’s largest bank affects 400,000 customers

Data from 400,000 accounts belonging to Italy’s biggest bank are thought to have been exposed.
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Router hack risk ‘not limited to Virgin Media’

A weakness in some Virgin Media routers also affects routers by other providers, experts warn.
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How e-cigarettes can be used to hack computers

Security researchers have demonstrated how e-cigarettes can easily be modified into tools to hack computers.
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Disney boss says ‘Pirates hack’ was a hoax

Disney’s boss has said reports that the company had been hacked were untrue, and that it received “only a threat”.
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NHS forced to turn away patients after hack

Hospitals across the country have been forced to cancel and delay patient operations after a global cyberattack crippled computer systems.
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Holiday Inn hotels hit by card payment system hack

About 1,200 hotels in the US and Puerto Rico were infected by credit card-stealing malware.
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Microsoft patched ‘NSA hack’ Windows flaws before leak

Tech firm says it fixed flaws in Microsoft Windows about a month before they were exposed.
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US charges Russian spies over Yahoo hack

Two Russian spies and two “criminal hackers” have been charged in the US over a massive Yahoo data breach in 2014.
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Russia denies Yahoo hack involvement

The Kremlin has denied that Russia’s intelligence agency was involved in a huge hack affecting Yahoo.
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U.S. Officials Plan to Unveil Charges Tied to Yahoo Hack

U.S. officials are planning to unveil charges Wednesday related to the theft of personal data that affected hundreds of millions of Yahoo Inc. users and disrupted the company’s sale to Verizon Communications Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.
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Swastika Twitter hack by ‘Turk govt backers’

Twitter accounts, including that of Amnesty International, have been hacked by a group claiming to support the Turkish government.
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Deutsche Telekom hack ‘mastermind’ held in Luton

A British man has been arrested on suspicion of launching a cyberattack on a German telecoms company, which left one million customers unable to go online.
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WordPress blogs defaced in hack attacks

More than a million pages have been defaced by hackers exploiting the bug, say security experts.
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Star Wars card firm Topps hit by ‘unforgiveable’ hack

Credit and debit card verification details among the data that may have been accessed, the firm behind the Star Wars trading cards has said.
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Sony tweets ‘Britney is dead’ after Twitter hack

Sony Music has apologised to Britney Spears and fans after its Twitter account was hacked and a fake tweet said the pop icon was dead.
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PayAsUGym user details compromised in hack attack

Hackers accessed PayAsUGym customers’ email addresses and passwords, the fitness website confirms.
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TalkTalk’s wi-fi hack advice is ‘astonishing’

Security experts attack TalkTalk’s response to evidence that thousands of its wi-fi passwords have been stolen.
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Ryan Holiday Sells Stoicism as a Life Hack, Without Apology

Mr. Holiday, who was an aggressive marketer for Dov Charney’s American Apparel, has repackaged a 2,300-year-old philosophy as a self-help strategy for professional athletes, tech entrepreneurs and hip-hop artists.
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3 Ways To Hack Your Environment To Help You Create

This article first appeared on QuietRev.com

This is the first article in Quiet Revolution’s two-part series on seeking creativity. Check out this space next week to learn about different techniques that make your mind more likely to generate creative thoughts.

Much of our creativity is tied up in our intrinsic natures as introverts or extroverts, and the ways we interact with our environment is uniquely dependent upon our temperaments.

According to The Atlantic, the great film director Ingmar Bergman spent the last 25 years of his life living on a small island in Sweden to eliminate chaos from his life. There, “…he would plan his films, write the scripts, [and] make the screenboards… He limited his activities: Besides working and thinking, he might go for a stroll. … In the late afternoon or evening, he would have visitors over to go and look at a movie in his cinema. And that was his routine, every day. He didn’t try to do more.”

Bergman wrote in a journal every day, and one day he wrote, “Here, in my solitude, I have the feeling that I contain too much humanity.”

Dorthe Nors reflected that “it is the job of the artist to sit with our feelings, to be receptive to them, to examine them, turn them into narrative or paint or film.” The act of creation is often synonymous with making opportunities for solitude, generating this overwhelming sense of humanity, and pouring it out on the page or the canvas.

The act of creation can be difficult. It requires good routines, inspiration, and surroundings. It’s especially important for introverts to pay attention to their environments and carefully cultivate creative spaces.

We’ve rounded up three of the best strategies for blocking out external demands and distractions to create time for inner stimulation.

1. Twyla Tharp’s bubble

In her book The Creative Habit, the world-renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp writes that the ideal creative state—she calls “The Bubble”—is constructed and controlled. It’s “one where creativity becomes a self-perpetuating habit.” 

Tharp details the ways many other creatives construct bubbles, including novelist Philip Roth, who “lives alone in the country and works seven days a week, waking early and walking to a two-room studio fifty yards from his house… Near his desk he keeps two small signs, one reading ‘Stay Put,’ the other ‘No Optional Striving.’ [These are] reminders to avoid the temptation of anything other than the five essentials: food, writing, exercise, sleep, and solitude.”

Creating a bubble for yourself doesn’t have to be as extreme as Tharp’s or Roth’s—a bubble can also be a state of mind. Take stock of what you could subtract from your life. How can you adopt a more monastic mental state? Even when you’re amid chaos or traveling, you can still create a bubble for yourself and your creative work.

Try this theory in your life: How can you pare your life down to the minimum number of moving parts? What isn’t adding to your creativity? What can you say no to?

2. IDEO and Intel’s restorative time

IDEO designers frequently work on 10-12-week projects requiring intense teamwork. After a project wraps, the team is often wiped. But introverts can be especially burned out since they’ve most likely been working in a small project space with several other team members for weeks on end—not an optimal introvert environment.

But IDEO realizes that its success as a creative firm comes from its employees remaining inspired, so if the project calendar allows for it, designers are encouraged to take a few hours or a day off between projects. IDEOers use this time as a chance to rest. Once they’ve restored their energy, they use the time to get re-inspired.

Some IDEO teams actually build time for inspiration into their weekly work. One project team in New York used every Friday morning to get inspired together by taking trips to a museum or working outdoors.

Other offices structure this downtime into every working week. According to the New York Times, Intel “experimented in 2007 with conferring four uninterrupted hours of quiet time every Tuesday morning on 300 engineers and managers.” This pilot group loved it so much that the practice was extended to the rest of the company.

Jason Fried, co-founder and CEO of Basecamp (formerly known as 37Signals) is an introvert, and he’s structured his entire company around quiet time. In his bookRework, he urges creatives to remember that “every minute you avoid spending in a meeting is a minute you can get real work done instead.”

Try this theory in your life: Make a case at your office for days off after projects, quiet time, or no-meeting zones. Even if you can’t work remotely, you can build an argument for solitude at work.

3. Mihály Csíkszentmihályi’s theory on creativity and flow

It’s easy to forget that we have an innate capacity to know what being creative feels like. When we’re in an optimal state for creativity, we’re in a state of flow—we’re completely absorbed in an activity.

Positive psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi describes flow as a state when “we feel totally involved, lost in a seemingly effortless performance. Paradoxically, we feel 100% perfectly alive when we are so committed to the task at hand that we lose track of time, of our interests—even our own existence.”

So, why is it so hard to remember that doing excellent, creative work should feel good? Perhaps because it is increasingly hard to find moments of flow within our modern work environments. Mihály Csíkszentmihályi writes, “Few things in life are as enjoyable as when we concentrate on a difficult task, using all our skills, knowing what has to be done.”

Studies show that for most of us, flow occurs more often when we are engaging in work activities, not in leisure activities. But how can we ensure that we actually have the capacity to enter flow at work?

First, Csíkszentmihályi says we need jobs that provide “clear goals, immediate feedback, and a level of challenges matching our skill.” We also need an environment that will allow us to become wholly engaged in activities. This means having a sense of control with few distractions. For us introverts, this means longer stretches of interrupted work time, a quiet environment, and a community around us we know and trust. The thirdkey to finding flow is to work on something that you have intrinsic motivation for.

As Harvard Business Review reports, one CEO started using Csíkszentmihályi’s theories to help his employees find flow. His techniques included “allowing people to switch off email, fewer meetings, and focusing on smaller chunks of work.” This was particularly effective because the whole organization made the change.

Try this theory in your life: As you go through your day, notice the moments when you enter periods of flow. Identify what types of work and environments let this flow flourish. Try to maximize your time spent on these types of activities and in these environments.

As Kurt Vonnegut wrote,

“Many people need desperately to receive this message: I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.”

The product of solitude—namely the humanity that’s put on paper—can inspire, delight, and provide great comfort. And anyone who has created or been moved by art would agree that the challenge and pain of seeking solitude and translating to the page is well worth it.

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Life Hack: Instant Reading Glasses

If you need reading glasses—and if you’re over about 40, you probably do—then the next couple of paragraphs will change your life. You’re about to find out how to read small type, in a pinch, without your glasses.

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Want to know how to make your profile stand out? I may have a few ideas. (I cofounded Tinder in 2012, and I’m now the founder and CEO of a new dating app, Bumble, so I’ve got a few secrets up my sleeve.) Here are five insider tricks to help you get that guy of your dreams.




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U.S. Weighs Response To Sony Hack Blamed On North Korea

By David Brunnstrom

WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) – The United States was considering possible options on Thursday in response to a major cyber attack on Sony Pictures blamed on North Korea, amid calls for tougher sanctions on Pyongyang to cut it off from the global banking system.

U.S. experts say options for the Obama administration could include cyber retaliation and financial sanctions but the effect of any response could be limited given North Korea’s isolation.

Hackers who said they were incensed by a film on the fictional assassination of North Korea’s leader attacked Sony Corp last month, leaking documents that drew global headlines and distributing unreleased films on the Internet. It appeared to be an unprecedented victory for Pyongyang and its abilities to wage cyber warfare.

On Wednesday, Sony cancelled next week’s theatrical release of the $ 44 million raunchy comedy, “The Interview”, citing decisions by several theater chains to hold off showing the film. The hacker group that broke into Sony’s computer systems had threatened attacks on theaters that planned to show it.

U.S. government sources said on Wednesday that U.S. investigators had determined that the attack was “state sponsored” and that North Korea was the government involved.

One U.S. government source said Washington may soon officially announce its conclusion that North Korea was behind the attack.

Political analysts, including Joel Wit of the 38 North Korea project at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, questioned how easy it would be to enforce sanctions and to ensure the support of China, which is North Korea’s biggest economic partner, its neighbor and long-time ally.

The United States has a deep economic relationship with China but is sharply at odds with Beijing over Washington’s allegations of cyber spying by Chinese state units on U.S. concerns.

North Korea has denied it was behind the Sony hacking, but security experts in Washington said it was an open secret Pyongyang was responsible.

On Wednesday, the White House National Security Council said the U.S. government was working to bring the perpetrators to justice, and was considering “a range of options in weighing a potential response.”

The Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Ed Royce, said the United States should impose new penalties on the already heavily sanctioned North Korea that would “wall off” the country from the international banking system.

“We have the option … you freeze the accounts at the banks and you tell the institutions ‘you’re either going to do business with the United States, or you can do business with North Korea’,” Royce told the Hugh Hewitt radio show.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation warned theaters and other businesses associated with “The Interview” on Tuesday that they could be targeted in cyber attacks, according to a copy of the document reviewed by Reuters.

Several U.S. national security officials told Reuters the government had no credible evidence, however, of a physical threat to movie theaters. (Additional reporting by Jim Finkle in Boston and Mark Hosenball and Matt Spetalnick in Washington; Editing by David Storey and Grant McCool)
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