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North Korea Refuses to Deny Sony Pictures Cyber Attack (BBC News)
Sony is investigating after its computers were attacked and unreleased films were made available on the Internet. When asked if it was involved in the attack, a spokesman for the North Korean government replied: “Wait and see.” THR Asked about the cyber attack, a spokesman for North Korea’s U.N. mission told BBC News, “The hostile forces are relating everything to the DPRK [North Korea]. I kindly advise you to just wait and see.” The FBI said on Tuesday that it is currently part of the investigation into the cyber attack. Variety Among other scenarios, Sony Pictures is looking into the possibility that hackers with ties to North Korea were responsible. That is presumed to be retaliation for the studio’s scheduled Dec. 25 release of The Interview, a geopolitical spoof starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, in which the duo are approached by the CIA about assassinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. An unofficial North Korean spokesman decried the film earlier this summer. Mashable A group calling itself GOP (Guardian of Peace) hacked into Sony Pictures Entertainment’s website last week, taking down nearly all of its internal systems with it. Nearly a week later, the fruits of the raid are beginning to trickle out into the public. More than 27GB of documents that appear to be from internal Sony Pictures Entertainment file servers have already been leaked. NYT The documents contained the pre-bonus annual salaries of senior executives, 17 of whom are shown earning more than $1 million a year. The breach exposed two things the secretive movie industry loathes the most — the piracy of films and details about executive compensation — and sent a ripple of dread across Hollywood. On Pastebin, hackers released what they said were “tens of terabytes” of internal Sony data. The post — titled “Gift of G.O.P.” — included links to various data archives which appeared to contain Sony employees’ passwords, Social Security numbers, salaries and performance reviews. The studio has offered to enroll employees in a fraud protection program.  Executives at the entertainment company said they were also making progress in fighting the apparently related Internet pirating of five complete films, including the unreleased Annie.

ABC News Expands Online Video With Launch of GoStream (TVNewser)
A day after launching a daily Facebook newscast called “Facecast,” ABC News president James Goldston announced a new initiative: GoStream. If you have the ABC News App, then you’ve already seen the multiple “alerts” about GoStream. Variety The Walt Disney unit, which has digital-distribution alliances with Yahoo! and Apple TV, said it would launch GoStream to allow ABC News correspondents to record and upload footage from events as they happen, letting followers track news live as it unfolds. The ABC News staffers will be able to record and transmit the footage using an app on their mobile devices. Mashable Viewers will be able to choose from any number of feeds during major events, which will not air with a delay. The program could be broadened to include civilians that live stream as well. Live streaming has been embraced as a platform to give first-person accounts of major events. The recent Ferguson protests featured a variety of live streams, like that of citizen journalist Bassem Masri. Vice News has also used live streaming to provide unfiltered looks from the scenes unfolding on the ground in conflict areas. ABC News ABC News will be hiring one digital journalist dedicated to this endeavor, whose job will be to manage, strategize and produce this new content, and respond to breaking and ongoing news domestically and internationally.