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PlayStation Network Returning After Hacking That Also Targeted Xbox Live

According to the New York Times, the Sony Corporation’s PlayStation Network had connection problems for a fourth day since hackers attacked the video game network, and the company said on Sunday that service was gradually being restored.

The hacker activist group known as Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for disrupting both the PlayStation Network and Microsoft Corporation’s Xbox Live on Christmas Day. Service was restored to Xbox Live on Friday.

“We are currently experiencing widespread network issues that are being addressed,” Sony said in a statement on PlayStation’s maintenance website.

Hours earlier, Catherine Jensen, vice president for consumer experience at Sony Computer Entertainment America, said on the PlayStation blog that the network was “back online.”

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Who’s Behind The Internet Outages In North Korea, Anyway?

North Korea blamed the U.S. and called President Obama a “monkey” today when the country’s Internet and mobile network went down for the third time this week. However, it’s still not clear who’s behind the Internet outages.

“Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest,” said the National Defence Commission, North Korea’s ruling body, as reported in Reuters.

Whether North Korea’s Internet was just down or the result of a cyber attack isn’t apparent at the moment. What is clear is that the U.S. government doesn’t want to talk about it. The White House hasn’t commented on the matter and a spokesperson from the State Departmenttold the press in a conference on Tuesday that it would also not be commenting on those reports “in any way.”

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President Obama is urging Xi Jinping to stop cyberattacks to steal trade secrets and allow foreign companies to compete equally.
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President Obama is Urging China to Stop Cyberattacks to Steal Trade Secrets and Allow Foreign Companies to Compete Equally

China must create “a playing field where competition policy promotes the welfare of consumers and doesn’t benefit just one set of companies over another,” Obama said during remarks Monday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.

“We look to China to become an innovative economy that values the protection of intellectual property rights, and rejects cyber theft of trade secrets for commercial gain,” he added.

The two countries have clashed repeatedly over cyberattacks this past year.

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