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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks through a pair of binoculars as he guides the multiple-rocket launching drill of women's sub-units under KPA Unit 851, in Pyongyang in this undated photo released on Dec. 30, 2014.  KCNA/Reuters

U.S. Cracked North Korea's Computer Systems

Jan 19, 2015

Comments by top U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama, that blamed North Korea for the Sony Pictures cyberattack were apparently rooted in a top-secret penetration of North Korea's computer systems by the National Security Agency, according to The New York Times — a report independently confirmed by NBC News.

The Times reported that the penetration occurred before the hack of Sony, but U.S. intelligence officials would not discuss the report Sunday or confirm its details. But the Times report says the evidence gleaned from the U.S. penetration of North Korean government hackers' activities persuaded Obama and other top officials that North Korea was behind the attack...

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PHOTOS: This is how North Korea's government wants you to see Kim Jong Un

KCNA picture shows North Korean leader Kim and his wife Ri during a visit to Unit 1017 of KPA Air and Anti-Air Force
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (3rd L) and his wife Ri Sol-ju (2nd L) look on during a visit to Unit 1017 of the Korean People's Army (KPA) Air and Anti-Air Force, honoured with the title of O Jung Hup-led 7th Regiment, in this undated picture released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 21, 2013.KCNA—REUTERS
KCNA picture shows North Korean leader Kim and his wife Ri during a visit to Unit 1017 of KPA Air and Anti-Air Force
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits Mangyongdae Revolutionary School
KCNA handout shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looking through a pair of binoculars during inspection of Hwa Islet Defence Detachment off east coast of Korean peninsula
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smokes a cigarette as he gives guidance on the development of Ssuk Islet
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a construction site of a resort for scientists
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un sits in a wooden boat with other soldiers as he visits military units on islands in the most southwest of Pyongyang
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the newly built ski resort in the Masik Pass region
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (3rd L) and his wife Ri Sol-ju (2nd L) look on during a visit to Unit 1017 of the Korean
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