Man chops off mother’s head because of her ‘nagging’

A 23 year old man in Florida, identified as Christian Jose Gomez, was arrested on New Year’s Eve for decapitating his mother with an axe. He is schizophrenic.

Gomez has been charged with first degree murder of his mother, Maria Suarez-Cassagne, who was 48.

Gomez allegedly told investigators he planned to chop his mother’s head off for two days because she was “nagging” him about storing boxes in their attic.

He killed her in the family’s garage, then dumped her head in a garbage can. It was his older brother that found their mother’s body.

South Korea activist to launch 100,000 copies of ‘The Interview’ into North Korea

A South Korean activist said Thursday he plans to launch a series of balloons across the border into North Korea carrying copies of a film which has enraged its leadership.

Former defector Park Sang-Hak said the balloons would carry a total of 100,000 copies on DVDs and USB memory sticks of “The Interview”, a comedy about a fictional plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

The giant balloons, which are used by private groups in the South to float anti-regime material across the heavily guarded border, will also carry bundles of leaflets.

“Probably the first launch will be made in late January if weather conditions allow,” Park said, adding the exact date would be decided when his partners from the US-based non-profit Human Rights Foundation visit Seoul around January 20.

He said the foundation had financed the production of the DVDs and USB memory sticks.

‘The Interview’ Rakes in $15M in Downloads

Seth Rogen and James Franco’s R-rated comedy The Interview has generated $15 million in online sales since being made available Dec. 24, according to the figure released Sunday afternoon by Sony.

The movie has been rented or purchased over 2 million times, already making it the studio’s biggest online film of all time.

Online consumers had access to The Interview via YouTube, Google Play and Xbox one day before hitting select theaters on Christmas Day. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the majority of the film’s online sales came from Google Play and YouTube.

In regards to its theatrical run, the controversial film grossed an estimated $2.8 million from 331 independent cinemas over the four-day weekend.

Originally, The Interview was supposed to open nationwide on Dec. 25. But those plans were scrubbed by Sony when the group reportedly behind the unprecedented hacking of the studio threatened to wage a physical attack on theaters showing the film, which stars Rogen and Franco as two journalists asked by the CIA to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (the FBI has linked the hackers to North Korea).

North Korea denies hacking Sony

North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were “groundless slander,” and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.

An unnamed spokesman of North Korea’s foreign ministry said there would be serious consequences if Washington refused to agree to the probe and continued to accuse Pyongyang, according to the North Korean U.N. mission and its official KCNA news agency.

The United States stands by its assertion that North Korea was to blame, a White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman said on Saturday, in response to the remarks.

On Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama blamed North Korea for the devastating cyberattack, which had led to the Hollywood studio cancelling the imminent release of “The Interview,” a comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

An angry Obama warns North Korea over Sony movie hack

US President Barack Obama on Friday warned North Korea it would face retaliation for a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures over an irreverent film comedy that infuriated Pyongyang.

Obama said the movie giant had “made a mistake” in canceling the Christmas Day release of “The Interview,” a madcap romp about a CIA plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

Sony defended its decision, made after anonymous hackers invoked the 9/11 attacks in threatening cinemas screening the film, prompting theater chains to say they would not risk showing it.

An envoy for Pyongyang denied the secretive state was behind the hacking, which led to the release of a trove of embarrassing emails, scripts and other internal communications, including information about salaries and employee health records.

Addressing reporters after the FBI said Pyongyang was to blame, Obama said Washington would never bow to “some dictator.”

“We can confirm that North Korea engaged in this attack,” Obama said.

“We will respond. We will respond proportionately and we’ll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose.

 

Experts reveal gadgets can be infiltrated to read messages sent to your wrist

They are touted as the next bit thing in technology – smartwatches that can keep you up to date right from your wrist.However, experts have warned they could also be the next big target for hackers.

A video reveals just how easy it is to read messages sent to a smartwatch running Google’s Android software. ‘Smartwatches, bands and devices all have a lack of security.

‘We trust these devices with everything from messages and Facebook updates to biometric information,’ said Liviu Arsene of Bitdefender, which uncovered the issue.

‘Everything from SMS messages to Facebook or Google Hangouts chats are constantly being forwarded to your smartwatch.’

He found that Google’s Android Wear software relies on a six digit pin code to link to watches.

‘This six digit pin code can be easily bruteforced,’ he said.

‘It was not all that that difficult to do.’ ‘Because the Android Wear obfuscation relies on a pin code of only six digits during the initial pairing, an attacker wouldn’t take long to brute-force number and start reading your conversations in plain-text,’ he wrote.

‘Of course, this means an attacker would have to be fairly near the victim and log all intercepted Bluetooth data packets, but the large-scale adoption of such an exploit could be fueled by the increasing number of smartwatches or smartbands.