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December 20, 2014, 1:30 PM

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BBC:
North Korea denies Sony hack, proposes joint inquiry with US, warns of “grave consequences” if Washington refuses  —  North Korea seeks join probe with US on Sony hack  —  North Korea has offered to hold a joint inquiry with the United States into a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures …
Mike Lennon / SecurityWeek:
Hackers Used Sophisticated SMB Worm Tool to Attack Sony  —  Sony Hackers Used Server Message Block (SMB) Worm Tool  —  Just hours after the FBI and President Obama called out North Korea as being responsible for the destructive cyber attack against Sony Pictures, US-CERT issued an alert decribing …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Chrome Security Team Considers Marking All HTTP Pages As ‘Non-Secure’  —  Back in August, we noted that Google had started adjusting its search algorithm to give a slight boost to sites that are encrypted.  That is, all else equal, sites that use HTTPS will get a slight ranking boost.
Dave Smith / Business Insider:
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi closing funding round topping $1B led by All-Stars Investment, valuing the company at $45B  —  The ‘Apple Of China’ Raises Over $1 Billion, Valuation Skyrockets To More Than $45 Billion  —  Xiaomi has reportedly raised more than $1 billion in its latest round of funding …
Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
BlackBerry building BlackBerry Enterprise Service into Boeing Black device, an Android phone which will self-destruct when tampered with  —  BlackBerry works with Boeing on phone that self-destructs  —  (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd is working with Boeing Co on Boeing's high-security Android-based smartphone …
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Rachel King / ZDNet:
Cisco elevates patent battle against Arista with ITC complaint  —  Summary:Cisco's lawsuit concerns 12 features covered by 14 patents - all of which are embedded within current products.  —  The brewing legal war between Cisco and Arista gained momentum amid a battle of the blog posts on Friday.

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