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'Significant arrest' following PlayStation and Xbox hacks

Police said they had made a "significant arrest" today following the 2014 cyber attacks on Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox systems.

An 18 year-old-man was arrested on suspicion of unauthorised access to computer material and officers from the National Cyber Crime Unit seized electronic and digital devices from the teenager's Boundary Street home in Southport.

Deputy Chief Constable Peter Goodman, national policing lead for cyber security, said: "This arrest demonstrates that we will pursue those who commit crime with the false perception they are protected within their own homes or hiding behind anonymous online personas."

Teen arrested following PlayStation and Xbox cyber attacks

An 18-year-old man has been arrested following the cyber attacks on Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox systems last year.

The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit said the teenager was arrested in Merseyside in a joint British and FBI-led operation.

The teenager is being held in Southport, Merseyside, on suspicion of unauthorised access to computer material.

North Korea: US sanctions 'hostile' and 'repressive'

US President Barack Obama issued expanded sanctions against North Korea. Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

North Korea said fresh US sanctions issued by President Barack Obama are 'hostile and repressive' policies by Washington.

President Obama issued an executive order authorising expanded sanctions against North Korea in the wake of the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which Washington blamed on Pyongyang.

In a statement from North Korea's foreign ministry on the state-run KCNA news agency the Communist country said: "The policy persistently pursued by the US to stifle North Korea, groundlessly stirring up bad blood towards it, would only harden its will and resolution to defend the sovereignty of the country."

It added: "The persistent and unilateral action taken by the White House to slap 'sanctions' against North Korea patently proves that it is still not away from inveterate repugnancy and hostility toward the country."


US imposes new sanctions on North Korea over hacking

The United States has imposed new sanctions on North Korea in its first response to the cyber attack on Sony Pictures.

President Obama has authorised new sanctions against North Korea. Credit: Reuters

The sanctions, authorised by President Obama, targets three North Korean organisations as well as 10 individuals.

The FBI has blamed North Korea for the attack which leaked confidential data from Sony computers - an allegation Pyongyang has strongly denied.

"The order is not targeted at the people of North Korea, but rather is aimed at the government of North Korea and its activities that threaten the United States and others," President Obama wrote in a letter to House of Representatives and Senate leaders.

US sanctions against North Korea are already in place over the country's nuclear programme.

N Korea calls Obama 'monkey' amid hacking row

Kim Jong Un in a picture released by North Korea on Christmas Eve. Credit: Reuters/KCNA

North Korea has issued a statement condemning the United States after the release of "dishonest and reactionary" film The Interview.

In a message reported by the country's state news agency KCNA, Barack Obama's administration was accused of "zealous prodding" and warned of a "miserable fate to be faced by it in the future".

The statement from a spokesperson for the National Defence Commission went on to compare Obama to a "monkey in a tropical forest" and blamed the US for the North Korean internet outage last week, accusing its rival of "not knowing shame like children playing a tag".

With no rhetoric can the U.S. justify the screening and distribution of the movie. This is because "The Interview" is an illegal, dishonest and reactionary movie quite contrary to the UN Charter, which regards respect for sovereignty, non-interference in internal affairs and protection of human rights as a legal keynote, and international laws.

– North Korea National Defence Commission spokesman

The Interview grosses over $1 million on Christmas Day

The stars of The Interview, James Franco and Seth Rogen. Credit: Reuters

Sony's comedy film The Interview grossed over $1 million on Christmas Day after the company decided to partially release it in US cinemas.

The distributor initially withdrew the film from cinemas last week after a cyber-attack that the FBI has blamed on North Korea - the nation whose leader is assassinated in the spoof film.

US cinemas screen The Interview movie

The Interview, the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in more than 300 cinemas across the United States on Christmas Day.

It drew sell-out audiences in many movie theatres, where punters said they were championing freedom of expression.

Seth Rogen, who co-stars in the low-budget comedy with James Franco, and co-director Evan Goldberg surprised moviegoers by appearing at a screening in Los Angeles.

ITV News' Rebecca Barry reports.

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