Update, 7 February 2016: North Korea declares that at 9 a.m. local time it launched an “earth observation satellite” into orbit. The launch was followed by condemnation by Japan, South Korea, and the United States, who doubt the peaceful intentions of such a test. Jim Oberg’s own doubts stem from his on-the-ground observations of the North Korean space program in 2012. North Korea has told the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization that it plans to launch a new space rocket this month, its first in more than three years. The stated aim of the launch is to deliver an Earth-observation satellite into orbit. But the plan, which comes hot on the heels of the country’s nuclear test last month, has drawn criticism and concern from a number of countries, who point out that this same technology can be used to produce a ballistic missile with a range of thousands of miles. There is very good reason to suspect that the peaceful objective … [Read more...] about What’s Behind North Korea’s Space Launch? A View From the Inside
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Examine a night composite satellite image of the Earth. The areas that are well lit are, for the most part, regions of wealth and well-being. Darkness represents wilderness or poverty. A very small feature is particularly interesting. South Korea shines brightly while North Korea is dark; the demilitarized zone is the clear boundary. With the Berlin Wall gone, this border is now the most vivid illustration of the difference between communism and capitalism. Yet North Korea can, any time it so desires, make a light brighter than a thousand suns. At least that is the opinion of Florida Senator Bob Graham, chair of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee. “North Korea has at least two nuclear weapons,” he stated bluntly on Meet the Press recently. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is more cautious. In August 2001 he said that North Korea has the nuclear material to have between two and five nuclear weapons, but he did not claim that any had been built.The contrast between … [Read more...] about North Korea-the Next Iraq?
IC Insights recently released its new Global Wafer Capacity 2016-2020 report that provides in-depth detail, analyses, and forecasts for IC industry capacity by wafer size, by process geometry, by region, and by product type through 2020. Figure 1 breaks down the world’s installed monthly wafer production capacity by geographic region (or country) as of December 2015. Each regional number is the total installed monthly capacity of fabs located in that region regardless of the headquarters location for the companies that own the fabs. For example, the wafer capacity that South Korea-based Samsung has installed in the U.S. is counted in the North America capacity total, not in the South Korea capacity total. The ROW region consists primarily of Singapore, Israel, and Malaysia, but also includes countries/regions such as Russia, Belarus, Australia, and South America.Some highlights of regional IC capacity by wafer size are shown below.As of Dec-2015, … [Read more...] about Taiwan passes South Korea to become #1 in total IC wafer fab capacity
How do you combat a history of tyrannical repression, human rights violations, and an economy so crippled by socialism that millions of people have died of starvation? Create a Facebook group!It turns out social media strategies aren’t just for big corporations and trendy startups after all. Despite its own policy of banning Internet use for the majority of its population, North Korea has set about attempting to repair its tarnished reputation in the West with a Facebook profile under the name “uriminzokkiri.”Appropriately enough for a country sometimes referred to as the world’s most isolated, the name translates to “on our own as a nation.” According to the Facebook page, North Korea is male, interested in other males (but only for networking purposes!) and has 65 friends. The Facebook page is only the latest in North Korea’s foray into social media, which began last week with a Twitter account, followed by a YouTube page under the same … [Read more...] about Socialism Gets Social as North Korea Joins Facebook
Following a strong launch in several regions around the world including Western Europe and North America, the Xbox One is preparing to continue its global march later this year. Microsoft confirmed that this September the Xbox One will launch in 26 more regions, including Japan, parts of Europe, and Israel.The regions being targeted are: • Argentina • Belgium • Chile • Colombia • Czech Republic • Denmark • Finland • Greece • Hungary • India • Israel • Japan • Korea • Netherlands • Norway • Poland • Portugal • Russia • Saudi Arabia • Singapore • Slovakia • South Africa • Sweden • Switzerland • Turkey • UAEThe Xbox One currently holds the record for the most successful Xbox launch to date, and this second wave of launches should only help with that. The latest sales figures were released in January and showed … [Read more...] about Xbox One coming to Japan and 25 other territories in September 2014
Over the last couple days, a total of 26 sites in South Korea and the United States—including the White House—have been targeted by a denial-of-service attack designed to prevent users from accessing the sites, at times effectively taking the sites offline. Now South Korea’s National Intelligence Service has said the attacks are the work of an organization or state—quite possibly North Korea. What makes the attacks unusual is that they’ve been effective for a comparatively long period of time, and, while South Korea is known for being one of the world’s most-wired nations, North Korea’s impoverished state isn’t generally considered a hotbed of cyber-warfare expertise. Now, however, South Korean intelligence apparently believes North Korea has been ramping up its online attack capability. The denial of service attacks come immediately after North Korea fired seven ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan on July 4, rapidly … [Read more...] about North Korea Behind Attack on South Korea, U.S. Sites?
North Korea’s successful launch of a weather satellite on Wednesday has sparked new concerns that the threat posed by the country is greater than previously believed. Many of also discussed whether the launch marks a breach of United Nations sanctions imposed upon the state to prevent its development of nuclear and missile-based technologies.A rocket was successfully launched Wednesday at 1 a.m. GMT, with North Korean news sources reporting that the launch was intended to put a new weather satellite into orbit (It reportedly succeeded in that aim). “The second version of satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 successfully lifted off from the Sohae Space Center by carrier rocket Unha-3 on Wednesday,” the Korean Central News Agency, the state’s official mouthpiece, told viewers, adding that “the satellite entered its preset orbit.” The Unha-3 rocket is estimated to have a range of approximately 10,000 kilometers, or roughly 6,213 miles – … [Read more...] about North Korea successfully launches rocket with enough range to reach Los Angeles
FBI Director James Comey has "very high confidence" that North Korea was behind last November's cyberattack on Sony, he said at a cybersecurity forum held last week at Fordham University. The attack resulted in large amounts of intellectual property, confidential communications and employee data being posted on the Internet for public view.New evidence of the link includes documentation of the hackers' failure to cover their tracks with proxy servers on several occasions, Comey said.Most of the time, the hackers, who called themselves the "Guardians of Peace," obfuscated the paths of their communications, the director explained, but several times they got "sloppy" and exposed their home IP addresses -- all used exclusively by North Koreans.Comey's remarks bolstered the Obama administration's decision to impose sanctions on North Korea, but some critics have expressed reservations over the FBI's conclusions."I know a number of people who are concerned that we don't have definitive proof … [Read more...] about The Convoluted Trail Linking North Korea to Sony
Researchers at Japan's University of Tsukuba grad school have launched a virtual private network that could allow Chinese netizens to get around the country's zealous Internet police.The VPN is free and utilizes volunteers who have different Internet service providers around the world. As of early Tuesday morning, there were 87 public VPN servers being offered.Part of the Tsukuba platform's strength is that it supports SSL-VPN (SoftEther VPN) protocol, L2TP/IPsec, Open VPN and Microsoft SSTP protocol. Translated into English, that means the service offers Chinese Web users better options than OpenVPN, a type of VPN that China has more or less shut down.Another strength: The service is free. The cost of such systems, up to US$100 a year, can be steep for Chinese citizens.Tsukuba implores people in Internet-blocking countries to disseminate the access information in blogs, message boards and anywhere else people might see it.Chinese perceptions of Japan are, for historical reasons, not … [Read more...] about TECH TREK Japan Offers Springboard Over Great Firewall
In an effort to target Microsoft and the operating system industry, Japan has proposed an Asian open-source operating system. Initially, the country was a major player in the PC market, but leading light NEC crumbled under its attempt to digest Packard Bell, a U.S. company, and Japan lost any chance of holding -- let alone gaining -- a significant market position outside of Asia.Sony, Fujitsu, Hitachi and Matsushita Electric have made runs at the software market, but outside of Asia they have had little success; indeed, in software, Japan is almost insignificant internationally. You might recall that Hitachi and Fujitsu, both Japanese companies, in the past attempted to shift the overall computing business to Japan and repeat the success they had achieved in the consumer electronics market.Hitachi and Fujitsu failed in this endeavor largely because the technology and channel gap was simply too wide to close. While their attempt, which included efforts to acquire IBM's intellectual … [Read more...] about OPINION Japan Strikes Against Microsoft with Open Source