privacy
South Korea’s Rampant Spy-Cam Porn Problem Prompts Crackdown at Transportation Hubs

After tens of thousands of women took to the streets this weekend, South Korea’s government announced a new plan to crack down on hidden cameras used to record people without their consent. Read More >>

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North Korea Plans to Adjust Time Zone After Spending Two Years 30 Minutes Behind South Korea

North Korea has been 30 minutes behind South Korea ever since Kim Jong Un created “Pyongyang Time” in 2015. But starting 5th May, North Korea will adjust its clocks to sync with South Korea in yet another step toward normalised relations, according to state news agency KCNA and Reuters. Read More >>

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South Korea Stops Blaring High-Decibel K-Pop Propaganda at North Korea Border

The southern border of North Korea just got way less cheerful—or obnoxious. That’s because the South Korea military has turned off its dozens of giant speakers aimed at the totalitarian state. Until this morning, the speakers had been blasting K-pop and uplifting news that is censored in North Korea. Read More >>

robots
Winner of DARPA Robot Competition Partners with Weapons Company, AI Researchers Call For Boycott

Top researchers in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) have called for a boycott of the South Korean university KAIST after it opened a lab with the defence firm Hanwha Systems. Even if you’re not familiar with KAIST, you might know some of the school’s robots. The university won the top prize at the last DARPA Robotics Challenge in 2015 with its highly advanced DRC-HUBO robot. Read More >>

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South Korea Establishes Official Time to Log Off That Sadly Just Applies to Government Workers

Over the course of the next three months, South Korea will shut down government computers progressively earlier on Friday nights. Read More >>

security
IT Firm Supporting Pyeongchang Olympics Reportedly Hacked Months Ago

The IT company supporting the Winter Olympics apparently never had a chance. According to CyberScoop, it was hacked well before the Pyeongchang games ever began. Read More >>

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South Korean Prosecutors are Investigating Apple Over the iPhone Throttling Controversy

Prosecutors in South Korea’s capital of Seoul said on Friday that they plan to investigate allegations tech giant Apple deliberately slowed down older models of iPhone to push customers towards purchasing pricier newer versions, the Korea Herald reported. Read More >>

music
Children’s Band Class Is Way Better With Vocoders, Drum Machines, and Daft Punk

When I was a kid, the only reason I took band class in school was to avoid spending two hours in study hall every week. My motivations would have been completely different, however, were I raised in South Korea where fourth graders get to perform Daft Punk tracks instead of Sousa’s greatest hits. Read More >>

cryptocurrency
North Korea Is Main Suspect in Ruinous Hack of South Korean Bitcoin Exchange

World War III is going to be dumb. It only seems fitting that Bitcoin could get thrown into the mix of dumb reasons why it might get started. When South Korean cryptocurrency exchange YouBit was looted by hackers this week it seemed to be inevitable that North Korea would be at fault, and investigators believe that’s exactly what happened. Read More >>

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Cryptocurrency Speculators Watch Nervously as South Korea Bans ICOs 

The cryptocurrency market is having another rocky morning as South Korean authorities announced a ban on initial coin offerings (ICOs). While countries like the US and the UK have warned investors to exercise caution before becoming involved with such projects, China has completely banned the fundraising method, and Taiwan could be next. Read More >>

military
Report: South Korea May Ask US to Re-Deploy its Nuclear Weapons

Tensions on the Korean peninsula between North Korea and virtually every other country in the region continue to escalate in the wake of its possible detonation of a hydrogen bomb this weekend. Now the situation seems poised to escalate even further, with South Korean Defence Minister Song Young-moo investigating the possibility of having the US plant its nukes back on the demilitarised zone’s doorstep. Read More >>

robots
South Korea has Introduced the World’s First ‘Robot Tax’

Amidst fears that mass automation could lead to serious unemployment problems, South Korea has just introduced what is being referred to as the world's first 'robot tax'. Read More >>

hacking
South Korean Company Agrees to Pay Hackers $1 Million Bitcoin Ransom to Unlock Its Files

A South Korean web hosting company will reportedly shell out about a million dollars (~£793,900) to resolve a ransomware crisis at its data centre, the highest such payout publicly known to date. Read More >>

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North Korea Just Had Its Most Successful Missile Launch Yet

President Trump has rotated between saying that a “major, major” conflict with North Korea is possible and that he “would be honoured” to meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. On Sunday, North Korea did what it usually does when it’s unsure of what’s going on and tested another missile. The launch went pretty well. Read More >>

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North Korea Thinks the CIA Hired a ‘Lumberjack’ to Assassinate Kim Jong Un With Nano Weapons

The North Korean government is famous for coming up with some peculiar theories. But have you heard the one about how the CIA and South Korea’s intelligence agency paid a “lumberjack” $20,000 to kill Kim Jong Un and his cronies with “radioactive” and “nano poisonous” substances? It’s a doozy. Read More >>