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Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 03/15/2013

The Circuit: North Korea accuses U.S., South Korea of cyber attacks

North Korea accuses U.S., South Korea, of cyber attacks: North Korea has accused the United States and South Korea of conducting cyber attacks on servers in Pyongyang. According to a report from the Associated Press, experts say that it could take months to identify the real culprits and at least one analyst believes the attack could have originated in China.

The attacks come amid heightened tensions over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, the report noted. South Korea denied the allegation to the Associated Press; U.S. officials declined to comment to the news service.

Hulu appoints new CEO: Hulu announced that it has appointed a new chief executive officer to replace CEO Jason Kilar, who announced he would leave the service in January.

Hulu named Andy Forssell, who has been the company’s senior vice president of content, to replace Kilar at the end of March. Forssell, Kilar wrote on a company blog post, will have the title of acting CEO. Final plans will be made, he said, after two of Hulu’s owners — Disney and News Corporation — finalize their plans for the service.

BSA’s Holleyman steps down: BSA-The Software Alliance, a trade group for software makers, announced Friday that its chief executive officer, Robert Holleyman, will be stepping down to start his own cloud-computing company, Cloud4Growth.

Holleyman has led the organization for over 20 years, and has overseen the group as it focused on lobbying issues such as anti-piracy measures and cloud-computing legislation. Last year, the group changed its name from the “Business Software Alliance,” saying that its members influence had extended beyond the business world.

The group has started a search for a new chief executive.

Aaron Swartz awarded library award: Aaron Swartz was posthumously awarded the American Library Association’s 2013 James Madison Award for “his dedication to promoting and protecting public access to research and government information.”

Swartz, who was found dead in his apartment in January of an apparent suicide, was a noted Internet openness activist who was charged with felony computer crimes for downloading articles from the JSTOR academic database.

He is the first to be posthumously given the award, which honors those who have promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know.

Web browsers and Do Not Track: Web browsers are mulling changes that would implement Do Not Track features, which block advertisers from tracking Web users. The proposals are drawing strong criticism from online advertisers, The Washington Post reported, who say these features could undermine online advertising models that keep many Internet services free. Privacy advocates cheer the changes, saying that allowing users to block tracking is clearly in consumers’ best interest.

Reuters journalist indicted for helping Anonymous: A journalist from Reuters, Matthew Keys, has been indicted by the Department of Justice for alleged connections to the hacking collective, Anonymous. Justice said in a release Thursday that Keys had provided hackers with information allowing them to access the computer networks at the Tribune Company. Keys formerly worked as a producer at a Tribune Company television station, the Associated Press reported.

On his public Twitter feed, Keys said that he would continue with “business as usual.” The AP report said that Reuters has suspended him, with pay, following the indictment.

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