Friday, December 26, 2014

First Drip (12/26/2014): Cyber attacks on Christmas, more

Posted By on Fri, Dec 26, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Here's your head's up that several Uptown Charlotte roads will be closed starting Monday at 9 a.m. due to Tuesdsay night's Belk Bowl being held at Bank of America Stadium. Portions of South Mint, Graham and Stonewall Streets will be closed. The Belk Bowl features college football's Georgia Bulldogs and Louisville Cardinals.

N.C. attorney general Roy Cooper plans to petition the U.S. Supreme Court about this week's 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on the state's ultrasound rule. The 2011 rule requires abortion providers to show and describe ultrasounds to women who are terminating their pregnancies. While Cooper says he doesn't personally support the rule, he is seeking clarification as the courts have upheld laws in Texas and struck them down in Oklahoma.

Playstation Network and XBox Live are still offline after cyber attacks on Christmas Day. A group called Lizard Squad, which previously took credit for an August cyber attack on the Playstation Network, is claiming responsibility. On Friday morning, XBox Live was offering "limited" service while Playstation Network is giving no estimate for when service will be back up.

The Interview finally opened in movie theaters on Christmas Day, raking in roughly $1 million. The Seth Rogen and James Franco film about a planned assassination of North Korea leader Kim Jung Un was originally pulled from theaters after threats from cyber-attackers. The movie remains in theaters and was also made available via YouTube, Google Play and XBox.

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