President Obama Says Sony Hack is an "Act of Cyber Vandalism" — And No, We're Not Going to War
We already know what the President thinks about Sony pulling The Interview from theaters. In a press conference Friday, Obama said Sony's decision was "a mistake," and he wished the company spoke to him before giving in to terrorist-like threats. While the FBA found the hack came from North Korea, North Korea claims its innocence and says they weren't involved. Although the details are still uncertain, Obama further commented on the Sony hacks in an interview on Sunday with CNN's Candy Crowley. The President said:
Instead of classifying this as an act of war by North Koreea, Obama says it's "cyber vandalism." He continued by explaining, the act "was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionally." He also drew a connection to the Boston Marathon and how despite the horrific bombing in 2013, the marathon carried on successfully the following year.
Through this comparison, the President raises a valid point. Everyday events shouldn't be halted because of alleged online threats. The government does take such situations seriously, but censoring the media isn't necessarily the right way to handle them.
As for the other side, Sony CEO Michael Lynton commented on the situation in a CNN interview on Friday, saying,
In fact, Sony hopes the public will get to see the movie in some capacity someday. Although there are no plans yet, I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens to The Interview. In the meantime, I doubt this story is going anywhere.
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