Giving into terrorist demands is bad precedent




 

 

If you listen to the experts, cyber-terrorism is the future of warfare. Enemies hacking our governmental and industrial computer systems, stealing data, sabotaging our infrastructure and collapsing our economy is how we will someday fight wars.

So the recent hacking attack on Sony Pictures by what is believed to be the North Korean government is essentially the first major salvo in this dark new future of war — and by my count, we just got handed our backsides.

Sony Pictures not only stood by and let hackers steal all of their secrets, an attack provoked by the pending release of the Seth Rogan and James Franco comedy “The Interview”, but then they bowed down to the hackers demands and cancelled the release of the movie.

Why does North Korea hate this silly, insignificant comedy so badly? Because it depicts two journalists involved in a CIA plot to assassinate their leader, Kim Jung Un.

Seriously, it’s just a movie. Lighten up. Nobody in your repressed Third World Country, where few even have TVs, let alone a cinema (or even electricity), where they could watch this movie, is going to be inspired to kill the “great” Kim Jung Un.

Heck, North Korea is so backwards they had to outsource the computer hacking scheme against Sony to some computer terrorists. I doubt they have much more than a 14.4 modem and a free copy of AOL to attempt Internet access in their own country.

So what was Sony’s response to this outrageous attack on their top secrets? They did nothing and then when the hacker terrorists issued a threat to attack movie theaters showing “The Interview” Sony cancelled the release of the movie. In essence, the U.S. was attacked, our freedom of speech was threatened and Sony backed down. We, as a nation, turned the other cheek and caved in to terrorism. They won. They got what they wanted and now they’ll do it again and again until they bring us to our knees.

Sony may be a Japanese conglomerate, but they sell their products here in the U.S., they are a huge player in Hollywood with film, TV and music, and they create electronic devices like the PlayStation, cellphones and so forth.

That makes them a part of our country, our economy, which in my opinion means they need to play by our rules. We don’t negotiate or give-in to terrorist demands.

Furthermore, the media outlets who gladly shared the hacked Sony information with the world should be considered guilty of aiding and abetting terrorism. They are as guilty of stealing and disseminating corporate secrets stolen by North Korea and its cyberhackers.

The failure of Sony over this entire affair should be looked at as a learning curve where cyber-terrorism is concerned. It’s an example of “what not to do” in the event a foreign interest – or criminal element – steals your secrets and threatens to expose them. First, keep your secrets safe and secure, second, don’t let the bad guys extort your cooperation. Once you give them what they want, they will do again thinking they have you over a barrel.

Don’t let the enemy take away our rights – good men and women died protecting those freedoms, so don’t just surrender them without a fight. ggould@mihomepaper.com


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