Hijacking someone’s Twitter account and putting up stupid pictures or political statements might reasonably be called cyber-vandalism, and a criminal one at that.
But the Sony hack allegedly by North Korea which led to terrorist threats against movie theaters and a national self-censorhip?
Is that really all it was, “cyber-vandalism”?
According to Obama, yes, Obama: North Korea hack ‘cyber-vandalism,’ not ‘act of war’:
President Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he does not think a recent North Korean cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment was “an act of war.”
“No, I don’t think it was an act of war,” Obama said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I think it was an act of cyber-vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately.”
He added, “We’re going to be in an environment in this new world where so much is digitalized that both state and non-state actors are going to have the capacity to disrupt our lives in all sorts of ways. We have to do a much better job of guarding against that.”
I think it’s somewhere between cyber-vandalism and an Act of War.
It may not be time to start bombing, but it’s also should not be downgraded to mere cyber-vandalism, any more than Nidal Hassan only committed “workplace violence.”DONATE
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