In the light of the recent events of cyber attack on Sony Entertainment, US President Barack Obama held a press conference earlier today. He made it clear that there will be a solid response for the crime committed by the North Korean hacker group.
He was sympathetic for Sony Media but was also sad that Sony never asked him for help. He added that he wished “they’d spoken to me first,” so he could tell them not to set a bad precedent by caving into hackers’ threats. He explained that this could eventually lead to self-censorship if the media did not want to offend “somebody whose sensibilities probably need to be offended.”
He also admitted that even though Sony was under massive pressure, they made a mistake by cancelling the release of The Interview.
Sony’s a corporation. It suffered significant damage, there were threats against its employees. I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that, yes, they made a mistake.
In an exclusive interview with the CNN, Sony Entertainment’s CEO Michael Lynton denied the fact that Sony gave in to the wishes of the hackers. He said that it was the theaters that refused to show the movie.
I don’t know exactly whether he understands the sequence of events that led up to the movie not being shown in the movie theaters. Therefore I would disagree with the notion that it was a mistake.
The President added that the country will repsond to the attack as and when it deems fit “at a place and time and manner that we choose“. There have been no reports to as if the army had been ordered anything againts the North Korea who have been pegged as the mastermind behinf the act.