Members of the Illinois congressional delegation from both parties say the hacking of Sony Pictures should be a wake-up call to the country on the importance of cyber-security. The hack was carried out by a group that may have ties to North Korea, and was possibly motivated by a comedy called The Interview, which is about assassinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
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Sony has canceled its release thanks to the hackers’ threats, and U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) considers that a threat to free speech. He’s promising to show the movie at one of his fundraisers. “To show the North Koreans that you cannot edit the American people about what they see and do in a public space under the First Amendment,” Kirk said. U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Western Springs), who has sponsored cyber-security legislation in the past, says this illustrates the need for protection from hackers. “There’s much more that goes on that has not been talked about publicly in terms of hacking American companies,” Lipinski said.
Lipinski says future attacks by hackers could target bank information or public utilities.
As for this attack, the North Korean government has denied any involvement, while still praising the hackers.