Blackburn: Sony Hack Demonstrates Cybersecurity ‘Nightmare’

'Studio Should Have Stood its Ground on Film Release'

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), vice chair of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, says the Sony hack shows why Congress needs to crack down on cyber attacks. She also took aim at Sony for pulling the plug on The Interview, the buddy comedy about assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jon-Un, which is believed to have spurred the hack and threats against theatergoers.

“Sony should have stood its ground and not surrendered to online terrorists," she said in a statement, an apparent reference to Sony's decision to stop the Christmas Day release of the film. "Their failure to prepare for this threat has effectively allowed them to be held hostage by North Korea."

She said she has been warning about just such an attack, which is why she introduced the SECURE IT bill that did not make it into law. Blackburn introduced the bill back in April 2013, but even that was the reintroduction of a bill from the previous Congress. The bill would "allow the government and the private sector to address cyber threat information in a more transparent fashion; reform how our government manages its own information systems; create new deterrents for cyber criminals; prioritize research and development for cybersecurity initiatives; and streamline consumers' ability to be notified when they are at risk of identity theft or financial harm."

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