White House : Sony Hack is now a matter of national security

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The Sony hack has led the White House to release a statement regarding the serious nature of the incident and is now weighing a response.

Following the revelation that the FBI considered the attack to be from North Korea, officials have stepped up their focus now that other companies could also be at risk of similar industrial scale sabotage.

The White House said that the cyber attack on Sony was now a matter of national security with Press Secretary Josh Earnest revealing that the President had met with the National Security Council and that a “proportionate response” was being considered.

So far, the White House hasn’t directly blamed North Korea for attack on Sony Corporation, but the seriousness of the development was evident in Earnest’s composure.

A Federal investigation is continuing but the fallout from the hack is evident with millions of dollars in losses for Sony, along with a nationwide ban on the film’s release. Other film studios have ramped up security and many more companies are anxious about their networks.

So far, Sony have been criticized in Hollywood for being “gutless” in the face of threats from hackers, but we are not fully up to speed with the nature of the threat, nor understand how serious it is.

For Sony to pull the film completely is a major signal that this attack was unprecedented in scale, and that the threat issued against movie goers was being taken seriously. Today that urgency was strengthened particularly as the hackers are now being considered viable threats to national security, which goes beyond the boundaries of the initial hack of Sony files.

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