Thursday, December 18, 2014

I Really Don't Think You Want To Do That...

So, this happened.

North Korea Behind Sony Hack: U.S. Officials
U.S. officials believe the North Korean government was behind the computer hacking attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, a massive security breach that embarrassed several executives and led to the cancellation of the planned Dec. 25 release of "The Interview."

The officials told NBC News the hacking attack originated outside North Korea, but they believe the individuals behind it were acting on orders from the North Koreans.
Now, no, this is not an act of war. If what happened in Benghazi wasn't worth rolling out the Nimitz, a couple Nork hackers making life unpleasant for Sony sure as hell isn't worth dusting off the war machine. While we've never exactly been shy about sending in the Marines to protect US economic interests, the cost of getting troops over to N. Korea is more money than any Seth Rogen flick is gonna generate...

And there's a sad lesson that's going to have ramifications down the line with the studio going all French and surrendering to the hackers. You can all thank Sony for the rash of "camera aimed at the beige wall" movies sure to come out so as not to offend anyone.

But dammit, people, we're the United States of America. We're packing it in over some Nork hackers? Really? The same people responsible for both Grumpy Cat *and* the "Streisand Effect" are rolling over and dying? I'd really like to see a counterattack, I really would. Let the Nork hackers wake up the next morning to find that their internet access has been limited to YouTube videos starring Miley Cyrus or something...

We're American, dammit - we can do this...

That is all.

11 comments:

Old 1811 said...

On the one hand, you're absolutely right. We shouldn't let the terrorists tell us what we can and can't do.
On the other hand, Sony and the theater owners owe a duty to their customers. If they were to show the movie and a theater were attacked and patrons were killed, Sony and/or the theater owners could be held liable, since they knew of and ignored a credible(?) threat.
Another reason I hate lawyers. (I'm not too keen on the 21st century, either.)

Anonymous said...

Now, I wasn't planning on seeing this particular flick because.... well.... I found the entire premise to be idiotic and juvenile. However, the rhetoric I have seen cranked up over this seems to be surrounding free speech.

Somewhere, a civics teacher is screaming at the walls "it doesn't mean that!!!!"

Free speech says that the US government cannot tell you to shut up. It does not mean that you are guaranteed a forum paid for by others. This gutless decision by Sony (whereby the actual threat of attack is dubious at best), is still their decision to make. Or, it could be a planned delay while they seruptiously whip up the "see this and defend free speech" marketing ploy. (I'm distrustful of large corporations that way.)

Now the country run by the PSY lookalike has a history of saber rattling. The saber is rusted and bent, but they rattle it all the same. And Sony got hacked. I would like to see anonymous take the Norks down in a comical way. Like the virus that caused Iranian enrichment sites to blast Thunderstuck and full volume late at night that they couldn't fix.

I think they could play loops of Gangam Style on Nork defense computers 24/7 and it would make me giggle. However, anonymous will probably not do that because of actions by Sony whereby they claim that they don't sell us equipment and instead we just long term lease the equipment from them.

Joseph in IL

lelnet said...

Actually...no, we can't.

Nuke 'em 'til they glow? Yeah...we can do THAT. But since (at least in the case of cyber-attacks), "North Korea" really means "North Korean spies and saboteurs living and working in places other than North Korea"...well, we can't do that, even if we had the will.

Thankfully (seeing as how the present government will never have the will to do ANYTHING about DPRK, but has plenty of will to fight folks like you and me), the internet doesn't work that way. :)

Ted said...

"NORK Hackers". ???? In a country that can't or won't keep the lights on at night? No such thing. !!!

But they probably did scrape together enough rubles / euros / yuan to pay some nice Russian entrepreneurs to get the job outsourced.

( need something coded overnight??? Send yuri an email with the specs ).

Those are the real targets

Angus McThag said...

But Jay, nobody IMPORTANT was affected by Benghazi, this affects the lives of ESSENTIAL dancing monkeys!

LCB said...

Sony is NOT an American or North American or United States of America company. It's owned by Japanese. And I'd bet this decision came from Japan. You know, that little island company that's within missile range of the Nork's.

LCB said...

county...not company...sheesh.

notDilbert said...

County -- Country --- SONY ---- JAPAN

Pretty much all the same thing

Old NFO said...

+1 on Angus, that way I don't have to cuss...

Cargosquid said...

Exactly.
Sony is a Japanese company.

Let Japan deal with them.

Heath J said...

Better still, let Anonymous deal with them.