The implications of weak western reaction to online terrorism from North Korea loom large
Why does threat from N. Korea produce appeasement, while threats from Islamic terrorists produce resilience? My take wapo.st/1sF5Bbg
Freed Zakaria asks a deep question here. For years I and millions of others have observed the development of internet, debated privacy and security. We have generally promoted the openness of internet and the advancement that brings to society as a good thing that might even make some shortcuts acceptable.
But the news tonight is conformed that the NSA and others have validated North Korea, a country, actively sought out Sony admins and gained access to the Sony network. This allowed them to gain intelligence on movies, employees and actors information. It was interesting to listen to Fran Townsend (3rd US Homeland Security Secretary) on CNN this evening as she noted Sony’s biggest concern now is class action suits from actors and studios because they dropped the ball on this. North Korea also threaten terrorist action against movie theatres.
But the larger question that Fareed asks is most interesting.
One of the nastiest regimes in the world effectively threatened to launch terrorist attacks in the United States if an artistic work was shown publicly. And, stunningly, almost everyone involved has caved.
Fareed draws an interesting comparison with Hitler in the late 1930’s (just before WWII) when the British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s government wanted to ban the distribution of “the Great Dictator” in Britain. This was a movie satire of Hitler. Needless to say the reality that giving in to a bully never works was amply proven between 1939 and 1945.
Aside from the incompetence displayed by Sony in apparently permitting unfettered access to their network for months, we cannot allow internet to become a weapon of choice for the likes of North Korea. What would be next? Maybe they gain access to newspapers, high schools or banks. What other potential disruption to our society could online terrorists bring.
This one time the privacy advocates should take a deep breath and be pleased we have the NSA/ GCHQ/ etc on our side. The Intercept is particularly quiet on this.