Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on CNN’s State of the Union segment Sunday that China was likely involved in the alleged North Korean cyberattack on Sony pictures.
“I can’t imagine anything this massive happening in North Korea without China being involved or at least knowing about it.”
Senator Graham told CNN host Dana Bash that President Obama could still go further in making North Korea “feel pain that is due” for attacking Sony by putting the country back on the list of state sponsors of terror. Graham went on to say that in addition to more sanctions, the U.S. should hack into North Korea’s media to expose their corrupt regime to the people of that nation.
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“I know that the regime lives pretty large. But put them back on the state sponsors of terrorism list and attack their infrastructure. Try to do what we did during the Cold War – send a message to the North Korean people, speak truth to power, try to infiltrate their media and get the message out about exactly who runs their country and that there’s a better way. I’d go all in in trying to expose this regime to the North Korean people for the nut jobs they are.”
Ms. Bash was persistent in asking Graham to give “kudos” to the President for his leadership in his handling of the attack on Sony. Graham responded,
“Sure. So far so good, Mr. President. You did the right thing urging Sony to release the movie. You did the right thing condemning North Korea, but it’s not ‘cybervandalism,’ Mr. President, this is cyberterrorism and your response should be consistent with a terrorist attack on American values, not vandalism.”
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The FBI has determined that North Korea was responsible for hacking into Sony. However, there are many cybersecurity experts who believe a company insider was behind the attack because the malware used in the Sony attack is commonly available online and many of the links to North Korea turned out to be decoys.
The hacking incident forced Sony Pictures to limit the release of The Interview. The plot line of the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy is about bumbling reporters who are recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
On December 24, Sony made The Interview available for rent online for $5.99 via YouTube Movies, Google Play, Microsoft’s Xbox Video, and a dedicated site run by the studio. It can be bought in HD for $14.99. The movie has earned $15 million in the first three days on sale.
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