Before I go any further, I would like to give out a special thanks to the North Korean government for allowing me to write this post. Apparently, us bloggers are now supposed to check in with their government before posting anything online. If not, a hacker will be waiting to disrupt our computers or perhaps, Dennis Rodman will show up at our doorstep!! How sad would that be!! Anyways, the recent hacking of Sony email accounts and subsequent canceling of “The Interview” has created a lot of discussion and debate about whether Sony did indeed cave in to those foreign hackers linked to North Korea. Was it right for them to cancel the movie amid threats to various movie theaters if they did show the film?
I can understand the concern about showing this film at the present time. Suppose Sony told the hackers “screw you” and went ahead with the film on Christmas Day. The probability that attacks on every movie theater in the nation that showed the film is probably very remote. However, having just one theater being attacked is enough and imagine how it would impact this country on of all days, Christmas Day? It would be a major PR blunder for the company. Having said that, since when does another foreign country have the gull or right to say what is contained in our movie films? NONE AT ALL!! This is a nation of freedoms and free speech is one of the biggest freedoms that we have. The movie is simply a comedy about the assassination of the leader of North Korea. It is in no ways a serious film. I guess the North Korean’s do not have a very good sense of humor!
First Sony, then what? What other companies will be targets for future hackers? Some punk hacker could do the same thing to one of our major companies and greatly affect our economy. The more these companies cave in, the more these hackers will continue this practice of blackmail. Eventually, they may even hit our power grids and cause a tremendous amount of chaos. The new form of terrorism that we should be concerned about is not some terrorist or terrorists sneaking bombs into our company. The real concern should be about how we deal with cyber attacks from terrorist groups. Our president needs to be very harsh on those North Korean hackers who are basically mocking us. We need to send a message that there will be very serious consequences for any future attacks. Those hackers are basically disrupting our freedoms and that is totally uncalled for.
I would love to see Sony stick it to those hackers and announce a grand opening premier date for the film. A great and strong nation like the United States should never be bullied by some rogue nation like North Korea. Those responsible for hacking Sony need to be arrested and face American justice. They are terrorists and should pay the price for interfering with our companies. Until then, North Korea just a chunk out of our freedom of speech. We need to stop them before more chunks are taken. A foreign country should never dictate what we do or not do as a country, NEVER!!!