Sony, North Korea, and the US taxpayer

by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, 12/19/14

“FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack,” by Eric Tucker and Ted Bridis, AP story at Daily Local News, 12/19/14:

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment “made a mistake” in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, and he vowed the United States will respond “in a place and manner and time that we choose” to a hack attack the FBI blamed on the secretive Communist regime….

Our taxpayer-funded public servants are hard at work to trace the hack:

The FBI said the tools themselves contained subtle clues linking them to that country’s government….

Our friends at NSA are also in on the case. The past and future US response sounds like its not a free service (except to Sony, of course). For example, according to the usual anonymous sources in a Yahoo! News article:

U.S. experts say Obama’s options could include cyber retaliation, financial sanctions, criminal indictments against individuals implicated in the attack or even a boost in U.S. military support to South Korea.

Anything like that is a legitimate function of our government, right? Or is it?

The anti-government sector that comprises most of the right wing today keeps proclaiming that the US government should work only about things that no one else can do, like defense. I usually disagree with that argument but let’s see how it applies to the current imbroglio with one pariah country.

Are American citizens being attacked in their homes? Are North Koreans massing an army at our borders? No, a multinational corporation has been attacked on their own computer systems. I bet Sony could do a really good job of cyber retaliation if they had to. At their own expense, of course….

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