Dec 18 2014
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today on Sony Pictures Entertainment’s decision to cancel an upcoming movie in the face of cyber-attacks directed by North Korea:
“Recently reported intelligence findings that North Korea directed cyber-attacks at Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Pictures’ decision to cancel the release of an upcoming movie in reaction to those cyber-attacks, are profoundly troubling.
“By effectively yielding to aggressive acts of cyber-terrorism by North Korea, that decision sets a troubling precedent that will only empower and embolden bad actors to use cyber as an offensive weapon even more aggressively in the future.
“But, make no mistake. The need for Sony Pictures to make that decision ultimately arose from the Administration's continuing failure to satisfactorily address the use of cyber weapons by our nation's enemies.
“Indeed, North Korea's cyber-attack on Sony Pictures is only the latest in a long and troubling list of attempts by malign actors to use cyber to undermine our economic and national security interests. From Iranian and Russian attacks on American banks to China's orchestrated campaign to steal military secrets from our defense contractors, the Administration's failure to deter our adversaries has emboldened, and will continue to embolden, those seeking to harm the United States through cyberspace.
“This must change. If elected Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I will enhance congressional oversight of related programs, operations and activities by establishing a subcommittee focused on cyber matters such as this and hold the Administration accountable for its failure to institute a meaningful strategy for combating these increasingly brazen and dangerous actions.
“But, Congress as a whole must also address these issues and finally pass long-overdue comprehensive cybersecurity legislation. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the coming year to make this matter a priority.”