Sony Hack: Directors Guild Calls on U.S. Government to Heighten Cybersecurity

The Interview Sony Hack
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The Directors Guild of America has called on the U.S. government to boost cyber-security in the wake of the massive hack attack on Sony Pictures over “The Interview.”

In the DGA’s first public statement on the attack, DGA president Paris Barclay said the guild stands by its members Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the co-directors of the comedy. Barclay made no mention of Sony in his statement.

“We stand by our director members Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and hope that a way can be found to distribute the film by some means, to demonstrate that our industry is not cowed by extremists of any type,” he concluded.

The DGA statement was issued about half an hour after President Obama said that Sony had “made a mistake” in its decision to cancel the release of “The Interview.”

Here is Barclay’s full statement:

“As the events of the past weeks have made painfully clear, we are now living in an age in which the Internet can enable a few remote cyber criminals to hold an entire industry hostage. This unprecedented situation demonstrates that even basic rights such as freedom of expression can quickly fall prey to those who would misuse and abuse the Internet to steal from, intimidate and terrorize our industry and our nation, and stands as an excruciating illustration of the heightened need for the federal government to increase its efforts to protect our society against cyber crimes, terrorism and all of its implications.

We hope that instead of the “chilling effect” on controversial content, this incident becomes a rallying point for all of us who care about freedom of expression to come together and champion this inalienable right.  We stand by our director members Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and hope that a way can be found to distribute the film by some means, to demonstrate that our industry is not cowed by extremists of any type.”



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  1. CNU says:

    I call on the members of the DGA to stop directing crappy movies!

    Wow its fun and easy to make unrealistic demands.

  2. Say what? I’m sure some Sony employee clicked on a phishing scam or downloaded a Trojan giving the hackers access. The government is supposed to step in and stop that how, exactly?

  3. Matt says:

    The Directors Guild of America should probabably focus on repairing Hollywoods “tuck tail and run” way of doing things that have caused the United States look like a bunch of cowards, instead of asking the government for help with cyber security. At the very least, try to save face and have Sony release what will ultimately be a bad movie.

  4. Rick W says:

    Would love to here from the Hollywood “left” concerning their opinion on how to handle North Korea’s aggression toward the movie industry. Maybe Penn, Moore, Sarandon & Baldwin could schedule a peace summit with Kim-Jong-un :)

  5. Wait a minute. My understanding is that Sony was ridiculously lax in their own cybersecurity, not meeting industry standards, leaving themselves vulnerable to an attack. And then they deliberately provoked a lunatic dictatorship that we all know has access to world-class cyberpredators. And now, because this multinational corporation not even based in the US wouldn’t pony up the investment to protect their digital assets, the US taxpayer is supposed to indemnify them? Sony was dumb at best, and no amount of government subsidy will make them smart. And the US certainly shouldn’t get involved in a cyberwar as a proxy for Sony.

    • Sue Karr says:

      My thoughts exactly. Should the government go behind every corporation like a teacher checking homework to be sure they’ve secured their own property?

  6. sr says:

    It is apparent that Jeh Johnson and his racist, gestapo-like DHS have failed miserably and thus he should be forced to resign. Obama has failed and he should be impeached.

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