At the president’s end-of-year speech on Friday afternoon, Barak Obama acknowledged the FBI’s report claiming that North Korea was behind the November hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment and confirmed that the US would lay blame on the isolated nation for Sony’s hack. The president promised a “proportional response,” but he did not give more details as to what that response would look like. “They caused a lot of damage, and we will respond,” Obama told the press. “It will be proportional, and it will be at the time and place that we choose; it’s not something I’m going to announce at a press conference.”
The president continued, calling for the US government to help private interests shore up their security practices, although he was vague on details for that plan as well. “Part of the problem is you’ve got weak states that can engage in this kind of attack, you’ve got non-state actors, that’s part of the reason we need to work with congress and get an actual bill passed to [help companies] prevent these attacks from taking place.”
When asked whether he thought Sony did the right thing in pulling the movie The Interview from theaters, the president spoke remarkably candidly. “Sony is a corporation, it suffered significant damage… I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that ,yes, I think they made a mistake.”
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