Congress has been reluctant to pass the various draconian cybersecurity laws pushed by the administration in recent years, but that may be changing because of the high-profile Sony Pictures hack.
With the FBI ‘successfully’ pinning it on North Korea, at least so far as everyone on Capital Hill is concerned, there is a great deal of pressure for Congress to “do something,” and little interest in the evidence that North Korea had nothing to do with it.
“Do something” in this case means pushes for a full-fledged “cyberwar” against North Korea, a nation with hardly any Internet access to begin with, and an eye toward empowering the Obama Administration to engage in this war on a global level, with long sought-after powers to shutter websites on “national security” grounds.
And more importantly, information sharing. Most cybersecurity bills push for private companies to deliver American customers’ information to government agencies, again nominally for national security. Such proposals had previously produced a backlash, but the furor around Sony Pictures is likely to press Congress to rush such a move through with little debate.
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