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Daniel Henninger: Stop North Korea By 'Doing The Same to Them'

By    |   Friday, 19 Dec 2014 03:50 PM

The United States may have to launch a major cyber-attack on North Korea to halt such incidents as the hacking of Sony Pictures' computer files to kill off the release of "The Interview," says Daniel Henninger, deputy editorial page director of The Wall Street Journal.

"You hate to say it, but you've got to come around to the conclusion that the U.S. has to be willing to go on counter offense … either threaten to do the same to them or, in fact, start doing the same to some of them," Henninger said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"Otherwise, they are not going to stop. It's a hard thing to say, but it is difficult to see an alternative to the United States defending itself by fighting back against the systems run by these governments."

Earlier this week, Sony yanked the Christmas Day opening of "The Interview," the Seth Rogan-James Franco lowball comedy which depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and reportedly has him participating in an orgy.

The decision came after a massive cyber attack of Sony's computer files bared a Pandora's Box of scandalous emails written by and received by Sony execs, including racial jokes and snubs of movie stars like Angelina Jolie.

Henninger said the technology of the internet is dated and "inherently vulnerable" to those who want to wreak havoc.

"The internet was built years ago and the idea was that it would be open architecture and available to everybody," he said.

"There are so many holes in the internet and in the web and in the roots into our computers, whether it's just one of us sitting at our desk or the entire tech infrastructure of a Sony, a Target, or the U.S. government, it's all vulnerable.

"And the amazing thing at this point is that … so many companies and so many individuals literally open themselves to these vulnerabilities, rather than taking the steps necessary to protect themselves."

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The United States may have to launch a major cyber-attack on North Korea to halt such incidents as the hacking of Sony Pictures' computer files, says Daniel Henninger, deputy editorial page director of The Wall Street Journal.
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