Sony hack could mean new Senate subcommittee

Sony hack could mean new Senate subcommittee

Actors Seth Rogen and James Franco could become the focus of national security discussions on Capitol Hill next year.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., expected to become chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Thursday that the recent hack of Sony Pictures systems and the company’s decision to cancel the actors’ latest film in response to cyber threats raise serious national security questions, and underscore the need for comprehensive cybersecurity legislation.

If elected committee chairman, McCain said he will create a subcommittee focused on cybersecurity issues.

“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,” McCain said in a statement.

One day earlier, Sony officials announced plans to cancel the Dec. 25 release of “The Interview” after threats from an anonymous hacker group, Guardians of Peace. The comedy depicts Rogen and Franco as bumbling would-be assassins targeting North Korea leader Kim Jung-un.

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