The vulnerabilities that Dr. Charlie Miller points to are real and require our attention if we are to ensure that fiction does not become reality, and that the most recent cyber attacks on Sony are the end and not the beginning of a new era in state-sponsored cyber attacks.
We must each examine our own inner security systems, the ones which will reveal who we really are, and emerge the virtues to the surface, so they can naturally protect our minds and lives. It is our hearts that must never be hacked.
Aside from the North Koreans' lack of a sense of humor and perspective, I also think the writers and producers of The Interview messed up by deciding to have the plot center around an actual dictator.
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There once was a world where people were always right. They knew they were right, and they were proud of it. It was a world where people stated with confidence, "I am right and you are wrong."
Despite precautions, cyber attackers can often stay one step ahead of protection mechanisms. Sony, of course, had little in the way of cyber security protections, making it an easy soft target for hackers. But even better protected systems can be penetrated.
Truly considering another person's POV means comprehending it, understanding it and most importantly "feeling" it from their side.
It is easy to dismiss the whole Interview episode with some lighthearted head-shaking. But we should take a moment to remember that the reality of life in North Korea is no laughing matter.
This is now a world where journalists are being beheaded, though their main weapon was a pen and schoolchildren are being gunned down in classrooms. We should fight this war on every front, including from Hollywood.
To mitigate the damage and restore confidence, Sony Pictures executives need to develop a plan so this is unlikely to reoccur. While this is easier said than done, IT solutions are available to thwart hackers.
As bad as Sony's cave-in, though, is the ridiculously false "shock" at the hackers' success in exposing the emails. There is incredible naiveté from everyone involved.
This is about your right as an American to produce and consume political, artistic and social expression without governmental terrorism and censorship, in this case North Korea's. This includes your right to choose to see potentially dumb and distasteful films, as well your right not to see it.
The problem with granting heckler's vetoes over speech is that it incentivizes threats of disruption or violence from the least tolerant members of our society.