Obama: "No Hacker Should Be Able to Shut Down Our Networks"

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President Obama will address recent cyber threats during his State of the Union speech.

President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech references cyber attacks in the wake of the Sony hack, this according to speech excerpts released by the White House.

The excerpt reads, "No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids. We are making sure our government integrates intelligence to combat cyber threats, just as we have done to combat terrorism."

It continues, "And tonight, I urge this Congress to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyber-attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children’s information. If we don’t act, we’ll leave our nation and our economy vulnerable. If we do, we can continue to protect the technologies that have unleashed untold opportunities for people around the globe."

Obama is expected to go live at 9 p.m. ET.

Obama first addressed the Sony hack in December, during his end-of-the-year press conference, saying Sony "made a mistake" by initially pulling the plug on the film's theatrical release.

Obama said, "We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States because if somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing once they see a documentary that they don't like, or news reports that they don't like ... That's not who we are. That's not what America is about."

During a later interview, Obama called the Sony hack an act of "cybervandalism that was very costly, very expensive." He added, "We take it very seriously."

The Sony hack has been the subject of much commentary since it threatened the release of Sony's film The Interview, most recently by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes.

 

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