MPAA’s Dodd: Sony attack ‘despicable, criminal act’

Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, has responded strongly to the FBI’s announcement that North Korea was responsible for the attack on Sony Pictures, describing it as confirmation of what was suspected to be the case: “that cyber terrorists, bent on wreaking havoc, have violated a major company to steal personal information, company secrets and threaten the American public. It is a despicable, criminal act,” he averred.

He said that disappointingly, that fact had been lost in a lot of the media coverage of the matter over the past few weeks. “This situation is larger than a movie’s release or the contents of someone’s private emails. This is about the fact that criminals were able to hack in and steal what has now been identified as many times the volume of all of the printed material in the Library of Congress and threaten the livelihoods of thousands of Americans who work in the film and television industry, as well as the millions who simply choose to go to the movies,” he stated.

“The Internet is a powerful force for good and it is deplorable that it is being used as a weapon not just by common criminals, but also, sophisticated cyber terrorists. We cannot allow that front to be opened again on American corporations or the American people,” he declared.

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