Sony Hack Reinvigorates Support for Privacy-Busting CISPA-Style Legislation

Friday, December 19, 2014
By Paul Martin

White House, lawmakers exploit crisis to push for draconian data powers

Paul Joseph Watson
December 19, 2014

The Sony hack attack has reinvigorated support for privacy-busting CISPA-style cybersecurity legislation that was previously considered dead, prompting calls to make the issue a top priority in 2015.

With the White House declaring the hack to be a “national security issue” yesterday, numerous prominent lawmakers jumped on the issue to push a “zombie” cybersecurity bill – the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act – which failed to make the Senate floor in July.

White House Economic Council Director Jeff Zients said the Sony hack would require ongoing “executive” action by the President in order to protect “federal government assets,” with Zients stressing the need “to take this to the next level (with) legislation.”

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein echoed Zients, asserting, “We must pass an information sharing bill as quickly as possible next year.”

Republican Sen. John McCain also called on Congress to “finally pass long-overdue comprehensive cybersecurity legislation” in light of the Sony hack, a sentiment mimicked by Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I), co-chair of the House cybersecurity caucus, who stated, “The new Congress should act without delay to pass a comprehensive cybersecurity information sharing bill to allow the federal government to share what it knows about threats in cyberspace with the private sector, and vice versa.”

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