Marc Morial, of the National Urban League, calls the Sony attack the cyber world equivalent of 9/11 and demands a forceful government response. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The president of a major civil rights organization said on Thursday (December 18) the massive cyber attack against Sony was the cyberworld equivalent of the 9/11 attacks and called on the U.S. government to respond. "It is imperative that the government of the United States forcefully respond to what in the cyber world is equivalent to something on the order of 9/11, and I say that with this reservation, when a foreign government, like North Korea, can seek to disable the free expression of creative content by simply making an anonymous idle threat, the values, the civil rights, the constitutional rights that this nation was founded on are threatened," Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, said at a news conference. Morial and Rev. Al Sharpton had just left a meeting with Sony executives to discuss the content of exposed internal emails, some of which included an exchange in which Co-Chairman Amy Pascal joked about President Obama's race. Unidentified hackers attacked Sony's computer network last month and have released internal documents they claim were stolen from the company. Disclosures from the documents have caused turmoil at the studio, a unit of Japan's Sony Corp, and shed light on internal discussions key to the company's future. For instance, the documents include employee salaries and financial information, marketing plans and contracts with business partners.