GOP Rep. McCaul: North Korea Network Outage Was in Response to Sony Hack

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said on Tuesday that a December Internet outage in North Korea was in retaliation for its hack on Sony Pictures. This is the first time a U.S. official has gone on the record to acknowledge it. However, McCaul refrained from saying who was actually responsible for the outage.

According to Bloomberg, McCaul made the comments at a Washington, D.C., event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, focusing on cybersecurity. He said many companies want the U.S. government to step up to the plate and do more to counter hackers.

This previews a bill McCaul is set to introduce this week that will establish protections for companies whose networks are compromised. It will not, however, give these companies any legal protections for “hack backs,” since such actions are illegal.

Immediately following the Sony hack and subsequent Internet outage in North Korea, there was a period of uncertainty over whether the U.S. was directly responsible for the network outage in the rogue nation, and suspicion continues as to whether the U.S. government had anything to do with it.

You can read the full Bloomberg report here.

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