Republicans criticize President Obama’s slow response to Sony hack

Republicans criticize President Obama’s slow response to Sony hack

In response to President Barack Obama's interview with the CNN on Friday, leading Washington Republicans has criticized Obama's handling of the cyberattacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment which were evidently launched by the North Korean regime.

With Obama having said during the interview that the US will "respond proportionately" to North Korea's cyberattacks on Sony Pictures, the Washington Republicans lashed out against Obama for being slow to respond.

Though Obama acknowledged that the attacks were damaging, especially since Sony Pictures has pulled the distribution of its film 'The Interview' after threats from hackers, top Washington Republicans are of the opinion that rather than just vowing to respond to the Sony hack, Obama should already have responded to the attacks befittingly.

Republican Mike Rogers - chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence - told 'Fox News Sunday' that Obama should have clearly listed the actions that the US intends taking against North Korea in response to the Sony hack.

Moreover, with Obama having described the cyberattacks against Sony as acts of 'cybervandalism,' the Republicans said that the President has underplayed the impact of the massive hack; and added that cyberattacks are 'acts of terrorism.'

Towards that end, Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain told CNN that cyberattacks are "a new form of warfare, and we have to counter that form of warfare with a better form of warfare."

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