Sen. John McCain, the incoming Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said President Barack Obama doesn’t understand that the cyber attack on Sony is a new form of warfare.
Obama was interviewed Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” telling host Candy Crowley that he didn’t consider the hacking an act of war, but an act of vandalism, Newsmax reports.
“The president does not understand that this is a manifestation of a new form of warfare,” McCain said in a separate interview with Crowley afterward. “When you destroy economies, when you are able to impose censorship on the world, and especially on the United States of America, it’s more than vandalism.”
McCain said he wants to see a vigorous reaction from the United States against North Korea, which has been identified as being behind the attack. Threats against theaters showing the comedy “The Interview,” which depicts the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jung-un, forced theaters to pull the film and Sony to decide not to release it as scheduled.
McCain said the United States has been late to the game in the world of cyber warfare and should develop countermeasures to respond and prevent such attacks.
Hacks from China already have exposed some of America’s most important military secrets, he said.
“We’ve lost billions of dollars in industrial capabilities and secrets,” McCain told Crowley.