Mashable quotes Cyber Statecraft Initiative Director Jason Healey on how the United States should respond to North Korea’s hack of Sony Pictures:
“When it comes to North Korea, there are no good options,”Jason Healey, a founding member of the Pentagon’s first joint cyberwar unit and now director of the Atlantic Council’s Statecraft Initiative, told Mashable.
If the attack was still ongoing, Healey explained, then the U.S. could probably do something to stop it in cyberspace. But that’s not the case here, the damage is done, and the hacking operation is complete.
As we’ve already pointed out, the U.S. and North Korea have almost non-existent diplomatic relations. But there is something the U.S. can do, as Healey explained in an article on Friday.
The idea is to get China, a key ally of Kim Jong-un, to condemn the attacks publicly and push North Korea behind the scenes to put an end to these kinds of activities. China has some leverage with North Korea and could even stop them themselves, Healey said, since most North Korean hackers are believed to operate inside China’s boundaries.