When President Barack Obama addressed the nation during his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, he made a timely remark about cyber attacks in the wake of the Sony hack.
“No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids. We are making sure our government integrates intelligence to combat cyber threats, just as we have done to combat terrorism,” Obama said. “And tonight, I urge this Congress to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyber-attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children’s information.”
He continued, “If we don’t act, we’ll leave our nation and our economy vulnerable. If we do, we can continue to protect the technologies that have unleashed untold opportunities for people around the globe.”
Back in December, after Sony had announced it was canceling the theatrical release of The Interview due to threats invoking 9/11, the POTUS called the company’s decision a “mistake.”
And in a totally unrelated comment that made Twitter explode, Instagram made its first-ever appearance in the State of the Union when Obama gave a shout out of sorts to astronaut Scott Kelly, who will begin a year-long stay in space in two months. “Good luck, Captain. Make sure to Instagram it.”