Hey Everyone, CISPA Is Back… Because Of The Sony Hack, Which It Wouldn't Have Prevented
from the because-bad-ideas-never-die dept
This isn’t a huge surprise, but Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, the NSA’s personal Rep in Congress (NSA HQ is in his district), has announced that he’s bringing back CISPA, the cybersecurity bill designed to make it easier for the NSA to access data from tech companies (that’s not how the bill’s supporters frame it, but that’s the core issue in the bill). In the past, Ruppersberger had a teammate in this effort, Rep. Mike Rogers, but Rogers has moved onto his new career as a radio and TV pundit (CNN just proudly announced hiring him), so Ruppersberger is going it alone this time around.
Not surprisingly, he’s using the Sony Hack as a reason for why this bill is needed:
?The reason I?m putting bill in now is I want to keep the momentum going on what?s happening out there in the world,? Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger… told The Hill in an interview, referring to the recent Sony hack, which the FBI blamed on North Korea.
Fair enough, then perhaps Ruppersberger could explain how CISPA would have prevented the Sony Hack? Of course, he can’t, because it wouldn’t have helped. CISPA is focused on getting companies to share more information with the government (including the NSA and DHS), but there’s no indication that Sony would have actually opened up its network for the NSA to snoop through and find these hackers (wherever they might have come from). Even if Sony had opened up its system to the government, it seems unlikely that the NSA would have magically spotted this hack and done anything about it.
Instead, using the Sony Hack as a hook is a cynical political ploy for a losing idea that is designed to harm the public and take away their privacy.