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ISPs must accept some blame for Sony cyber-attack, says former IP advisor

Posted by malcolm on Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 11:40

ISPs must “take some responsibility” for the recent Sony cyber-attack, according to Mike Weatherley, MP for Hove and former intellectual property advisor to David Cameron.

The recent cyber-attack on Sony by unidentified hackers led to the release of 25GB of confidential documents, as well as torrents of several unreleased movies. Investigations have yet to discover the culprit, with some reports blaming state actors, but nevertheless Weatherley a few ideas about where to place the blame:

Piracy is a huge international problem. The recent cyber-attack on Sony and subsequent release of films to illegal websites is just one high-profile example of how criminals exploit others’ Intellectual Property. Unfortunately, the theft of these films – and their subsequent downloads – has been facilitated by web-hosting companies and, ultimately, ISPs who do have to step-up and take some responsibility.
– Mike Weatherley, speaking to Torrentfreak

Weatherley has not, to our knowledge, sought to apply the same arguments to the providers of other goods and services necessary for carrying out a cyber-attack.

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