Peter W. Singer, in an interview with Motherboard’s Jason Koebler:
Now we get to the part that moves from jokes and silliness to
serious, which is: This is not just now a case study in how not to
react to cyber threats and a case study in how to not defend your
networks, it’s now also a case study in how not to respond to
We have just communicated to any would-be attacker that we will do
whatever they want.
It is mind boggling to me, particularly when you compare it to
real things that have actually happened. Someone killed 12 people
and shot another 70 people at the opening night of Batman: The
Dark Knight. They kept that movie in the theaters. You issue an
anonymous cyber threat that you did not have the capability to
carry out? We pulled a movie from 18,000 theaters.
This, in a world where “Keep Calm and Carry On” has become an overused meme.