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McCain to convene hearing on Sony hack

Incoming Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCainJohn Sidney McCainObama book excerpt: 'Hard to deny my overconfidence' during early health care discussions Mark Kelly releases Spanish ad featuring Rep. Gallego More than 300 military family members endorse Biden MORE (R-Ariz.) plans to delve into cybersecurity as one of his panel’s first orders of business, following the high-profile hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

McCain said Friday he would hold a hearing on the issue within the first two weeks of the next Congress, CNN reported.

Sony has been battling a devastating cyberattack since late November, when hackers infiltrated the company’s networks and stole troves of data, angry over the studio’s film “The Interview,” which depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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After the hacking group threatened 9/11-style attacks earlier this week on any theater showing the movie, Sony decided to cancel the film’s Christmas release.

Speaking on Arizona radio station KFYI 550’s “The Mike Broomhead Show,” McCain called the decision “the greatest blow to free speech that I’ve seen in my lifetime probably.”

Many suspect North Korea is behind the threat. U.S. officials are expected to attribute the attack to North Korea on Friday afternoon.

“We have to respond in kind,” McCain continued. “We have lots of capability in cyber and we ought to start cranking that up.”

The White House has said the government would respond with a “proportional” action.