#CyberFLASH: John Baird fears Sony hacking is just tip of the iceberg

North Koreas Kims Photo GalleryForeign Affairs Minister John Baird said he is “deeply concerned” about a cyber-attack that prompted Sony to shelve the Seth Rogen film “The Interview” indefinitely, and fears similar attacks will occur in the future.

“This is a huge issue of freedom of expression and we’re deeply concerned about it,” Baird told reporters in Ottawa on Friday as he announced another round of sanctions against Russia. “Now that it’s happened once, the fear I have is ‘What next?’ ”

But he stopped short of echoing U.S. President Barack Obama’s view that Sony erred by cancelling plans to release the movie later this month.

“Obviously the implied threats that we’ve seen are not to be taken lightly,” Baird said. “I’ll leave it for others to analyze Sony’s decisions.

“The Interview” stars Vancouver-born Rogen and co-star James Franco playing two characters tasked with assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

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