Internet's a double-edged sword, says Madonna

SURPRISED: "Hard drives of music are hand-carried to people. We don't leave music lying around," says Madonna of her recording security.


    Dec 23, 2014

    Internet's a double-edged sword, says Madonna


    MADONNA and Sony Pictures were both torpedoed in major hacking incidents this month, in what the pop icon called "crazy times".

    "S***, this is the age that we're living in. It's crazy," she told Billboard magazine, when asked about the investigation into how at least 10 of her unfinished, unreleased songs were leaked onto the Internet. "Look at what's going on with Sony Pictures. It's just the age that we're living in. It's crazy times."

    The United States accuses North Korea of being behind the Sony incident, which led to the release of embarrassing e-mail and caused executives to halt the debut of madcap comedy The Interview.

    The film - about a fictional Central Intelligence Agency plot to kill the country's leader - infuriated North Korea, although Pyongyang has denied it was behind the cyber assault on Sony.

    "The Internet is as constructive and helpful in bringing people together as it is in doing dangerous things and hurting people. It's a double-edged sword," Madonna said.

    Asked about her recording security, she said it had already been quite tight, so the leak came as a surprise.

    "We don't put things up on servers any more. Everything we work on, if we work on computers, we're not on Wi-Fi, we're not on the Internet, we don't work in a way where anybody can access the information," she said. "Hard drives of music are hand-carried to people. We don't leave music lying around."

    US President Barack Obama said that while his administration was planning a "proportionate" response, the Sony incident was an act of "cyber vandalism" rather than war.

    North Korea has called for a joint probe with the US into the incident - an offer swiftly rebuffed by Washington.

    Pyongyang threatened to hit back at the White House and other US targets if sanctions were imposed on North Korea over the incident.

    The US has also approached Pyongyang's ally, China, for help. It claims that North Korea used facilities in China to attack Sony's computer system.

    Yesterday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi responded by condemning all forms of "cyber terrorism" following talks with his American counterpart, John Kerry.

    It was also reported that China has started an investigation into the matter.

    Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying told reporters in Beijing that China would deal with the matter in accordance with Chinese and international law.

    The Foreign Ministry will cooperate with other Chinese agencies - including the Cyberspace Administration - to conduct a preliminary investigation, said a source, who asked not to be identified because the probe hasn't been made public.