If you asked members of the general public what a hacker is, you are most likely to get the definition of a cracker.
That ship has sailed. Note that ships almost never have sails anymore, either, so that term has been hijacked also. And don't get me started about "hijack" being applied to word meaning...
Now every terrorist organization around the world will see how easy it is to control North American media.
Sony is a Japanese corporation.
Can you imagine what would happen if another country ( pick one ) started a program like the one we run for snatching up Americans ( or American Allies ) suspected of ties to $scarylabel ?
ISIS is already snatching up and executing journalists and aid workers suspected of ties to the CIA. The US populace is being manipulated to be horrified, we're already sending drones and bombers, probably will eventually send troops.
If only 40 gigabytes contained all of this damning information, just imagine what 100 terabytes contains
The same thing 2,500 times?
Sony has 140,000 employees; 40 gigabytes is already 280K per employee, so there's probably not much left to reveal just based on quantity alone.
Achieving regular manned commercial space travel is also worthwhile
When I see statement like this, I think of the Everest guiding industry. In many ways, carrying tourists to 100 kilometers and then returning is much like guiding them to 29,000 feet. Neither one has any real purpose other than bragging rights. Arguably the boom in Everest climbing tourism has had major negative effects, including pollution of the high-alpine environment and a high death rate by the employees. I wouldn't be surprised if the suborbital tourism industry took a similar path, but pretending that it has some long-term benefit is deceiving yourself, IMO. Richard Branson isn't going to colonize the stars, any more than Alpine Ascents International is colonizing the high Himalayas.