Sony is apparently waging a campaign of defensive hacking and cyber attacks to try and stop people accessing its stolen data on illegal file sharing sites.
According to Re/code, Sony is alleged to be using Amazon Web Services (AWS) in order to bombard thousands of sites across Asia where it is believed the stolen data is being made available for download.
Amazon Web Services is a cloud computing platform that supports the Amazon web store, Netflix and other large streaming, retails and high traffic sites.
The type of cyber attack Sony is reported to be carrying out is called a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS), which attempts to flood and overload targeted websites with traffic, which then prevents users being able to the site question.
DDoS attacks are more commonly used by hackers and cybercriminals to sabotage company websites and online services. However, they have also been used by other movie studios in the past as a way to try and combat online piracy and illegal downloads.
The launching of DDoS attacks shows the lengths in which Sony is prepared to go to in which to try and stop its leaked data being spread around the web.
However, it is worth noting that it is unlikely that Amazon would allow such attack to be carried out using its Web Services platform, as this kind of practice would almost certainly be in breach of its policy and terms of service.
Also, the idea that Sony can ‘hack-back’ or launch its own DDoS attack surely throws up a whole load of potential problems from a legal viewpoint, after all carrying out hacking, cyber attacks, launching DDoS attacks or accessing someones data without permission is illegal, whichever way you look at it.
This week more revelations surfaced regarding the confidential data that was obtained during the recent hacking of Sony, which some are calling the most embarrassing cyber attack in history.
As well the leaking of confidential data on its 47,000 employees, salary details of senior management and famous actors, passwords to hundreds of company social media accounts and five of Sony’s unreleased movies, scores of email conversations between movie execs, actors and senior employees of Sony, which have also been leaked, have sparked uproar in Hollywood.
Most embarrassing of all has been the revelations that Sony co-chair, Amy Pascal and Scott Rudin, who produced No Country for Old Men, made insensitive comments about the race of president Obama.
As Sony fights back in response to the the hacking of its confidential company data, what do you think of this kind of practice?
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