Sony takes a page from hackers, attacking sites hosting its movies

Sony is reportedly using the Amazon Web Services to launch DDoS attacks against websites suspected of hosting stolen movies.

Published Thu, Dec 11 2014 2:40 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:12 PM CST

Sony is still reeling from its major cyberattack and brutal data breach, now deciding to use the Amazon Web Services (AWS) to allegedly launch distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against websites. Movie studios have tried to counter piracy hubs by flooding them with fake files - and launch cyberattacks against them - with varying levels of success.

Sony takes a page from hackers, attacking sites hosting its movies | TweakTown.com

"The AWS acceptable usage policy explicitly prohibits initiating denial of service attacks from their service; it's unlikely that Amazon would let this activity continue," said Tim Erlin, Tripwire director of security and risk. "Taking the step to 'hack back' against perceived legitimate targets, based on their own assessment of guilt, presents a myriad of potential legal problems."

If these accusations are true, trying to launch attacks against websites hosting stolen Sony movies isn't the best idea.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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