Amazon denies Sony is using its AWS to launch DDoS cyberattacks

Amazon denies its AWS service is being used by Sony to launch cyberattacks.

Published Thu, Dec 11 2014 5:16 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:12 PM CST

Sony has been accused of launching distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against websites hosting its stolen content, using Amazon Web Service as a launch pad, according to unnamed sources speaking with Re/code. It would seem extremely unlikely - and easily identifiable - if Sony decided to use AWS to launch any form of DDoS attacks, with network monitoring company CloudFlare suggesting Sony didn't launch any counter-attacks.

Amazon denies Sony is using its AWS to launch DDoS cyberattacks |

Amazon sent the following statement to TweakTown:

"AWS employs a number of automated detection and mitigation techniques to prevent the misuse of our services. In cases where the misuse is not detected and stopped by the automated measures, we take manual action as soon as we become aware of any misuse. Our terms are clear about this. The activity being reported is not currently happening on AWS."

Not surprisingly, launching a full-blown counter-attack is illegal, with Jennifer Stisa Granic, director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society providing ZDNet with the following statement: "It's illegal for companies to counter-attack. That line will be fuzzy depending on the tech used, but the law is clear, no unauthorized access except for lawfully authorized government activity."

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,, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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