Sony said to be using DDoS attacks to slow the spread of stolen data

By Shawn Knight
Dec 11, 2014
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  1. Sony Pictures is still reeling from the hack on its computer network in which a group calling itself the Guardians of Peace made off with loads of personal data on employees and celebrities. The sensitive data has since shown up...

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  2. JohnCB

    JohnCB TS Booster Posts: 118   +62

    I'm supposed to believe that the company incapable of encrypting passwords is sophisticated enough to have their own botnet available on demand to DDOS others? C'mon....

    And even if they do... it's pointless. The data has already leaked all over the place. You can never put those worms back in the can.
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  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,551   +2,894

    The power of a PS3/PS4 network. Hahaha!

    What will the headlines be next week? lol
  4. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 305   +62

    Well. If a corporation uses foreign companies to perform a DDoS then it's perfectly ok!
  5. seefizzle

    seefizzle TS Addict Posts: 278   +142

    Hasn't sony learned their lesson? At one point Sony installed root-kit viruses on audio cd's. **** sony.

    I can't think of the last sony anything I've bought.
  6. abysal

    abysal TS Booster Posts: 107   +37

    I've thought of Sony as piece of sh** of a company, ever since they sold rootkit DRM infected CDs. I refused to buy any of Sony's crap since then. Karma is a b**ch. I wonder the legality of them using DDoS against other web entities? I'm sure anyone of us would go to jail for cyber crimes doing such things.
  7. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,173   +577

    Sony really wants to make itself a target, doesn't it? This is like a kid flailing wildly at a bee-hive. Their willingness to resort to illegal measures will draw the ire of even more hacker groups. It's no surprise that they are hacked all the time.

    To me, Sony is worse than any pirate or hacker group out there. They DDoS and block websites with competing material, punish real customers with demanding DRM, and actively manipulate laws to continue their behavior.
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  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,551   +2,894

    I wouldn't risk it, even if I had the resources.
    That's what I was thinking. lol
  9. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,173   +577

    The article mentioned that they weren't using their own servers. I would not be surprised if they were using the Anon DDoS tool the hacker group release to the public last year.
  10. JohnCB

    JohnCB TS Booster Posts: 118   +62

    You're going to need to cite source.

    Unless you're referencing something else, "Anon" isn't really a "hacker group". Additionally their "weapon of choice" is nothing more than LOIC which still requires a large group of computers to flood the target's connections.
  11. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,173   +577

    Just found out that they are not using DDoS. They are seeding fake files instead.

    Anon is short for anonymous. LOIC is a DDoS utility
  12. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,555   +858

    Why does everyone keep saying DDoS? hosting fake data for a torrent isnt a DDoS....
  13. Oh joy, a new friend is attempting to explain how knowledgable he is in regards of "Anonymous."
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  14. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,173   +577

    It's was a mistake by one publication that was propagated to the others. Most likely that one author was using it as clickbait.
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  15. TheLastPanda

    TheLastPanda TS Member Posts: 78   +10

    Yeah its technically a bad seed attack .-. BUT if you do it a lot on someones server the traffic is like a DDOS I guess.
  16. JohnCB

    JohnCB TS Booster Posts: 118   +62

    LOIC has been publicly open sourced for more than 5 years now. Anonymous didn't have anything to do with "creating or releasing" it.
  17. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,173   +577

    As you said, it's open source. They contributed to the project and have their own branch of the software.

    Although, that's what they said. Seeing as they never reveal their identities, as far as I know, it cannot be confirmed.

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