Sony may not have been able to stop the hackers from leaking its private and sensitive information, but the company has found a new way to disrupt the distribution of the said files. According to a report on Re/code, the Japanese media conglomerate has initiated a mass DDoS attack, a very highly sophisticated but not so uncommon attack on filesharing networks where its leaked files are hosted. Also Read - Sony sold over 10 million PlayStation 5 units; now among the fastest selling game consolesAlso Read - Sony PS5 to be restocked on July 26 in India
Citing its sources, Re/code reports that Sony is using Amazon Web Services with hundreds of computers in Asia to cripple the backbone of the sites where its data is available. For those who aren t aware of what DDoS is, it is an attack where thousands to millions of requests are sent to a site simultaneously. Depending on a company s sophistication and availability of resources, handling such a voluminous number of traffic isn t always possible, which often leads to crashing of the site. Also Read - PlayStation 5 going on a diet? Retailer leaks lightweight PS5 in works
This isn t the first time a company has used DDoS as a counter-measure to protect its data. Hollywood companies are known to use similar tactics to botch file sharing site’s network. Sony itself, back in the day when it used to work with an anti-piracy service called MediaDefender, had indulged in similar practices. The report further states that Sony was also behind the resource hogging seeds that made it harder for anyone else to download the leaked files available via torrents.
According to multiple reports, as much as 1,110TB worth of data was stolen by a hacker group named GOP. So far we have seen information such as password details of Sony Pictures internal network, salary information of its executives, unreleased movies, as well as contact and security number of several Hollywood stars leak through this attack. Sony is, however, yet to officially acknowledge that the files making rounds on the shady sites are legitimate.
It is widely believed that the hackers behind the attack have connections with North Korean regime, since the government publicly condemned a forthcoming movie named The Interview. Produced by Sony Pictures, the plot of the movie revolves around two celebrity journalists played by Seth Rogen and James Franco who score a rare interview with North Korea s supreme leader Kim Jong-Un. In the movie, Rogen and Franco are plotted by CIA to poison Jong-Un.