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Sony Pictures allegedly launched DDoS-type attacks

Kate O'Flaherty

SC Magazine

11 December 2014 

PA’s Tony Reeves, an IT security expert, is quoted in an article in SC Magazine about Sony Pictures launching distributed denial of service (DDoS)-type attacks on websites containing its stolen data.

Tony says: “It is technically possible to use Amazon for this type of attack, but the move is in violation of the cloud provider's terms of service”.

Tony goes on to say that if Sony is responsible, it is apparently using a method of restricted access to 'make the website crawl'. 

Tony explains: “Instead of bombarding the address, it is a slow trickle attack on it. A crawling attack makes it awkward to access the information: it chews up bandwidth but doesn't deny it.”

However, he adds: Amazon's terms of use specifically don't permit that to happen, so Sony would never admit to doing this.

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