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Sony launches massive cyberattack against download sites

Sony launches massive cyberattack against download sites
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Late last month, a hacker group broke in and stole around 100 terabytes of information from Sony Pictures, including films and financial info. Now, bits and pieces of that stolen data are becoming available on the Internet. But, Sony isn't just going to sit back and watch its stolen information hit the Web. In the fact, the company is allegedly taking a page out of hackers' books to prevent people from downloading its stolen information.

The company is using hundreds of computers in Asia to execute what’s known as a denial of service attack on sites where its pilfered data is available, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter.

 A denial of service attack is basically a cyberattack that uses massive amounts of computer generated traffic to clog up and crash Web services. Last time Sony was hacked, it took a different approach. Gawker got its hands on leaked emails that show that Sony was hacked back in February but stayed quiet about the situation.

Sony obviously doesn't want any more of its data exposed. We've already seen internal emails leaked that have several execs in hot water after they've made insulting comments about celebrities and even the President.

Next page: Find out how Sony is pulling off its cyberattack
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