Sony attacks torrents to prevent spread of stolen data

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Sony Pictures, hit by a cyberattack that allowed hackers to steal sensitive data — including financial documents, email transcripts, unreleased movies, and celebrity social security numbers — has reportedly borrowed a leaf from the hackers’ books as it has begun to try to control the spread of its stolen documents.

Recode reports that locations sharing the have become the target of attacks set in motion by Sony itself. According to two sources familiar with the matter, the company is using Amazon Web Services’ data centers to flood the torrent files that contain the company’s stolen information with bad seeders, in an attempt to slow download speeds and limit access to the sensitive files. Despite these efforts, the leakers have already…

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