PlayStation Hackers Attacked from Amazon’s EC2

Are cloud services a hacker safe haven?

Three weeks ago, Amazon’s EC2 cloud service crashed. Around the same time, Sony’s PlayStation server, holding the personal information of more than 100 million Sony customers, also crashed. Though the events were seemingly unrelated, new information reveals that the hackers who brought down PlayStation, did so from an EC2 server.

The occurrence may simply be an interestingly timed fluke, but the hackers’ use of an external cloud service in order to safeguard their identities, raises larger questions about online security. Do cloud services, like Amazon’s EC2, offer a safe haven for internet hooligans?

The Amazon account of those responsible for the PlayStation debacle has been reportedly shut down, but Amazon will likely face some hard questions from government investigators looking for someone to blame for the security breech nightmare.

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