Schneier on Sony Hack: It's not terrorism or war. We don't know North Korea did it


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#2

Yeah, but we will find Weapons of Mass Internet Hacking somewhere in NK, guaranteed.

Or not.


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“Sony’s reaction has all the markings of a company without any sort of coherent plan,”

As far as I can tell, SONY is several dozen companies who regularly duplicate efforts and don’t communicate well with each other. And that’s just considering their manifold approaches to DRM. A hack like this probably opens them up to a lot of vulturing by competitors, across the boards. I’d be scared if I were them. This could be a huge disruption.


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Isn’t it claimed that the hackers made off with 10TB worth of data? Surely someone here can break down how long it would take to siphon up 10TB over a typical US internet connection.

For instance, over my home internet I could upload 10 TB to the cloud in about never.


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Consider using a server in a colocation, on a gigabit+ line. Consider that a good part of the data may have been hosted in a similar colo facility, as companies don’t always have their data on their physical premises.

I managed to transfer multiple terabytes per hour. (But that was by carrying a hard drive from facility to facility.But, if it was an internal hack, as some rumours say, this could be the way used too.)

There are shingle-write disks on the market these days. 8-10 terabytes per disk, fairly affordable. Not too fast but nice to have for backups and physical data transportation.


#6

Well there’s your problem right there.


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IMHO maybe this was all just a big giant PR stunt to promote the movie. It has been done before.


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I remember reading some scifi where the bystanders ignored a major terror attack in the middle of a city or so because they thought it is an advertising stunt.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the future actually heads this way.


#9

The Axis of Evil strikes again!


#10

pretty sure this will be used to help justify the gov’t “protecting” the internet.


#12

Yeah, but as we all know, it’s not who gets it right: it’s who comes up with an answer first! Truthiness always wins because it was FRIST!


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