Anonymous attacking Sony?

Hacking group possibly targeting console maker over recent legal action against PS3 jailbreaker George Hotz.

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What we heard: Internet hacktivism has in large part been led in recent years by the loose collective known as Anonymous. The group has taken up the causes of a variety of free speech and Internet freedom advocates, including WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and US military whistle-blower Bradley Manning, using means that include distributed denial of service attacks to take retribution on perceived oppressors.

Now, it appears as if the plight of PlayStation 3 jailbreaker George Hotz (aka GeoHot) is the latest cause to have been taken up by Anonymous. In a post to its message board, the loose-knit organization appears to have declared war on Sony over legal action it has taken against Hotz as well as members of the fail0verflow hacking collective, including PS3 hacker Graf_Chokolo.

Anonymous may be mounting a DDoS attack on the PS3 at this very moment.

"Congratulations! You are now receiving the attention of Anonymous," the declaration reads. "Your recent legal actions against fellow internet citizens, GeoHot and Graf_Chokolo have been deemed an unforgivable offense against free speech and internet freedom, primary sources of free lulz (and you know how we feel about lulz.)"

"You have abused the judicial system in an attempt to censor information about how your products work," the message continued. "You have victimized your own customers merely for possessing and sharing information, and continue to target those who seek this information. In doing so you have violated the privacy of thousands of innocent people who only sought the free distribution of information.

"Your suppression of this information is motivated by corporate greed and the desire for complete control over the actions of individuals who purchase and use your products, at least when those actions threaten to undermine the corrupt stranglehold you seek to maintain over copywrong, oops, 'copyright.'"

The manifesto of sorts concludes by saying that the group will attack Sony's private domains. And, perhaps coincidentally enough, Sony appears to be suffering some stability issues today through the PlayStation 3's PlayStation Network.

GameSpot has found that the PSN is experiencing intermittent service and general lag while performing a variety of activities, including browsing and downloading through the PlayStation Store, receiving updates, and using the console's Internet browser. GameSpot has also encountered a variety of error messages, including, "An error has occurred during the installation operation (80710B23)."

Beyond the possible DDoS attack, Anonymous is attempting to organize a sit-in of sorts at SonyStyle stores. According to the group's Facebook page, the public action is being planned for April 16-17.

The official story: It is unclear whether the PSN's intermittent connectivity is a result of an Internet attack or general maintenance. In a post to its Twitter feed, the PS3 maker said, "PSN currently undergoing sporadic maintenance. Access to the PSN may be interrupted throughout the day. We apologize for any inconvenience."

Further, the publisher does not appear to be experiencing any issues with PlayStation.com or the PlayStation Blog. Sony had not responded to a request for comment on the alleged Anonymous attack as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: As yet unclear. Sony is clearly suffering a bout of instability on the PSN side, but it remains to be seen whether this is due to a DDoS attack or to routine maintenance.

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el3m2tigre
el3m2tigre

@Gamenapkin You do realize there's a sony HQ located in America, right?

Gamenapkin
Gamenapkin

Japanese have a hard time with English, this is why the Sony had difficulty in dealing with them. Please change target to attack Blizzard. They have tons wrong with World of WarCraft, they can speak english, and they won't fix it! There's your target. tyvm.

lonewolf1044
lonewolf1044

@Snicsnipe, I am not your buddy, you can do what you want to your console behind doors, but once you come out and play with the masses, you are open to whatever Sony wishes to do. I give a hoot on what you do behind closed doors but when you come from behind them that is when I care. If you feel you can do what you want to do, come from behind that closed door that is if you are not scared. Yes, the console is yours but it is not to do what you want and when you purchased that console you are bound to the rules that company set forth and the courts will back the company as shown. So keep on thinking you can do what you please being it is your hide that would be on the line and not mine.

DitchyJ
DitchyJ

@Chizaqui Seriouslly? are you for real? Are you all hippies? What exactly are they doing wrong these big corporations? They all started from the group up...they havent raped..pillaged, started wars..HACKED or anything illegal. They got to where they are through there products and support...and now that they are acting against a fellow nerd who hacked there products...its wrong? Im curious to see how all these hackers etc would run a corporation...i doubt they would even rise to the rank of a lemonade stand!

DitchyJ
DitchyJ

Anonymous? Ohhh so there freedom fighters? A sort of justice league, but geekier and dont have all the strength, physical appearence and have any real contribution to society? Well thats ok then! Seriously though lol They can hack and hate corporations that earn money ect all they want...but at the end of the day, we all go outside, have wives and girlfriends. Happy days

Slim-Jim2011
Slim-Jim2011

Sony needs to make an example outta these hackers. Sony does what they do cause they're a multi-billion company they can sue these spoiled college hackers and they're moms and dads won't bail 'em out cause hacking is WRONG. Hacking can put you in prison for a while. Sony shouldn't have let GeoHotz walk free and they shouldn't let these hackers walk free, put they're candy a$$es in prison.

Chizaqui
Chizaqui

Good, glad to see someone standing up to the corporations. I don't hack myself, but it's things like what Sony pulled that are hacking away at our civil liberties and freedoms. Thank you, Anonymous.

Vengeful_Angel
Vengeful_Angel

anomaly3001, disks have a long, LONG way to go before being obsolete. As good as Onlive seems to be, it's still very new. There isn't going to be a rapid transistion, if that's what you're expecting.

Lewk-07
Lewk-07

@cubachino Sony is not a bully. Capitalism drives the world forward. Sony stands to lose alot of money from the actions of a few and that will hurt their business.

Lewk-07
Lewk-07

@Jelley0 You redirected the point of the comment. I paid money to enjoy a system. Forget weather or not i truly own it, the idea is people hacking the system ruins what i wish to enjoy. If you want a system that acts like a PC buy a PC.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@mardinn Insulting wasn't my attempt, as you can see from the "no offence" part. I just simply believe that a company with multiple people have thought this same thing through before any of us here. They have more brains in the company than a singular person here anyway.

cubachino
cubachino

Wow! Who knew Batman really existed!? I've posted my thoughts on how Sony is behaving like a bully before and now they are being bullied. Give them all you got Anonymous!

anomaly3001
anomaly3001

@Vengeful_Angel based on technology! if you haven't noticed discs are becoming obsolete in favor of hard drives!!! Streaming is top notch and can be streamed in HD Hard drives are becoming much cheaper because of the rise of Solid State drive tech! So what that means is Why pay hundreds of dollars for a console when all you need to do is download your games! Hence OnLive!

mardinn
mardinn

@TevoxZi Lets not insult, this is just a conversation. I did not know that he said that he would allow 3rd party softwares through OtherOS. Oh well.. Then we will just have to see what will happen, and like you said it is highly unlikely that Sony will put OtherOS back..

jemoedr
jemoedr

Ridiculous, it is stupid that they get caught for breaking the root key, it is their console, not sony's. They BOUGHT the console so it is to them to use them as they want. Breaking the rootkey DOES NOT MEAN using it for ILLEGAL games. But then hacking sony and mess stuff up for gamers is just childish...

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@mardinn Too bad GeoHotz made claims he would allow 3rd party softwares through Other OS, which is why it was removed in the first place. The removal of the Other OS, lead to hacking, but homebrew would've come either way, which would've lead to piracy. Obviously Sony is not going to put it back. Don't take this personally, but I do believe a group of people has more brains than you.

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

While some of you may think Geohotz's rights are being violated, Sony and PS3 gamers have rights as well. Geohotz has opened the door for hackers and these hackers are ruining the fun for everyone else. It all starts with this man. He is why hackers have made a breakthrough on PS3. This will piss people off and Sony will lose customers and affect their business. No company in the world would just sit there and let that happen.Sony are just standing up and protecting their business. And PS3 gamers also have the right to enjoy what they have paid for.. Not how hackers enjoy it. No one likes their fun being ruined. So I'm with Sony all the way here.

anomaly3001
anomaly3001

What people don't realize is...that consoles are on the brink!

anomaly3001
anomaly3001

Gamers and Users there is a real difference!!! LOL

Tennies07
Tennies07

Boy I just love when these heroic hackers take matters into their own hands. I get the whole free speech thing, and not wanting to spend all that money on games, and wanting to do whatever you want with your console but for crying out loud don't ruin our experience. As far as I'm concerned hackers can jog off because I pay my hard earned cash to play just like many other PS3 users, and call me crazy but I like to actually get my moneys worth.

Rovelius
Rovelius

I'm all up for free speech but this is ridiculous. Attacking the PSN will only piss off users. Sony are making millions as I'm typing this, you think a few thousands to get things working again will change anything? Also, Hotz knew what he was getting into. He should man up and assume the risks he took. This is so juvenile. O MAN I JUS, LEIK, WANT'D TO MAEK SONY LOSES MILLIONZ BUT NOW I GOT CAUGHT SO HERE'S MY FELLOW GEEK SQUAD DEFENDIN ME !!! Seriously, THIS is lulz

LanceVance87
LanceVance87

and now, because of those idiots called "Anonymous", the european Store for is yet to be actually updated. now go back and crush the "system", kthxbye.

djwood84
djwood84

@timewarp411 - Limewire eh? That's actually a pretty good analogy! Hmm... its an annoying situation because I really want to run homebrew on my system... Damn.

XragnaX
XragnaX

For the lulz my Arse

davek1979
davek1979

@LMW-STU: I printed out your post and put on my wall here. I simply can't stop laughing, thank you. Asking others to show respect to Japan while at the same time calling Japan f*cking, that takes mankind to a whole new depth.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

"Sporadic maintenance" lol yeah, hey sony, you got some egg on your face... right... there!

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Must be a slow news week. The same 5 things have been featured for 5 days now...

mardinn
mardinn

@Dancingdave Yes... it's very hard to admit that you've done something wrong, but if Playstation wants to be the bigger man in this then they should return it. I know this will cause an uproar but you got to spend a little, to gain a little.

Reiken37
Reiken37

"Your suppression of this information is motivated by corporate greed and the desire for complete control over the actions of individuals who purchase and use your products, at least when those actions threaten to undermine the corrupt stranglehold you seek to maintain over copywrong, oops, 'copyright.'" Taking it from the start "Your suppression of information", so they're saying Sony is withholding company secrets; "is motivated by corporate greed" aka the desire to keep your profits to keep the company afloat. "desire for complete control over the actions of individuals who purchase and use your products" That sounds bad, right? Well he goes on to say that he lied by saying "at least when those actions threaten the corrupt stranglehold you seek to maintain over copywrong, oops, copyright" So he is saying that sony is attempting to keep users from breaking the LEGAL and totally understandable copyright and terms of use. I think that is reasonable for Sony to want. As far as company secrets, I'd hardly say that they are doing that. An overreaction by Anon. I respected them for the westboro church incident, but this is stupid.

DeanoFantasy
DeanoFantasy

The console comes first, what are these people stupid or something!? if the hackers could hack into consoles years ago then ok but if they are complaing now due to better security then its tough s**t! its about the heath of the industry and GAMING! all you hackers can just f**k off imo, how can they even have the right to complain! what a bunch of tossers!

timewarp411
timewarp411

@djwood84 Agreed. But it doesn't really make his case any better. He is still the one to allow people to do this. Piracy will always be around, should he be able to walk free? I'm not saying lock the guy up but it's the same as Limewire being shut down because people were pirating songs.

LMW-STU
LMW-STU

So many wars going on now. Still no World War 3. And, I'm not American, but isn't hacking illegal and applisable to a 15-30 year jail sentence? And shame on them. SONy are in f*cking Japan! Show some respect, you inconsiderate pr*cks!

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

GeoHot, Anonymous and the rest of the hackers/pirates are nothing more than criminals and guess what anonymous has been threatening the United States goverment so that makes them Terrorists too. These guys only prove that they don't care about the industry of gaming entertainment we enjoy instead they want to steal and cheat their way in life.

darkangel494
darkangel494

I'll be LMAO if the servers get hit. Someone hi the resistance servers one day and the game was unplayable. I wonder what will happen if sony gets hit themselves :P

Dancingdave
Dancingdave

@mardinn 1: Returning the feature that endangered their service would be tantamount to admitting they didn't need to remove it in the first place. 2: It is endorsing the idea that the threat of cyber terrorism is enough to get what you want. 3: They are hardly spending ALL their money. 4: Litigation will create precedents that are helpful for the protection of intellectual property rights within the computer science industry.

lizzardman666
lizzardman666

Since when is a DDOS attack called hacking? To me they're no more than kids who want to feel important on the internet. Also, they're getting organized on public Facebook page. That's how 1337 they are.

lapiza
lapiza

@sosarene because pressing the big red button an taking millions of innocent people down with the big bad corporation for the greater good isn't the way to go about things. Anon is just another authoritarian organisation that seeks to exert its own point of view on others. Take a look at some of the actions they have taken. Disruption of government services on immigration and civil defence websites, disruption of services on the PSN. the keyword is service, they aren't hurting the big bad governments or big bad corporations they are hurting the people using their services. Why? because Anon does not want people using these services due to their opposition to these corporations. Think about the long term implications, people have to live in fear of their internet services being impaired because hacktivists like Anon do not agree with it. These same big bad corporations and governments whom provide millions of jobs, continuity within a nation, economic benefits and technological benefits are being hampered because some people don't agree with their point of view; where is the freedom in that?. Other entities who act like this to opposition include terroists, facists, dictatorships and authoritarians.

THE_DRUGGIE
THE_DRUGGIE

I still find it hilarious that the site they come from is censored here.

LegoMyGeggo
LegoMyGeggo

So they're attacking Sony and possibly disrupting PSN...something that's used for donating to Japan's crisis. Wow, Anon, you guys sure know how to play the "hero"

mardinn
mardinn

@Dancingdave Maybe he deserves it, but still They are using All the money they have on this case and they can't even support the "light" weight that Anonymous is putting on the PSN network? I am just saying that GeoHotz did something stupid, but look here. There is a Simple Solution. The name of that simple solution would be OtherOS. If Sony has the brains (which they clearly do not have) they would implement the idea again and then they would not have these kinda problems because the ones attacking Playstation are the people who wants OtherOS to come back, not hacking or playing PSN on a hacked console.

Arsenal193
Arsenal193

Wait, the jailbreak guy was STEALING from sony, but the consequences of stealing are deemed unforgivable? Bunch of internet geeks

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

these hackers are so ****in selfish and then they want to claim "it's for the good of the people"

DriftMachine
DriftMachine

Sony sued 2 dudes who are part of a much larger organization, about 100,000 strong plus an unknown amount of bot networks. I feel bad for the ps3 users, but Sony's greed started this fight. I wish the group found a better way to hurt Sony without affecting all the users. The group needs some grammar help lol. See there statement. Insider info on whats happening with the Sony battle http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/04/anonymous-attacks-sony-to-protest-ps3-hacker-lawsuit.ars This a site for the most recent vulnerabilities and hacking issues. http://www.hackernews.com/

gladin09
gladin09

So the hackers have come out of the dark revealing their existence o_O *gets out his gun*

YouVandal3
YouVandal3

i wonder how big bad 'anonymous' would do in big bad jail with big bad bubba????? probly have a BIG bad time id say.

Threesixtyci
Threesixtyci

I'm hoping that they all go to prison, myself. They are disrupting my life, more than Sony's.... and for that they must pay.