111w ago - Update: IGN now reports that Sony stated the following regarding the Anonymous Hacker Group's actions, to quote:
"We are currently investigating, including the possibility of targeted behavior of an outside party. If this is indeed caused by such an act, we want to once again thank our customers who have borne the brunt of the attack through interrupted service. Our engineers are working to restore and maintain the services, and we appreciate our customers' continued support."
Today Wired reports that an anonymous hacking group originating from the 4Chan board has has officially declared war on Sony for alleged abuse, victimisation and privacy violations in the legal action against a group of PS3 hackers.
Sony's Sr. Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media Patrick Seybold has confirmed that PSN has been experiencing intermittent service as well.
To quote: "In an image, posted to the website AnonNews, a member of the group states, "Sony, you have now received the undivided attention of Anonymous. Your recent legal action against our fellow hackers, Geohot and Graf_Chokolo, has not only alarmed us, it has been deemed wholly unforgivable."
George "Geohot" Hotz and the German-born Alexander "graf_chokolo" Egorenkov are two of the hackers who dismantled the PlayStation 3's security architecture and made the information public. This data has made homebrew software, game piracy and cheating in online games a common occurrence on the console.
To fight back, Sony has entered a long and bitter legal campaign against the coders and their associates.
Since January 2011, Hotz has been entangled in a court case with Sony's American division. In February 2011, Sony Europe demanded German police raid Egorenkov's home and seize any equipment related to hacking the PS3. The Japanese gaming titan has also threatened to sue the cheeky coder for a whopping million euros.
Sony has also had varying degrees of success in demanding information from other sites and services in relation to the case. Paypal gave up all the information on Hotz's account and Sony was able to see the IP addresses of everyone who has visited the hacker's website.
The manifesto says that the forthcoming attacks will also be for reasons other than the legal actions against Hotz and Egorenkov. "Your corrupt business practices are indicative of a corporate philosophy that would deny consumers the right to use products they have paid for, and rightfully own, in the manner of their choosing," the poster reads.
"Perhaps you should alert your customers to the fact that they are apparently only renting your products?" it asks. "Anonymous would like to inform you that you have only been 'renting' your web domains."
Which, presumably, is a call to arms for DDoS attacks and other online villainy against Sony. The group, working under the name " Operation Payback" has used similar techniques to bring down websites for the MPAA and RIAA."
Finally, according to reports SonyRecon has formed to join in attacks on Sony and Kilpatrick Townsend, the law firm representing Sony.
PS3 hacker KaKaRoToKS has tweeted the following on the situation: Just spoke with the guy from #SonyRecon, he assures me there is nothing like that, no attacks on people and no plans to, ONLY *recon*, gathering information that is already publicly available, in the hopes of finding something incriminating to help in the lawsuit. Anonymous is against violence or threatening/attacking people. He says nothing illegal is being done, and news sites are reporting the information wrong.
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Good that they realized that DDoS'ing the PSN isn't cool for the legal PS3 owner which bought games to play them online with their friends. I also had an error code yesterday evening, but I didn't care.
This is like hijacking planes and sending them straight into two large buildings with no care in the world about the colateral damage. then hiding away so no one can find you and then claim it is for a cause ... o wait ... this sounds like terrorism ... An then people wonder why the world is in chaos (Zimbabwe and Libia are two good examples).
I feel for George and more so for Graf_Chokolo in the situation they are in, but surely this is not the way to go. If you feel so strongly about defending these guys being sued and about an operating system being taken away (which by the way you can get back on your system) and whatever other reason you can think of, the get of your rear and support them in the courts!
Have you ever considered that if those being sued lose their case, that $ony will come after you? And I would be amazed that this kind of unthoughtful action would stop $ony in any way (Agreed - it would be hilarious if it does stop $ony).
They have big guns and lots of bullets and in war it always happen that the guy with the most bullets win!
What you are doing is preventing hundreds of thousands of people of they joy of playing online. They did nothing against you - why are they being punished. (And I am not really an online gamer so this affects me very little). If you want to wage your war on $ony, do so in a respectable manner whereby consumers don't get affected. If you are as clever as you say, then surely you are clever enough to rather hit them in a way that will not inconvenience others who has done nothing against you.
Have you ever thought of rather doing something that takes away from $ony and gives to all the online users? I dunno ... perhaps automatically sending them a premium theme next time they log on ... or something like that?