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Video: Anonymous Hacker Group Declares War on Sony Over PS3


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182w ago - Update: [Register or Login to view links] 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."

Shortly following, [Register or Login to view links] reported that Sony has enlisted a DDoS Defense Firm to combat the hackers.

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 [Register or Login to view links], 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 [Register or Login to view links], the law firm representing Sony.

PS3 hacker KaKaRoToKS has [Register or Login to view links] 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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B4rtj4h's Avatar
#62 - B4rtj4h - 182w ago
Haha ... they WISH they could make it stop . Hmm maybe they can... returning Linux would be a big start!

barrybarryk's Avatar
#61 - barrybarryk - 182w ago
Call Sony, they can make it stop.

B4rtj4h's Avatar
#60 - B4rtj4h - 182w ago
STUPID anonymous (and a lot more)..

Because of your incompetent actions WE users now can't use PSN or anything else anymore that is PSN related. Go back playing with your Xbox and leave us alone. We will handle ourselves just fine.

barrybarryk's Avatar
#59 - barrybarryk - 182w ago
Sony have always been planning an introduction of fees to PSN, The only reason its still free is they need to draw from the live market. And when it happens people have only themselves to blame, if it weren't for people massively uptaking such ridiculous schemes they wouldn't exist.

Just look at live, a few years ago the thought of paying for multiplayer after paying for a game was absurd now people pay for multiplayer, addons, patches and whatever else publishers can think of to further monetise their IP's. Stop paying for stuff that used to be free!

PSN+ is just the start.

MusicLord's Avatar
#58 - MusicLord - 182w ago
This gives Sony all the more reason to start charging for PSN, as they recently implemented this into their TOS: "SNEA, at its sole discretion, may modify the terms of this Agreement at any time, including imposing a fee for creating PSN accounts."

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