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172w 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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xUb3rn00dlEx's Avatar
#52 - xUb3rn00dlEx - 172w ago
It's not so much the server as it is the bandwidth for a typical DDoS. The reason you need many people is to flood the network - it's safe to presume Sony's bandwidth exceeds most typical large organisations (As it has to serve PSN etc..) which takes many many MANY connections to take out.

10 people down 1 line is maxed out at 1 lines bandwidth
10 people down 10 lines maxes out at 10 lines bandwitdh
I understand that better now thank you. But my question I guess now is while I understand it's not so much the server, college campus's have a lot of bandwidth to go around do they not? Would it require controlling each individual PC, or just the server (seeing as how it is what everything connects to) to use for the attack? A coordinated college attack would be pretty sick to see, especially from the liberal colleges.
I won't lie down and conform. Once you start doing what big business wants you to, you might as well and go work for them.
But that is what they want isn't it? We already do what big business wants us to, we follow the system. If they could hire all of us, they'd be uber-thrilled, as they would now control our salaries, and slap us with a contract that leashes us to the master. Because what would we possibly do without our precious salaries?

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#51 - plaguereign - 172w ago
I bought my PS3 to play the exclusives. I was happy to pay for my online services, but now I don't care. I won't use an online service of a company that is as hypocritical as sony. For instance, they tried to shut down discovery in the otherOS case while thriving on it in their own case against geohot and failoverflow.

Putting up with hypocrisy for the sake of playing online is basically telling sony that you will lie down and take their crap because you agreed to the PSN TOS. Personally, I wont agree to it because they can alter the system anytime they please if you do sign on. No thanks.

You guys that haven't should read through the replies on the PSN blog. They are lumping everyone who hacks their systems into the same boat. That is the ignorance I was speaking of. The people that blindly support a corporation without thinking with their own minds are just taking up space. And to think, most of them are the next generation.

I won't lie down and conform. Once you start doing what big business wants you to, you might as well and go work for them.

Realee's Avatar
#50 - Realee - 172w ago
Hey guys. I was just wondering, I know you can manually connect to the farm they're organizing, but I'm curious about how hard it would be to use a college server to conduct these attacks? I am strictly speaking hypothetically and out of yearn for information, but is it possible?
It's not so much the server as it is the bandwidth for a typical DDoS. The reason you need many people is to flood the network - it's safe to presume Sony's bandwidth exceeds most typical large organisations (As it has to serve PSN etc..) which takes many many MANY connections to take out.

10 people down 1 line is maxed out at 1 lines bandwidth
10 people down 10 lines maxes out at 10 lines bandwitdh

xUb3rn00dlEx's Avatar
#49 - xUb3rn00dlEx - 172w ago
Hey guys. I was just wondering, I know you can manually connect to the farm they're organizing, but I'm curious about how hard it would be to use a college server to conduct these attacks? I am strictly speaking hypothetically and out of yearn for information, but is it possible?

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#48 - PS3 News - 172w ago
From Sony via IGN (ps3.ign.com/articles/115/1159776p1.html), added to the first post also:
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.

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