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Old 05-08-2011, 10:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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In a letter sent to the US Congress on Wednesday, Sony Corp. executive vice president Kaz Hirai implicated members of the "hacktivist" collective Anonymous in the cyberattack that brought down the PlayStation Network. The following day, the group sent out a press release saying that any inquiry into the matter would prove the organization is innocent in the data breach, which led to the leak of some 77 million PSN users' personal information, as well as that of Sony Online Entertainment's user base.

Now, two individuals claiming to be "veteran" members of Anonymous are singing a different tune. Speaking to the Financial Times, the pair say that the people behind the information theft were almost certainly elements of the collective engaged in an anti-Sony crusade dubbed "OpSony."

"The hacker that did this was supporting OpSony's movements," one unnamed Anonymous member told the Times.

"Kayla," another member, went even further, saying, "If you say you are Anonymous, and do something as Anonymous, then Anonymous did it. Just because the rest of Anonymous might not agree with it, doesn't mean Anonymous didn't do it."

OpSony began in early April as a response to Sony's legal action against PlayStation 3 hacker George "GeoHot" Hotz. Anonymous then engaged in a series of denial-of-service attacks on a variety of Sony sites, leading to some instability.

Some 11 days later, the PlayStation Network suffered a data breach between April 17 and 19, which led to Sony taking the online service offline. In a press release several days later, Anonymous denied the organization had sanctioned the attacks.

As of Friday, the PSN remained down, although Sony said Thursday it is engaged in "final testing" for it to resume operations soon.


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Sorry, but Sony is talking out of their collective anal orifices. They were running an outdated and seriously under-protected system and so it was hacked big time. Now, to "save face" (what a lagugh in this situation) Sony is trying desperately to pin the whole thing on the most well-known Internet boogeyman, Anonymous.

The quotes from two so-called Anon members are both vague and, with nothing to back it up but their word, without substance. The second quote just ticks me off to no end, though... "If you say you are Anonymous, and do something as Anonymous, then Anonymous did it. Just because the rest of Anonymous might not agree with it, doesn't mean Anonymous didn't do it." So if I am an American and I lob a grenade at a foreign embassy then America has just declared war on that country? Give me a break.

Even if the hacker(s) behind this are a part of Anonymous you cannot blame an entire group for the actions of one or even a few. Sony needs to man up, admit they were basically inviting this to happen, and take direct responsibility for what has happened. Yes, those who hacked the system should be arrested and serve trial for their actions and deeds... but Sony is responsible for leaving the flipping barn doors wide open to start with.

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