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April 4, 2011 // 4:54 pm - 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."

Shortly following, 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 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.

Video: Anonymous Hacker Group Declares War on Sony Over PS3

Video: Anonymous Hacker Group Declares War on Sony Over PS3

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#82 - nafeasonto - April 7, 2011 // 4:25 am
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Isn't what these hackers are doing a little counter-productive? This is just going to piss off Sony more. There is a difference to trying to make a point, and then attacking something. Doing these kind of tactics especially imperialism, or attacking your opponent doesn't end well, for both sides.

#81 - shummyr - April 7, 2011 // 3:25 am
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this is just funny and hiliarous..

#80 - joffe - April 7, 2011 // 2:27 am
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Quote Originally Posted by barrybarryk View Post
Yeah seems to be some xss injection:

Yep, this is the overlay to be shown:

#79 - xUb3rn00dlEx - April 7, 2011 // 1:32 am
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LOL. If they quit, then to all the people who said this was a waste of time, I believe you were wrong? I wonder, since OtherOS could be brought back to the PS3, would they be able to use them to also contribute to the DDoS attacks? I think it would be hilarious if Sony was interrupted in large part by their own design, a cluster farm of PS3s ftw!

#78 - barrybarryk - April 7, 2011 // 1:32 am
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Yeah seems to be some xss injection:

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#77 - PS4 News - April 7, 2011 // 1:29 am
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+Rep barrybarryk, if that is legit it would be hilarious indeed... especially considering the number of DMCA's that firm has served us so far. However, the page seems dead so it may not be true after all:

#76 - barrybarryk - April 7, 2011 // 1:24 am
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Pure win >

We have decided, after much deliberation, to disaccociate ourselves with the case between Sony. Inc and G. Hotz due to the large DDOS attacks we have been recieving as a result of the case. We regret the decision but feel that it is for better, for both Sony Inc. and ourselves not to continue with them in their legal endeavours

That's right folks Sony's lawyers appear to have actually quit.

EDIT: I should add this could be a defacement but we'll have to wait and see for confirmation.

#75 - RevCube - April 7, 2011 // 12:53 am
RevCube's Avatar now redirects you to the uk site lol now they are the ones making workarounds.

#74 - B4rtj4h - April 6, 2011 // 9:43 pm
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It's people like me that get hit in the face by these small punks that wana wave free on the road of 2011... well wake up. cause there ain't no free road to heaven. And for the record. I am just as much as a hacker as you claim to be... it's just that i have 3 PS3's here... 2 hacked and 1 original.

And yeah... i like online gaming... and yeah... when i like a game i buy it. Seems like alot of people forgot what the real deal is about playing backups... but yell and call me what ever you like... i don't care ... and i am not selfish... if i was selfish i wouldn't be supporting piracy in the first place...

Anonymous has NOTHING to do with the jailbreak scene etc. They are just attacking companies that are making benefits by letting us (their customers) pay...

And i never said SONY i love you... and never said screw you hackers.

#73 - barrybarryk - April 6, 2011 // 9:15 pm
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Anonymous have issued another press release / update:

Greetings, Sony Customers And PS3 Users. We are Anonymous.

During the last few days, Anonymous has been targeting Sony for their outrageous treatment of not only PS3 users and jailbreakers, but also of the general public. Their propaganda regarding jailbreaking implies that it encourages piracy and thereby makes people lose their jobs, whereas jailbreaking actually just means you are making YOUR device do what it should do. Imagine if Microsoft forced you to use Internet Explorer instead of Firefox or Chrome. Imagine if they denied users from using any other web browser than their own. Many people would obviously be pissed... but then, why aren't you pissed at Sony?

The fact that their litigation demanded information on everyone who had viewed the material, was completely unacceptable. This is a threat not only to the gaming community, but to freedom of information in general. The fact that the privacy of individuals can be violated, simply for accessing information, and legal action can be taken for doing something with something you own, are steps far beyond the line. Anonymous decided it could not allow this to stand. If jailbreaking a phone for use of legal (unsigned) apps is found legal, why would this be any different for the Geohot case, seeing as Geohot explicitly states he does not support piracy?

Anonymous is not attacking the PSN at this time. Sony's official position is that the PSN is undergoing maintenance. We realize that targeting the PSN is not a good idea. We have therefore temporarily suspended our action, until a method is found that will not severely impact Sony customers.

Anonymous is on your side, standing up for your rights. We are not aiming to attack customers of Sony. This attack is aimed solely at Sony, and we will try our best to not affect the gamers, as this would defeat the purpose of our actions. If we did inconvenience users, please know that this was not our goal.

This operation is a response to Sony's attempt to deprive their customers of products they bought and therefore own, wholly and completely. Anonymous will not attempt to fight this by following the exact same course of action. We have plenty of tricks up our sleeves.

As a last point, we would like to point out that different operations are "run" by different people. Those who are involved in the organisation of OpSony, are not necessarily those involved in that of SonyRecon. Anonymous Operations are generally independent efforts, and it would be a mistake to assume that the same individuals are responsible for every action taken. Anonymous is comprised of people with diverse points of view, of which not all coincide with one another.

That being said, our campaign against Sony and others that would trample on the idea of free information will continue, until we are satisfied with the outcome.

We are Anonymous,
We are legion,
We never forgive,
We never forget,
Expect us.