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April 4, 2011 // 6:54 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, PlayStationLifeStyle.net 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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#42 - plaguereign - April 5, 2011 // 4:45 pm
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I love how people whine about not being able to play games on PSN. The people that condemn hackers for the actions of few are as bad as racists. Saying all hackers are evil is like saying all of a race is lazy. Hackers have done great things for almost any industry. Without PS3 hackers, we wouldnt be running homebrew and playing backups. Same with ahy game system released. Microsoft is even embracing hackers as far as the kinect is concerned.

I wish more companies would take this perspective and allow homebrew and backups of your OWN games. In another breath, forcing people to pay 60 dollars per game only to find out the game sucks needs to stop. Sure, you can return the game, but only, for the same game.

People who blindly support a corporation even tho it is chastizing those who have done GREAT things for the industry are blind followers, not leaders. You can tell this by reading the comments on that psn blog posted earlier. Everyone said basically the same thing; "PSN is teh down 'nd teh hackers are teh suck". Instead of blindly following a corporation who is obviously only looking out for its bottom line, THINK FOR YOURSELF! Ask the questions "they" dont want you to. Make the comments that ruffle feathers. Conforming is no way to live freely. Conforming gets you one thing; MORE RULES. This is a digital revolution.

This lawsuit will set the "rules" for future consoles and devices. If you want a corporation to tell you that you are only renting your equipment, then go with sony and dont ask questions and ruffle feathers.

I don't agree with what Anonymous is doing, but since talking doesn't seem to be getting the job done with sony, someone has to do something to show our points of view. Sony does things that look alright for their bottom line. They have proven that in the past. OtherOS is gone. PSN+ just gives you a crappy game or discount on other things I wouldnt pay for. But, when we ask for otherOS back, because it wasnt financially advantageous for them, they told us to basically go to hell.

I say we tell them how we feel. Tell them we wont take their shit anymore. Maybe try and setup an entire quarter of boycotting Sony. Get everyone you know to not buy anything of theirs for AT least 3 months. If we get enough people to do this, it will effect their precious bottom line.

#41 - CJPC - April 5, 2011 // 2:46 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by leukotic View Post
This is quite a fabrication. I usually have to burn quite a few DVD's when they get minor scratches (since my PS3 cannot handle scratched DVD's without constant skipping and freezing) and I have never had this problem. Although I do strip all copyright protection, so perhaps a straight clone might have these issues. But cleaned ISO's have always worked fine for me on my fully updated PS3.


Yeah- I am assuming they are talking about the cinavia stuff, which does just that.

#40 - laz305 - April 5, 2011 // 2:43 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by heartagram62 View Post
UK PSN - now down https://secure.eu.playstation.com/psn I wish that hackers would leave this alone! They ain't going to achieve anything by this! Just upset a hell of a lot of people who have no intrest in hacking their console.

Just because wrong doings do not effect you personally don't let injustice go ideally by. So how would you like it if Mercedes or Lexus pulls a factory recall on your car and no one says a word. Probably a bad analogy but you see my point. Your a consumer whether you believe it or not this will effect you in the long run.

#39 - tableturner - April 5, 2011 // 2:03 pm
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good, bad, bah, look, i know it's a bummer to go and use something only to find you can't. people want to use psn. oh no, temporarily out of service, ugh; well, people also wanted to use other os... see where i'm going?

anyway, my dose sense in the matter is; these lawsuits need global attention as the results are determining a great deal of what happens online for everybody. it's good to be informed with these matters if only to see the shape of things to come.

you can bet any company that loses money due to piracy online is watching all this sony stuff go down with vested interest. information is at stake here, and privacy a casualty, and still no one is paying it the attention it deserves, even when that's the direction the entire world is moving in. i don't wish anything i'll upon anyone, but i believe the louder this story gets the better.

#38 - kablooey - April 5, 2011 // 10:14 am
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Go Sony, GO!!! I'm entirely with you. Go find them and destroy them all!!!

#37 - leukotic - April 5, 2011 // 9:38 am
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NOTE: Anonymous Don't know if this has been brought to attention before, but as yet another form of censorship, Sony's Blue ray player in the PS3 now mutes the audio of any burned CD/DVD, meaning when you watch a movie... about 20 mins in, the audio will Mute and a message will come up saying it has been muted due to copyright laws.


This is quite a fabrication. I usually have to burn quite a few DVD's when they get minor scratches (since my PS3 cannot handle scratched DVD's without constant skipping and freezing) and I have never had this problem. Although I do strip all copyright protection, so perhaps a straight clone might have these issues. But cleaned ISO's have always worked fine for me on my fully updated PS3.

#36 - Keeper75 - April 5, 2011 // 6:49 am
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Quote Originally Posted by ArsenalMark View Post
Such a pathetic action - if I didn't come on the internet last night to actually find out this was happening I wouldn't have even known due to how insignificant the attacks were, signed into PSN all fine.

Sony shrugged it off easily. Anon are pathetic. As are there supporters.

You really don't know who anonymous is/are, do you...? just one small tip: they've hacked a cybersecurity company that works for NSA.

although i do not own a ps3, i've been checking this forum since July last year when all this started, and looking at it from my non-ps3 user perspective, i would NEVER buy a ps3 nowadays because the way sony is behaving. It's a pitty that ps3 users must suffer for a little bit but in war, there's always casualties and this war is for a bigger good...for all of us... for all kind of products, not just ps3/sony.

anyway... extracted from thehackernews.com/2011/04/anonymous-takes-down-sony-pictures-us.html:
Where do Anonymous start?

Sony is a very hard target to DDoS, and due to the current firepower we have, we cannot take out their bigger sites. Luckily for Anonymous, Sony have many other smaller sites. DDoS'ing each of these will attract a lot of attention and more users to the network. For each site Anonymous take down of theirs, our firepower will increase.

When Anonymous have hundreds in the hive, Anonymous will go for the massive targets.

Targets:
1. www.sonypictures.co.uk
2. www.sony-europe.com
3. http://www.sonypictures.com/

NOTE: Anonymous Don't know if this has been brought to attention before, but as yet another form of censorship, Sony's Blue ray player in the PS3 now mutes the audio of any burned CD/DVD, meaning when you watch a movie... about 20 mins in, the audio will Mute and a message will come up saying it has been muted due to copyright laws.

This ties in to operation Payback and I think it should be brought to attention. May help get people in the hive.


Sources: http://www.next-gen.biz/news/anonymous-targets-sony-employees and http://playstationlifestyle.net/2011/04/04/anonymous-gets-serious-attacks-sony-employees/

Splinter group Sony Recon begins gathering personal information on Sony staff, legal team and relatives.

A group related to the “hacktivist” group Anonymous has taken its attack on Sony a step further, gathering the personal details of Sony employees, as well as the firm’s legal team and the judge involved in the PS3 hacking lawsuit.

Yesterday we reported that the increasingly political hacking group had Sony in its sights, launching Operation Sony, a coordinated campaign of DDOS attacks on Sony websites. The Sony Recon group, however, says it is gathering the personal information of “useful targets”, PlayStation Lifestyle reports.

Among those targets is Robert S. Wiesenthal, a group executive at Sony Corp. His marital status, age, address, education and family history have all been discovered and shared among the group, which is also targeting Howard Stringer, chairman, president and CEO of Sony Corp. One user asked on IRC: “No one found ANY info on Stringer’s kids?”

Sony Recon also deems as suitable targets those involved in the PS3 hacking lawsuits currently being brought against George “Geohot” Hotz, Graf Chokolo and up to 100 unnamed members of the fail0verflow group, with Sony Recon founder Randomtask posting to say: “Sony, the judge and Sony’s lawyers are all valid targets.”

Noted PS3 hacker Kakarotoks posted on Twitter to say he had spoken to Randomtask, and was assured that Sony Recon did not intend to carry out any personal attacks on the people whose details they discover, insisting that it was focused on “gathering information that is already publicly available, in the hope of finding something incriminating to help in the lawsuit. Anonymous is against violence or threatening/attacking people. He says nothing illegal is being done.”

Anonymous is targeting Sony for its conduct in its moves to shore up PS3 security after the device was hacked late last year. The group accused Sony of having “abused the judicial system in an attempt to censor information on how your products work... You have victimised your own customers merely for possessing and sharing information, and continue to target every person who seeks this information. In doing so you have violated the privacy of thousands.”

#35 - ArsenalMark - April 5, 2011 // 5:58 am
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Such a pathetic action - if I didn't come on the internet last night to actually find out this was happening I wouldn't have even known due to how insignificant the attacks were, signed into PSN all fine.

Sony shrugged it off easily. Anon are pathetic. As are there supporters.

#34 - B4rtj4h - April 5, 2011 // 3:37 am
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As i thought... NO PSN problems... All my friends that i called (throughout the Netherlands and Belgium have no problems.)

#33 - weii - April 5, 2011 // 2:27 am
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While I agree that Sony can shove the Move controllers up their rear, what the group did was not right. It does not really help anyone, all it does it is giving more bad names to hackers, and in this case, people who hacks/want to hack PS3.