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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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#32 - adrianc1982 - April 5, 2011 // 6:41 am
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This is not cool you guys, really they are anoying everyone not just sony. If users want to jailbreak thats their own thing, but screwing with everyone is not fun or cool, this group doesn't respect others and thats why they fail hard. I'm not happy about this.

#31 - SwordOfWar - April 5, 2011 // 6:24 am
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WOHOO! Go anonymous!

#30 - heartagram62 - April 5, 2011 // 6:24 am
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UK PSN - now down 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.

#29 - capcrazykidd - April 5, 2011 // 6:22 am
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see here:

#28 - barrybarryk - April 5, 2011 // 6:13 am
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Quote Originally Posted by B4rtj4h View Post
This is SO FAKE!! And get a life -.-

When you Bang down Sony we can't play our games :|.

Tell that to graf, failoverfl0w and geohot. As far as I'm concerned anything they do to draw more attention to sony's frivolous lawsuits is welcomed.

#27 - B4rtj4h - April 5, 2011 // 6:04 am
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This is SO FAKE!! And get a life -.-

When you Bang down Sony we can't play our games :|.

#26 - leukotic - April 5, 2011 // 5:58 am
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All interesting, although not sure what good will come of this. Might just make things worse and help Sony prove (or at least reinforce) the intent of the PS3 hackers as malicious. This could end up backfiring.

#25 - JugMuffin - April 5, 2011 // 5:46 am
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I already spoke with my wallet and steering everyone I know away from all Sony products. I have not bought a new PS3 game since Linux was dropped. I HAVE bought and rented xbox 360 games and renewed my paid XBL account.

While Anonymous is being terribly irresponsible in a number of ways, they are also doing more to bring the issues to light than anyone else has. Even if just one person on PSN closes their account and swears off Sony because of this it will be worth it. If people are not concerned about the way a company treats its paying customers and the general public who do not even own a PS3, they deserve all the PSN outages they endure.

Realize that while this harasses innocents, those innocents DO need to understand better what is really going on. If nothing else, effing up the online store should be sufficient. People could still use the PSN but be unable to give Sony any money.

#24 - Neo Cyrus - April 5, 2011 // 4:42 am
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I'm surprised it took so long. Sony's US sites seem up now.

#23 - gygabyte666 - April 5, 2011 // 3:36 am
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Although I admit I am enjoying watching this all unfold and it's about damn time a group like this has come together to try to show they don't accept this BS anymore, I have to wonder, is this really going to help any of us in the long run?

I mean think about it, even if this goes public and starts popping up all over the news channels, how much of this is really going to benefit us consumers in the long stretch? Denial of Service Attacks?! That's a pretty damn good way to get company attention alright but it's not really the kind of attention most of us need right now. We need attention from Sony that proves we won't stand for their BS anymore. Not the kind of attention that screams "Hey! We are pretty much begging for you to throw lawsuit after lawsuit on us only to get no real point across at all except that we are all vengeful, pissed off hackers who like to attack web-domains to try to earn the respect of a company who clearly doesn't give a crap to begin with."

Don't get me wrong. I am ALL for what these guys are 'trying' to accomplish. I understand the frustration and the anger of watching a company that you put so much into over the course of several decades only to have it piss in your face and tell you that you're about as meaningless as a fart in the wind. I get it I really do I just don't think this is really going to help us out as a community of people who want their voices heard. I just see this attack as another can of fuel that the giant crab is gonna use against us later down the line for as long as they can hold it against us (which by recent events proves that could be a very long time). Not only that but how good is this gonna look if it makes it to the news?

I mean, Hackers and attacks are generally two words that don't really go together very well in a news story. They are generally used to scare the public into an uproar. Not to mention all the fanboys are gonna have a field day with this when/if they can access the PS forums/blogs again. For all I know, they probably already are. I applaud the guys for trying to get back at this scummy filth that we call a company but I don't think attacks like this are the best way to get the attention we deserve out of Sony or the media. Attacking them is really not making us look any better than the crock they've been pulling on all of us recently. This makes us look just as guilty (if not more so) of inappropriate behavior as them. The only difference is they have the lawyers and the cash cow to be able to pull themselves out of any kind of financial/legal trouble they get into. We need to be the ones to set the example.

I'm sticking to my original gut feeling of hitting them in the wallet. I figure that is the ONLY fail-safe, sure-fire way to hit them where it really is gonna hurt. I don't buy any Sony JUNK anymore. No controllers, no Move, no accessories, NOTHING! I still support game devs and buy games but only used (Sorry devs, blame the crab) so that Sony sees no potential profit in it. I say thats still the best way to hit them where it counts. Maybe i'm wrong and for our communities sake, I sincerely hope I am and I wish this team the best, but unfortunately logic and history just tells me differently.

I personally hope things change. I like my PS3 and would gladly invite a PS4 into my home one day but not at the cost of liberties and freedoms. If this is truly how Sony intends to keep doing business I hope the PS4 never sees the light of day and the company as a whole dies out because they destroyed their fanbase and demolished their customer's loyalty.

-Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst. No matter how you look at this, the best (or worst) is yet to come.