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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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#22 - Ruck1707 - April 5, 2011 // 3:35 am
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Highly applaud Anonymous, just one thing. Leave the PSN alone so I can enjoy my games in the little bit of down time I have.

#21 - cyberfix - April 5, 2011 // 3:15 am
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I am doing more than complaining about. I am getting ready to sale my modded PSP. I will keep my PS3, but will stick with home brew applications instead of buying games that I might consider otherwise. I will think twice before shelling out thousands on games from Sony (I think I have about 40 original games and most were purchased new). Some are still unopened!

Finally, if it keeps up, I will consider supporting Xbox on the next generation instead of Sony. That is where it makes a difference. I am just one of many that have grown tired of their ways. I have worked for multiple Japanese companies, but Sony will never be on my resume!

/p End of Venting!!! p/ :-)

#20 - PS4 News - April 5, 2011 // 3:10 am
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SCEA has posted a brief update on their blog now as well:
Sr. Director, Corporate Communications & Social Media Patrick Seybold

We're aware that some of you have been experiencing intermittent service on PSN today. We're working on finding a solution, and will report back here as soon as it's resolved.

Thank you for your patience.

#19 - chrykel - April 5, 2011 // 2:41 am
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sony i'd like you to meet our /b/ig /b/rother(s)

#18 - rainrox - April 5, 2011 // 2:19 am
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Why dont you just keep on hacking the PS3 and leave sony's website alone? These anonymous guys are involving millions of people not interested in hacking/jb/homebrews/backups with their attacks.

#17 - elser1 - April 5, 2011 // 2:03 am
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This is kool..haha
ill go to the brisbane store if there is 1 to display mutter utter disgust for this ****pany,but ill probably be alone..LOL

#16 - barrybarryk - April 5, 2011 // 1:40 am
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well the idea is to raise awareness whilst affecting revenue streams.. which is working.

#15 - Transient - April 5, 2011 // 1:24 am
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I don't see how this will help George Hotz's case at all, but I guess it brings more attention to the situation.

Also, I wish people, including anonymous, would use the correct alias for him which is "geohot" all lowercase. That sounds nitpicky, but it's an important part when you consider some of Sony's arguments in the lawsuit.

#14 - v3ng3ance - April 5, 2011 // 12:20 am
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... nice... iphone has been JBed and yet it continues to outsell its competition so i cannot understand sony's lawsuit... waiting for Sony's response... power to the consumers, i say...

#13 - Moreniu - April 5, 2011 // 12:16 am
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Everything in us is still up for me, from Latin America.