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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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#12 - barrybarryk - April 5, 2011 // 12:14 am
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damn straight, and the mass publicity around it won't do sony any favours regardless of how effective the DDoS attacks are (though they are proving to be quite effective lol)

#11 - PSPSwampy - April 5, 2011 // 12:09 am
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Ooooooo sounds ominous! Guess i'm screw then - just watched the anonymous video and if they (Anonymous) don't get their way - sony will be after my IP address from youtube for watching their vid too!

I hate all this corporate bull as much as the next guy, but (sorry to day this) i can't see myself queuing up to compain at my local sony store - unfortunately this is exactly the outcome that sony were hoping for - scaring customers so that they won't stand up for their rights for fear of beign sued by them!

(I'll just have to sit on the side-lines and watch as the fun unfolds!)

P.s. Just checked and is still up (at the moment).

p.p.s. Wow - this news is all over the place, nothing like bringing people's attention to an issue!

#10 - barrybarryk - April 4, 2011 // 11:58 pm
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There's also a radio station & irc room bringing live updates on what's happening -

#9 - PS4 News - April 4, 2011 // 11:56 pm
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Thanks for the news ConsoleDev and +Rep, moved to the main page now as well.

#8 - daveribz - April 4, 2011 // 10:13 pm
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US PSN- now down - now down.

This is getting bigger and bigger

#7 - brandonb21 - April 4, 2011 // 7:56 pm
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they just attacked and is down join their irc they are taking down sony as i speak via dds

#6 - buffaoo monty - April 4, 2011 // 7:46 pm
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Dont want to sound to rude, but sony go screw yourself. You have brought this on yourselves. I wish you success (like hell I do!) in trying to avoid what you deserve

#5 - Chivafighter - April 4, 2011 // 7:21 pm
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Wow, now lets wait for sonys response. we can go far if we get more media attention

#4 - barrybarryk - April 4, 2011 // 6:51 pm
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Epic lol

#3 - anon777 - April 4, 2011 // 6:38 pm
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payback time