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April 6, 2011 // 6:21 am - Update #2: Anonymous have now issued another Press Release essentially stating that they plan to cease the attacks on Sony but intend to pursue other ways of getting Sony's attention.

Update: reports that Sony has now stated the following to their PSN customers regarding the recent attacks, to quote: "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."

As a follow-up to our previous article, today PlayStation LifeStyle (linked above) interviewed the Anonymous hacking group that has been attacking Sony who states the worst is yet to come, while has shared a fix for those experiencing issues with PSN.

From the PSL interview: "So far, all Sony has seen from us is poking and prodding. A simple salute to let them know, we're coming. Make no mistake, what you saw today and thought to be frustration is merely preparation for what's to come. We said, expect us. Counting us out, would be a mistake.

For the sake of not shooting ourselves in the foot, I won't comment on specific operational tactics we may or may not employ here. I will however say, that if Sony thinks LOIC (Low Orbit Ion Cannon) is the only trick in our hat... they're in for a hell of a wake up call. We're really going all out for this one.

There are many different faces to the operation. Something we encourage is creative thinking. To the consumers I would say... Before you judge us, take the time to understand us."

Anonymous have also made available a new video (below), issued a Press Release admitting that hacking PSN isn't a good idea, but posted what appears to be a list of demands, to quote:

"1. Sony must allow for end-user modification of the PS3, as was available prior to the 3.21 firmware update.

2. Sony must end any attempts to bring legal action to alter a product they own.

3. Sony must not pursue legal action against any collected IP address."

Finally, to quote from on the PSN issue fix: "Here is an alternative: Go to Network Settings - Internet Connection Settings - Custom - Select your connection method - Manual Settings - Scroll through until you get to DNS Settings - Select Manual - Enter for Primary and for Secondary.

Now we should let you know beforehand that this is not a proven method and what is doing is redirecting the DNS (Domain Name Service) from the original PSN servers to google's DNS servers. and are the ip addresses for the official Google DNS. A DNS converts ip addresses into readable website names and assists in related network traffic. According to reports of a good number of users, the fix seems to work for some but not for others."

Anonymous Sony Hackers Interviewed by PSL, PSN Down Fix

Anonymous Sony Hackers Interviewed by PSL, PSN Down Fix

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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.