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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: GameSpot.com 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 KickArss.com 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 KickArss.com 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 8.8.8.8 for Primary and 8.8.4.4 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. 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 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."











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#52 - xUb3rn00dlEx - April 6, 2011 // 3:55 am
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Quote Originally Posted by Realee View Post
It's not so much the server as it is the bandwidth for a typical DDoS. The reason you need many people is to flood the network - it's safe to presume Sony's bandwidth exceeds most typical large organisations (As it has to serve PSN etc..) which takes many many MANY connections to take out.

10 people down 1 line is maxed out at 1 lines bandwidth
10 people down 10 lines maxes out at 10 lines bandwitdh

I understand that better now thank you. But my question I guess now is while I understand it's not so much the server, college campus's have a lot of bandwidth to go around do they not? Would it require controlling each individual PC, or just the server (seeing as how it is what everything connects to) to use for the attack? A coordinated college attack would be pretty sick to see, especially from the liberal colleges.
Quote Originally Posted by plaguereign View Post
I won't lie down and conform. Once you start doing what big business wants you to, you might as well and go work for them.

But that is what they want isn't it? We already do what big business wants us to, we follow the system. If they could hire all of us, they'd be uber-thrilled, as they would now control our salaries, and slap us with a contract that leashes us to the master. Because what would we possibly do without our precious salaries?

#51 - plaguereign - April 6, 2011 // 3:09 am
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I bought my PS3 to play the exclusives. I was happy to pay for my online services, but now I don't care. I won't use an online service of a company that is as hypocritical as sony. For instance, they tried to shut down discovery in the otherOS case while thriving on it in their own case against geohot and failoverflow.

Putting up with hypocrisy for the sake of playing online is basically telling sony that you will lie down and take their crap because you agreed to the PSN TOS. Personally, I wont agree to it because they can alter the system anytime they please if you do sign on. No thanks.

You guys that haven't should read through the replies on the PSN blog. They are lumping everyone who hacks their systems into the same boat. That is the ignorance I was speaking of. The people that blindly support a corporation without thinking with their own minds are just taking up space. And to think, most of them are the next generation.

I won't lie down and conform. Once you start doing what big business wants you to, you might as well and go work for them.

#50 - Realee - April 6, 2011 // 2:19 am
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Quote Originally Posted by xUb3rn00dlEx View Post
Hey guys. I was just wondering, I know you can manually connect to the farm they're organizing, but I'm curious about how hard it would be to use a college server to conduct these attacks? I am strictly speaking hypothetically and out of yearn for information, but is it possible?

It's not so much the server as it is the bandwidth for a typical DDoS. The reason you need many people is to flood the network - it's safe to presume Sony's bandwidth exceeds most typical large organisations (As it has to serve PSN etc..) which takes many many MANY connections to take out.

10 people down 1 line is maxed out at 1 lines bandwidth
10 people down 10 lines maxes out at 10 lines bandwitdh

#49 - xUb3rn00dlEx - April 6, 2011 // 2:16 am
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Hey guys. I was just wondering, I know you can manually connect to the farm they're organizing, but I'm curious about how hard it would be to use a college server to conduct these attacks? I am strictly speaking hypothetically and out of yearn for information, but is it possible?

#48 - PS4 News - April 6, 2011 // 2:05 am
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From Sony via IGN (ps3.ign.com/articles/115/1159776p1.html), added to the first post also:
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.

#47 - Realee - April 5, 2011 // 11:58 pm
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Not really - the idea is to make Sony stand up and realise they're going overboard with everything they're doing to the "hackers". They need to see that they're not invincible and that they DO need the people's support.

#46 - Prince Valiant - April 5, 2011 // 11:16 pm
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This is so pointless

#45 - B4rtj4h - April 5, 2011 // 10:34 pm
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Look Mr i don't know you... AND i never said that i hate hackers? Even better i am one myself lol... so what are you wanking about? Anonymous sucks big time. These kids "think" they can change companies by force...

It hasn't worked on any company so far so why would it work with Sony? And taking out PSN is not cool. People are playing with Hacked CFW on PSN and now it does not work. Because THAT is the main reason you buy a PS3. Free online gaming, like it should be!

#44 - skrapps - April 5, 2011 // 10:31 pm
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i wouldnt be surprised if sony themselves, set this up to look like they were attacked to get out of their lawsuits. "see!, this is the kind of thing we're talking about your honor, these hackers are dangerous!, imagine a hacker gets a hold of your psn account!"

#43 - PSPSwampy - April 5, 2011 // 10:07 pm
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Although it does respond (eventually) http://uk.playstation.com/ appears to be having issues now too.

Correction - looks like it was a temporary glitch (probably crappy programming of the website!)