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Anonymous Sony Hackers Interviewed by PSL, PSN Down Fix


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204w ago - 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."











Anonymous Sony Hackers Interviewed by PSL, PSN Down Fix

Anonymous Sony Hackers Interviewed by PSL, PSN Down Fix

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#52 - plaguereign - 204w ago
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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.

#51 - Realee - 204w ago
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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

#50 - xUb3rn00dlEx - 204w ago
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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?

#49 - PS4 News - 204w ago
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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.

#48 - Realee - 204w ago
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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.

#47 - Prince Valiant - 204w ago
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This is so pointless

#46 - B4rtj4h - 204w ago
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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!

#45 - skrapps - 204w ago
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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!"

#44 - PSPSwampy - 204w ago
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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!)

#43 - plaguereign - 204w ago
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I love how people whine about not being able to play games on PSN. The people that condemn hackers for the actions of few are as bad as racists. Saying all hackers are evil is like saying all of a race is lazy. Hackers have done great things for almost any industry. Without PS3 hackers, we wouldnt be running homebrew and playing backups. Same with ahy game system released. Microsoft is even embracing hackers as far as the kinect is concerned.

I wish more companies would take this perspective and allow homebrew and backups of your OWN games. In another breath, forcing people to pay 60 dollars per game only to find out the game sucks needs to stop. Sure, you can return the game, but only, for the same game.

People who blindly support a corporation even tho it is chastizing those who have done GREAT things for the industry are blind followers, not leaders. You can tell this by reading the comments on that psn blog posted earlier. Everyone said basically the same thing; "PSN is teh down 'nd teh hackers are teh suck". Instead of blindly following a corporation who is obviously only looking out for its bottom line, THINK FOR YOURSELF! Ask the questions "they" dont want you to. Make the comments that ruffle feathers. Conforming is no way to live freely. Conforming gets you one thing; MORE RULES. This is a digital revolution.

This lawsuit will set the "rules" for future consoles and devices. If you want a corporation to tell you that you are only renting your equipment, then go with sony and dont ask questions and ruffle feathers.

I don't agree with what Anonymous is doing, but since talking doesn't seem to be getting the job done with sony, someone has to do something to show our points of view. Sony does things that look alright for their bottom line. They have proven that in the past. OtherOS is gone. PSN+ just gives you a crappy game or discount on other things I wouldnt pay for. But, when we ask for otherOS back, because it wasnt financially advantageous for them, they told us to basically go to hell.

I say we tell them how we feel. Tell them we wont take their shit anymore. Maybe try and setup an entire quarter of boycotting Sony. Get everyone you know to not buy anything of theirs for AT least 3 months. If we get enough people to do this, it will effect their precious bottom line.

 

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