Hacker group targets Sony in retaliation for lawsuit

The hacker group Anonymous has warned of a cyber attack against Sony, as retaliation for its suit against PlayStation 3 hackers.


The hacker group Anonymous has warned of a cyber attack against Sony, as retaliation for its suit against hackers George Hotz (aka "GeoHot") and Graf_Chokolo. The group calls the attack #OpSony, and calls it part of Operation Payback.

"Congratulations, Sony," the post read. "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." The message accuses Sony of abusing the judicial system and violating user privacy. Cyber attacks by Anonymous have resulted in denial-of-service errors, and the group is under investigation by the FBI.

Though it may be unrelated, Kotaku notes that the PlayStation Network was down today for maintenance, and the PlayStation Blog and US PlayStation site have been intermittently unavailable today. We've contacted Sony for word on whether this is related to the threatened attacks.

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    April 4, 2011 3:30 PM

    Comment on Hacker group targets Sony in retaliation for lawsuit, by Steve Watts.

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        April 4, 2011 3:37 PM

        reminds me of those stupid aol progarms back in the day that would im bomb people lol

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          April 4, 2011 3:46 PM

          Yeah :D

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          April 4, 2011 3:57 PM

          fuckin script kiddies

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          April 4, 2011 4:09 PM

          lol. i remember you could nuke people out of those chatrooms.

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            April 4, 2011 4:16 PM

            Or open their CD-Rom trays.

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              April 4, 2011 4:24 PM

              Ah those were fun, see they need to focus on more fun things... This isn't hurting Sony but rather attracting more people to their site now, that's probably why it's slowed down a bit...

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                April 4, 2011 4:59 PM

                Yeah, honestly I don't see how targeting the PSN auth servers is "payback" for arraigning GeoHotz. Especially on a Monday. Especially the day before a really weak PSN release week

                They're targeting the wrong group by boning the platform's players over this, akin to pingbombing XBLA auth servers if MS' Kinect group didn't allow homebrew apps (which fortunately they didn't pursue).

                Legal != Hardware != Digital distribution != corporate security. Wrong head of the hydra, fellas.

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          April 4, 2011 6:23 PM

          Yea, they were called punters. Worked best on those using AOL 2.0/2.5 and lower. I think 3.0 and higher made them more and more obsolete.

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          April 5, 2011 12:01 AM

          there were also those ICQ ones where you could bluescreen someones win95 machine.

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          April 5, 2011 3:35 AM

          ICP Final 2.0 baby! Email and IM Bomb! And new feature is integrated DarthPhader!

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      April 4, 2011 3:39 PM

      I approve of this. I never liked consoles anyway, PC for life!

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      April 4, 2011 3:50 PM

      Clearly, this will get Anonymous taken seriously.

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      April 4, 2011 3:52 PM

      Summary: The hacker group Anonymous has warned of a cyber attack against Sony, as retaliation for its suit against hacker George Hotz (aka "GeoHot").

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      April 4, 2011 4:00 PM

      Good for them, happy I don't own a PS3 or a 360. The players get screwed in the process of teaching Sony a lesson.

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      April 4, 2011 4:13 PM

      I enjoy psn but fuck the way theyve treated this situation. They deserved this.

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      April 4, 2011 4:15 PM

      What a bunch of morons... The site works fine, they really arn't proving anything nor hurting a whole lot here. Sony's probably laughing at them....

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        April 4, 2011 11:39 PM

        Actually, their IT department will have to be paid overtime, and their "customers" will have denial of services. That is not what a company wants.
        Also, if the IT department is not treated well, this may be the last drop and could have a drastic change of headcount (which means new trainings and other costly things).

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      April 4, 2011 4:23 PM

      My sympathy for Sony: 0
      My sympathy for Anon: 0


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      April 4, 2011 4:25 PM

      Way to make all of us normal gamers look like @$$holes. Thanks Anonymous. Much appreciated.

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        April 4, 2011 4:30 PM

        you dont' have to censor youself here. shitballs!

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          April 4, 2011 4:44 PM

          no titty-farting way

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          April 4, 2011 9:53 PM

          shit i thought that was how we unlocked signatures.

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            April 5, 2011 11:19 AM


            No, it's open start menu
            click run
            type cmd and hit enter
            in the new window type format c: and agree to all subsequent prompts

            that's how you unlock the new signatures in the chatty!

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              April 5, 2011 12:06 PM

              Dude format c: was two shacknew's ago. Now you have to type c: press enter then type del *.* /y

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      April 4, 2011 5:49 PM

      Well Anon, won't start nothing won't be nothing. Did you think GeoHot had immunity? I guess you did. Funny when you try to write a script for how someone else should act you get mad when they don't follow it.

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      April 5, 2011 12:14 AM

      Pro Tip. Never Try To Tell Hackers They Can't Boot Linux!

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        April 5, 2011 1:03 PM

        I would say most hackers have better computers than the ps3. 256mb of ram is pretty useless for any sort of normal use.

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      April 5, 2011 12:29 AM

      It's childish and they should not be doing this but I don't have any love or sympathy for Sony. They should not be trying to lock down such a widely deployed piece of hardware at the consumer level. Besides, Sony only really cares about getting their cut when you buy a game for the PS3. I think it would have saved a lot of headaches if they had just rolled out a system that ties the game to an account (i.e. Steam or some sort of one time PC style serial numbers registration). I know that causes problems for their existing business model because a lot of their customers don't have any internet access but that's the way it goes. I fully expect all console games to be tied to an account, kind of like Steam, come next generation. Once again, the PC leads the way.

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      April 5, 2011 1:38 AM

      I think like Wikileaks, the legality of it is shady, but the results are not. If they bring light to the issue at hand and manage to do something that actually hurts Sony in a way beyond bringing a site down for a few hours, then it might well do some good. The HBGary thing did a great job of revealing a braggart and a conman that would have actually done real harm to others had they not put a bright spotlight on him. In that instance, they're being mischievous actually uncovered real crap about someone/people that desperately needed a light on them.

      The US government uses a resolution to protect innocents to justify attacking entire armor convoys and pushing the side they don't like back to give a ragtag group of rebels a chance at victory. In like manner, Anonymous (and Wikileaks) uses a resolute dislike for Corporate bullying to justify attacking everyone involved in said bullying. I'm not that much against it. I think Corporations are getting out of hand with regards to property ownership, licensing, and the control they have over them. In no way should "terms of service" that are mandatory to use a device you cannot return or get a refund for be used as a club to do whatever the company wants to do. Especially not in regards to REMOVING a feature.

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      April 5, 2011 2:22 AM

      Those unending idiots at Sony should've offered Graf-Shokolo a part-time job, complete with a token salary and Sony coffee mug + beer cozy, and they would've been hailed as heroes. They're as clueless as Apple when it comes to punishing blogger fan service, biting the hand that feeds you.

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      April 5, 2011 3:26 AM

      Well I suppose anonymous could say "Well, Sony started it..." but frankly I think it is wrong for any corporation or person to misuse the law like Sony has. I don't really see the US government reprimanding Sony over this so should I be supporting anonymous or are they just too anonymous to be supported. I doubt they could be a cyber hacking group if their identities were known, more like a upset prisoner group but it’s kinda cool to know that there’s some disembodied group that holds corporations to account.

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      April 5, 2011 4:18 AM

      What a bunch of tiny dick assholes.

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      April 5, 2011 7:40 AM

      by attacking the psn; they are attacking the consumers. by doing such they are driving away current users and potential consumers; due to the sporadic stability of the network. i understand where they are coming from but if this is an attack on sony; it is an indirect attack. but not a direct attack. for the balls these beings show, it should be a head on attack. if they are really offended by sony taking george to court; they should get behind him and leave the "innocent bystanders" alone. prayers and hopes to japan.

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        April 5, 2011 8:10 AM

        Well said!

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        April 5, 2011 8:12 AM

        How is taking their services offline NOT a direct attack? This makes no sense.

        Would you rather they set fire to Sony's buildings and start shooting them in the parking lot and in home invasions?

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        April 5, 2011 8:14 AM


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        April 5, 2011 11:23 AM

        it raises awareness of the cause doesn't it?
        "wonder why PSN is down, I'll google it"
        "oh shit, sonys fucking stupid, maybe i should email them and tell them to stop being cunts"

        Even if like 1-2% of people actually sent something to sony it sends some sort of message

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      April 5, 2011 11:56 AM

      Well Day 2 and the Playstation site/network is working just fine! Forums are up and everything... This Anonymous group are a bunch of noobs.... You really think they are some superior group of hackers? Now I hear they are going to send boxes to Playstation executives haha what a bunch of idiots... It's must be a hard life without girlfriends... :P

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      April 5, 2011 12:01 PM

      it's like watching retards fight. i don't care who wins i'm just mildly amused by the entire event.

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      April 5, 2011 7:57 PM

      "The message accuses Sony of abusing the judicial system and violating user privacy." Lolwut?

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