Anonymous attacks Sony PlayStation website in support of GeoHot

By on April 4, 2011, 3:41 PM
The hacker group Anonymous has begun targeting Sony's online Playstation store today; a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack temporarily took down playstation.com (it was down earlier today, then was back up, and is now again down at the time of publishing). Sony is under fire because of its lawsuit against PS3 jailbreakers, including George Hotz, also known as GeoHot, and Graf_Chokolo.

Anonymous is also rallying participants to contribute to the DDoS attack. It appears to be a particularly successful attack: Sony is a massive corporation, but apparently an equally massive number of users are eager to show their anger with the company. Sony's official stance is as follows: if you crack your PS3, you'll get banned.

Most Anonymous are online-only attacks, but Operation Sony will also feature a protest that involves users leaving their computer. The organization has one smart trick up its sleeve: it is not picking a single location, so as not to limit maximum exposure. On April 16, 2011 Anonymous wants gamers to gather at their local Sony stores to complain in person.

This may just be Anonymous' biggest endeavor. In case you can't see the image above, here is the full text of Anonymous' message:

Dear Greedy Motherfuckers SONY,

Congratulations! You are now receiving the attention of Anonymous. Your recent legal actions against fellow internet citizens, GeoHot and Graf_Chokolo have been deemed an unforgivable offense against free speech and internet freedom, primary sources of free lulz (and you know how we feel about lulz.)

You have abused the judicial system in an attempt to censor information about how your products work. You have victimized your own customers merely for possessing and sharing information, and continue to target those who seek this information. In doing so you have violated the privacy of thousands of innocent people who only sought the free distribution of information. Your suppression of this information is motivated by corporate greed and the desire for complete control over the actions of individuals who purchase and use your products, at least when those actions threaten to undermine the corrupt stranglehold you seek to maintain over copywrong, oops, "copyright".

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. Perhaps you should alert your customers to the fact that they are apparently only renting your products? In light of this assault on both rights and free expression, Anonymous, the notoriously handsome rulers of the internet, would like to inform you that you have only been "renting" your web domains. Having trodden upon Anonymous' rights, you must now be trodden on.

If you disagree with the disciplinary actions against your private parts domains, then we trust you can also understand our motivations for these actions. You own your domains. You paid for them with your own money. Now Anonymous is attacking your private property because we disagree with your actions. And that seems, dare we say it, "wrong." Sound familiar?

Let Anonymous teach you a few important lessons that your mother forgot:
1. Don't do it to someone else if you don't want it to be done to you.
2. Information is free.
3. We own this. Forever.

As for the "judges" and complicit legal entities who have enabled these cowards: You are no better than SONY itself in our eyes and remain guilty of undermining the well-being of the populace and subverting your judicial mandate.

We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not Forgive.
We do not Forget.
Expect us.




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Raswan Raswan said:

Been wondering how long it would take for this to happen. And, as always, so eloquent yet incisive, and smarmy to the core.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Same thoughts here, although i'm tempted to join these guys this time round, I personally do feel Sony has crossed a line this time and as GeoHot said, this is just the begining, if Sony can pull off what they currently trying to do then why would no other company try it on?

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

"Don't do it to someone else if you don't want it to be done to you."

That's ironic.

Guest said:

They should have redistributed that master key while they were at it. :P

Guest said:

Information is not free... everyone should know this. if not, i will charge you $1.99 to tell you it.

Guest said:

Well deserved, don't let down Anonymous.

3DCGMODELER 3DCGMODELER said:

they did not to respond to fast, all right GeoHot.

Anonymous for president.. yehaaaaa

Guest said:

I don't agree 100% with what they are doing but...well...,sony deserve it 100%. I hope they are very carefull and also than they don't cross a line like sony did.

captainawesome captainawesome said:

exactly what i was thinking!

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Play with fire, expect to get burned.

It'll be kinda fun watching this unfold in the future...

BMfan BMfan said:

Most of you people complain because of pirates pirating PC games yet you are fine when

Geo does it.

Technically he didn't but he opened the door so others could and at least the others were smart

enough not to brag about it.

Guest said:

I'm sure Stephen Colbert is flattered that Anonymous is flattered enough to use his hornets' nest analogy.

Guest said:

In case you can't see the image above, here is the full text? I guess all that additional text must be hidden or something. :o)

krayzie said:

i dont think this black hat hacking is the right thing to do

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

BMfan said:

Most of you people complain because of pirates pirating PC games yet you are fine when

Geo does it.

Technically he didn't but he opened the door so others could and at least the others were smart

enough not to brag about it.

Smith & Wesson kills people. Well, technically they don't, but they manufacture the guns and ammo so that murderers can kill people. Your point is invalid.

treetops treetops said:

Hmm wonder if they are gonna attack the libya government.

Guest said:

**Information is not free... everyone should know this. if not, i will charge you $1.99 to tell you it. **

Public libraries provides public with almost limitless information for free; internet, books, movies and music.

You can go to local book store and read their books and magazines for free.

There are many free newspapers.

Public Education is free.

There are many free classes at Colleges.

Me telling you this didnt cost you anything.

.

Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

I think Sony should just put back in OtherOS, there losing more money and respect this way. Plus the Ps3 is fully hackable seconds after every patch there is nothing they can do just put back in OtherOS, you lost.

PanicX PanicX, TechSpot Ambassador, said:

Wendig0 said:

BMfan said:

Most of you people complain because of pirates pirating PC games yet you are fine when

Geo does it.

Technically he didn't but he opened the door so others could and at least the others were smart

enough not to brag about it.

Smith & Wesson kills people. Well, technically they don't, but they manufacture the guns and ammo so that murderers can kill people. Your point is invalid.

Exactly what point of BFman's are you proving invalid with that terrible analogy?

negroplasty negroplasty said:

Sony is whack. They deserve this.

Lokalaskurar Lokalaskurar said:

Anonymous are the ones who sticks their wigwams into hornet nests. They are violating every morally acceptable paradigm regarding hacking!

We've seen China, the USSR, North Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, former Yugoslavia, Sudan, Sierra Leone, El Salvador etcetera - you'd think people around the world have learned by now that changing the society using force is not necessarily a change for the better - and in most cases, actually the exact opposite. And so Anonymous cause may be honorable, but it is quasi-obsolete.

I really liked this statement above:

gwailo247 said:

"Don't do it to someone else if you don't want it to be done to you."

(Irony?)

(laughter) True irony in its greatest form . Anonymous are nothing but crackers at the core with some psuedo-righteous and pretentious cause. Even though I admire their work, they are doing it totally wrong and inacceptable. They are not fit to rule anything, and according to myself, should thus not be allowed to change anything.

Guest said:

And what about this new DRM protection crap that they released for the ps3 in the last update ?? Cant even watch a digital copy of a movie that you own.

Night Hacker Night Hacker said:

I've never been a fan of Sony. I don't know the story behind this, but part of me likes it.

BMfan BMfan said:

Smith & Wesson kills people. Well, technically they don't, but they manufacture the guns and ammo so that murderers can kill people. Your point is invalid.

My point isn't invalid,when Techspot used that early release of crysis 2 most people complained and asked how could Techspot do that,yet geo gives the pirates a way to hack the console and most people are upset that Sony are fighting back.

Guest said:

the things you mention are not "free", they are paid for by governments, taxes, businesses and such. Just because YOU didn't pay for it, doesn't mean that someone else isn't.

Omnislip said:

I never used to think Anonymous were pathetic 'til I read that image. It's all good for the first two paragraphs, then it all goes wrong. Expect us? You will now experience the wrath of Anonymous? Who do they think they are? I would have said they sounded like 10 year olds, but i forgot that's what they mostly are. Besides, they will forget.

The Playstation website was slow as f*ck before this; now it will be a mess...

BlueNoser said:

Two wrongs don't make a right. Two wrongs don't make a right

Guest said:

anomanus is leeeejun!!11one!1 *puts on Guy Fawkes mask*

Jesus Christ. Grow the **** up. Not that Sony don't deserve this, though!

stewi0001 stewi0001 said:

Never saw this coming... (sarcasm) I would hope that Sony would cool down their legal jets and hopefully Anonymous will not be become annonying.

treetops treetops said:

Really though the guys a media wh ore for not posting this anonymously in the first place. He traded his passion for glory.

-Eye of the tiger

Guest said:

Even though Sony deserves it as does Microsoft for their inept amounts of greed. I don't think this is the way to do it.

Anonymous smacks of self important "look at me" acts of forms of cyberterrorism.

Where does it end? When they take down something that ends up hurting someone?

Obviously taking down the Playstation Network doesn't fall into that category. However, I think the question still should be asked.

Omnislip said:

Guest said:

Even though Sony deserves it as does Microsoft for their inept amounts of greed. I don't think this is the way to do it.

Anonymous smacks of self important "look at me" acts of forms of cyberterrorism.

Where does it end? When they take down something that ends up hurting someone?

Obviously taking down the Playstation Network doesn't fall into that category. However, I think the question still should be asked.

So they're greedy are they? Have you heard of capitalism before? They are working hard to ensure they do as best they can. What else would you expect? How can anyone honestly expect them to do anything else?

NeoFryBoy said:

This proves Anonymous is just a group of teenage script kiddies. They have the eloquence of a rhinoceros.

Guest said:

They have the rights to protect their property and before you complained that you can do whatever you want because you bought the system, go and read the service agreement that you "agree" when you bought the system.

I agree with what Sony is doing but I don't like what they're doing. Basically I agree that Sony has every right to protect their property and proceeding with legal actions but I don't like that they did that with GeoHot because I think they are taking it too far. However I don't agree and don't like what Anonymous did here.

The sense of entitlement is getting ridiculous.

Ally Mac said:

They have now started to threaten to 'dox' high ranking sony officials.

~A

Guest said:

The Anonymous group will have my respect on the day they hack HotPockets.com

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

@omnislip

Andrew Cockburn wrote an excellent piece (rightfully titled as well with Deep Throat's reference) 'Follow the Money' sometime ago. Now, the industry targetted in that article is different, but frankly, the practices of what I call 'corporatocracy' in all industries is same; hence, they have simple mission always 'enhance bottom line with whatever it takes'. Now if you understand this, only then you can grasp the reasons these corporations are constantly trying to implement some form of DRM (or similar ghastly lockouts) in everything digital instead of revisiting their own failings in the market place and improving upon them to stop piracy etc.

Richy2k9 said:

hello ...

i won't comment onto the article, for most of you knows my position. I'm a PRO SONY in this case, check it out i said in this case, for as a PS3 owner i suffered more of Geohot's & those hackers decision than i won something out of it, so yes if i buy something i want to use it with peace of mind & no burden,

I admit that SONY does a bit too much, but if it succeed in slowing down such actions in the future, i shall even send them money to get rid of hackers.

those hackers, even if i understand their point of view & the hypocrisy behind a lot of them, as well behind a lot of comments on various sites, it's always a big responsibility when you CAN do something while you also learn the HOW, WHEN, WHY to do so... i shall respect hacker who shows me that he CAN break open a system, when he/she can also prevent the same from being exploited by others & as long as it is a sport not terrorism.

"don't do unto others what you don't want others do unto you" - this is my 1st principle ...

cheers!

miska_man said:

Not that I usually agree with Annonymous, but this thing between GeoHot and Sony has really made me think a lot less of Sony as a reputable company. I'm not usually one to write letters or send emails, but I might end up writing a letter to their gaming division's HQ on April 17th. Going to a local retailer is going to do nothing except upset the employees at your local Gamestop.

Omnislip said:

4chan's servers can't be that good right? Sony could probably take down the website themselves.... lol.

Mizzou Mizzou said:

Looks like Anonymous has called a cease fire in their campaign against Sony.

Anonymous U-Turns On Sony Attack

Guest said:

Totally awesome!

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