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Sony and PlayStation.com Brought Down By Anon Attack, More to Follow

After claiming that Sony’s lawsuit against George Hotz et al was an attack on free speech, hacking collective Anonymous declared war on Sony. Hoping to seek revenge on the company, Anonymous warned that Sony would soon suffer for their actions. Now, Sony.com and PlayStation.com has fallen to the hackers, with more sites promised to follow.

Update:

Several members have also stated that the “Operation isnt over until sony do a press release”.

Update 2:
Some people can connect to Sony.com, but the site is extremely slow

Update 3:
PSN Down too

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wwm0nkey1940d ago

Oh shit, they actually where serious.

zootang1940d ago (Edited 1940d ago )

Sony is a Public company so by doing this they are causing millions of people to lose money. Not a good way to promote themselves.

It's also incredibly funny they rant about free speech but they themselves are annonymous? I want all their details, including credit and debit cards, freedom of information!

Heartnet1940d ago

Well atleast no1 knows the customer service number of sony now :D thatll save em some money :)

Acquiescence1940d ago

hackers are scumbags. No bullshit justification this time - they're really showing their true colours now.

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gamingdroid1940d ago (Edited 1940d ago )

"It's also incredibly funny they rant about free speech but they themselves are annonymous?"

Free speech is unrelated to privacy. In fact, free speech means you can say non-slanderous "things" without being persecuted so why would you need their information?

ftwrthtx1940d ago

Can someone explain to me how this hurts Sony? I mean, really. It makes no sense.

alien6261940d ago

and i thought hackers where smart but i guess not

Shadow Flare1940d ago

@gamingdroid

""It's also incredibly funny they rant about free speech but they themselves are annonymous?"

Free speech is unrelated to privacy. In fact, free speech means you can say "things" without being persecuted so why would you need their information?"

Um, gamingdroid, apply that EXACT comment you made to the hackers themselves. WTF has free speech got to do with being able to hack someone else's software?? Software that is the legal property of Sony, the owner. Hacking into that Sony owned software, distributing the know-how about, is a crime. Free speech has absolutely nothing to do with it one bit

gamingdroid1940d ago (Edited 1940d ago )

My comment was completely neutral and factual. It applies to all parties, so I'm not sure what you are trying say here....

Perhaps you are a little bit too involved in the matter that really doesn't pertain much to you.

edit:

With that said, I don't condone Anonymous action, but warned that you don't want to draw the ire of the public.

Other than n4g.com, most other sites are much more against the actions of Sony and believe in the ability to study DRM and disseminate such information. I certainly believe it would be for the greater good, but the corporations had DMCA enacted in the US.

TrashyNewz1940d ago

WELLSAID ZOOTANG "KUDOS" they are messing us all up i cant access the thing i need too and the FBI is going to get involve soon i guarentee it.

GrieverSoul1940d ago (Edited 1940d ago )

Hackers are skilled computer geniuses that lack social skills to exist in a normal work environment so they attack from the shadows and make stupid text with poems and rhymes about their motives.

Geohot just wanted a job from Steve Jobs himself, then he went to motorola hacking, then Sony but they never gave him an opportunity because he thinks he is way above everybody else. These guys wont get nowhere with this except being labeled as simple pirates that try to get users personal information. They are common thiefs and thats all.

If you hackers want to hurt SONY, please, develop a better interface for the PS3. make your own firmware without tweaking Sony official one. Stop wasting time of petty attacks on their websites.

EDIT: I can open the webpags normally.. no issues... o_O

Ares841940d ago

People with this free speach bullshit.

Yes you have free speach but what these hackers did is not because of free speach.

By stealing the code from Sony and than distributing it on the net is not free speach. It's called stealing.

If you think this is free speach than you must be ok with me braking into your house and stealing your SS# and than puting it online.

Or if you have a secret sauce recepie that made your restaurant to be famous and successful and I steal the recepie and distribute it online.

In every business there are secrets that must be protect so that the business can be successful. If those secrets come out than anyone with a half a brain can re-create the exact same thing and than what?

What hackers did to Sony was stealing and there is no sugar-coating that. If Sony was out there to stop people speaking ill of the company THAN I would support such actions but what Sony is doing is protecting their property.

Hakcers, you are costing Sony money and you are fucking up our hobbie. Just stop and go and die in a hole somewhere. The world would be a better place. Thank you and fuck you all!

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hay1940d ago (Edited 1940d ago )

What a bunch of complete morons.
Sony doesn't really make money on those two websites, they are informational websites for users and customers, so they harm people more than Sony.
US sites work well, European are down, while it's SCEA who sued those "freedom fighters".

It's official now: They're so dumb it hurts.

To anyone who calls Anon hackers: You need 2 piece of software which are available in public to perform untrace'able DDoS attack. Monkey could do that.

NewMonday1940d ago

They think they are helping geohot, but if this gets linked to him he will be facing criminal charges, not just a civil case. I bet this will be an issue in his next hearing.

I_find_it_funny1940d ago

I can enter sony.com playstation.com without problmes

inveni01940d ago

I can go to Sony.com and Playstation.com just fine. And they actually load faster than Facebook...so.....

kyl2771940d ago

" I swear to god if they do anything to the PSN all hell will break loose."

what whine on N4G? oh wait...

people here are so mad, it barely affects you except for a bit of psn downtime. cant you go without online for a few days

damn this is why i love steam

InFAMOUS11940d ago

They are called anonymous because of people like yourself who will ridicule them for using free speech against your precious fanboy mother, the almighty Sony. While we are on the topic, can I have YOUR credit card and personal info? Thanks

Dee_911940d ago

Sites work good with me
i dont see how making sites go slow is hurting sony ?

TotalPS3Fanboy1940d ago (Edited 1940d ago )

I can enter all Sony's site just fine.

Their revenage attack didn't even put a dent on Sony's sites. That is just sad.

Sony: "Was that suppose to be an attack?"

NiKK_4191940d ago (Edited 1940d ago )

i'm not sure what to believe, because sony said that it went down because of sporadic maintenance, and it went down before anon "promised" that they were gonna get revenge, because it went down in europe sometime yesterday, but it also was down for me yesterday afternoon (i'm in the US). so i'm not sure if anon is just trying to take the credit for it, because i haven't heard anything about them doing anything until AFTER psn went down, but it wasn't down very long either, so i kinda think it may have just been maintenance, plus the fact that it started in europe and then went to the US...i don't see how that DOESN'T sound like sporadic maintenance like sony said

devilmaycry20201940d ago

The problem is not home brew or pirated games, that's another problem.
The real harm is they distributed the security code for the system. in the worst case scenario is accessing your information, your credit card your address.

MmaFan-Qc1940d ago

both websites work flawlessly, took me less than 2 seconds to open both pages in the same time.

gamingdroid1940d ago

"The problem is not home brew or pirated games, that's another problem.
The real harm is they distributed the security code for the system. in the worst case scenario is accessing your information, your credit card your address."

Your information is already public, such as your address. You can find it down at the county. Your credit card information shouldn't be available merely because somebody has the source code that in itself is an insecure system.

If you know anything about security, security through obscurity doesn't work.

Publishing flaws in software (after it has been patched) to educate the public actually does more good to society by educating and allowing others to implement safety measures.

Knowledge is power and provides a greater good. That is why we have a patent system to encourage information sharing.

HolyOrangeCows1940d ago (Edited 1940d ago )

Oh no! Is Sony trying to steal your right to distribute their codes and software? You poor thing, your "freedom of speech" under attack....

Scientology protests are lucky to be 10 people strong these days. Anonymous DOES forget. I guess fighting corporations from protecting their bottom line is more important than fighting brainwashing organizations now, Anon?

Megaton1940d ago

I think gamingdroid is the only reasonable poster here. The rest of you bow down and kiss Sony's ring all too often and easily. You're not bees. You don't need to protect the queen.

herukuti1940d ago

public companies are more insidious than government firms; im sure you werent implying there is a safety zone from wickedness in the public sector.

ps3destroyer1940d ago

That's what happens when you try to get in jail the modern Robin Hood(Geohot).In a world where economic crisis striked almost all the countries and company's like Sony , Microsoft and Nintendo charge 70 usd for a single game what do they expect?People don't have the mnoney money they used to back in the days.If all of you n4g driven ps3 fanboys have millions to buy 30 games a month sorry some people don't.And the use piracy because they want to game like everyone else.Because God didn;t gave them the money doesn't mean that they don't have the right.

krauler1940d ago

Freedom of speech in the U.S. constitution only protects the speaker from the government. It will not protect you from individuals or companies. Therefore, the "freedom of speech" argument has NOTHING to do with Sony or the scum buckets targeting them.

WhittO1940d ago (Edited 1940d ago )

This is really childish and if you hae any respect for them it should be gone.

They are doing it just for the sake of it and to "defend" a fellow hacker that was owned, legally and rightfully.

D*ckheads.

Edit: I can't login to friends list but I can go to the blog home page.

I doubt they can do anything to harm the PSN itself and effect sign ins there? If so thats bad!!
If not then who cares lol.

Jezuz1940d ago

ok, how old are you ?

morganfell1940d ago (Edited 1940d ago )

@TotalPS3Fanboy

I can also enter just fine...because there wasn't an attack. This article is completely misleading. Sony announced maintenance earlier for today. It was a pre-emptive move but the outage is being wrongly contributed for these moron hackers.

http://twitter.com/AskPlayS...

syanara1940d ago

In anon's official statement they said "Information is Free"

lets look at that a second...

ANONYMOUS SAID INFORMATION IS FREE?

That is an oxy-moron if I ever heard one.

InfectedDK1940d ago

Wow Anon, wrong move by you.
Stick to what youre in the game for.
Theres hundreds of other things to do in this world that suits you better than this.

Dee_911940d ago

PSN Down ? Im online now

somerandomdude1940d ago (Edited 1940d ago )

@ gamingdroid

The N4G community doesn't like your way of thinking because you come up with lame self serving justifications for hacking Sony, but REALLY you are only taking a giant crap on the gaming community. It's obvious hackers break into secure spaces and you try to spin this as if hackers stinky crap is good for the gaming community.

MeanOldman1940d ago

plastationlifestyle is dumber an hell. good job dummies. anon must be laughin like hell since you gave them credit for somethin they didnt even do. the network has been down for upgrades dummies. talk about people actin like a bunch o sheep. nice wool sweater you got there pls.

Rainstorm811940d ago

@Ps3destroyer 1.1.28

Are you Serious??

Gaming is a hobby not a right..if you dont have the money to buy "30" games a month ..rent from gamefly..

I dont have the money for an iPad2 so i should br given one huh?..... What kind of idiotic excuse is that?!?

If you want to buy every game then get a better job but dont blame companies for charging for thier games that they put millions of dollars into and hundreds of hours of work on..........You probably dont understand because you're some kid who never worked a day in his life...

RememberThe3571940d ago

"I think gamingdroid is the only reasonable poster here. The rest of you bow down and kiss Sony's ring all too often and easily. You're not bees. You don't need to protect the queen."

I suppose he's the only rational one because you agree with his opinions right? Being rational doesn't make someone right. There are more equally rational arguments in this thread on the contrary to his comment.

I read his comments yesterday warning us of pissing off hackers. But he sees these hackers as "the public". These people are not supported by the average gamer, they do not represent us. They represent their own sense of justice.

Like many other here I agree with many of the actions they have taken in the past, but this isn't hurting Sony, it's hurting us. This proves to me that they are not apart of us because you don't stub your toe to spite your finger. They're attacking Sony because they're not gamers. If they were gamers they'd be pissed that the PSN was down, like everyone else was.

Now please tell me how I'm being irrational or kissing the ring of Sony?

Electroshocked1940d ago

Ruining the experience for gamers further? F**king douche bags, I hope they all get stabbed, this is just showing how incredibly selfish they all really are.

milohighclub1940d ago

@ps3destroyer
get a fucking job and stop using god as an excuse for your reasons be lazy and a thief. pirating games is theft, theres no justification. jog on prick.

Kurt Russell1940d ago

"The N4G community doesn't like your way of thinking because you come up with lame self serving justifications for hacking Sony, but REALLY you are only taking a giant crap on the gaming community. It's obvious hackers break into secure spaces and you try to spin this as if hackers stinky crap is good for the gaming community."

This isn't true, it's because of these people gaming started up in the first place. Massive corporations didn't take any notice until the cash started to roll in. You're part of a misguided generation who believe nothing can possibly happen without a lot of money.

NCAzrael1940d ago

All this proves is that 4chan is bored and is full of 13 year olds with some basic computer know-how and too much free time. That and a penchant for ruining a great comic book by trying to rip off it's idea of the power of the people with their incessant usage of Guy Fawks masks.

If Anon wants to be mad at someone for abusing the justice system, why not go after the RIAA for suing little old ladies and 10 year old children for allegedly downloading music? If they want to get angry at big corporations for being greedy why not go after the countless corporations who received government bailouts a few years back only to turn around and give huge bonus payouts to all of their executives? Why not actually do something that has some goddamn merit instead of going after a company who is rightfully trying to protect their intellectual property against a couple of douche bags who illegally disseminated private information, allowing countless other people to use that information in even more nefarious ways?

Anon are cowards, pure and simple. "We are legion. Fear us." Blah blah blah. Maybe one day Anon will actually stand for something worthwhile. Until then, all I can say to them is grow the hell up or go away.

nickjkl1939d ago (Edited 1939d ago )

i like how everyones all freedom of speech

as in the right to seek information and ideas the right to receive information and ideas

i guess we should you know find everyones secrets and post them on the internet for everyone to see

hey you i heard you masturbate furiously everyday im just gonna tell everyone about it you dont care right you support freedom of speech

its like as long as its not about me im okay with everything being out in the open

Sheddi1939d ago

Considering the things that are going on in japan atm and Sony is from japan, they should be ashamed of them selves.
They're not making things easier for the people that works for Sony over there.

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TheMrMadzen1940d ago (Edited 1940d ago )

Hey hackers, please be so kindly and GO FUCKING KILL YOURSELF!!
Btw, Sony.com is up again bitches

shoddy1940d ago

These kids they don't know who they fukin with.

They fukin with billionaire with top of the line computer engineer and lawyers.

Do you not fear death?

Istanbull1940d ago

They're butthurt fangirls of geohot, they want to donate more money to Geohot so he can spend their money on holidays

I hope Sony responds back by bricking their consoles.

Btw, Sony sites are back online LOL! So much for your 15 minutes of fame!

kyl2771940d ago

"They fukin with billionaire with top of the line computer engineer and lawyers."

yet they got hacked by "losers", makes you think. Maybe sony should hire them rather than hunt them down in a mad witchhunt

lee_ten1940d ago

kyl277 : maybe they should also grow up and act their age instead of trying to bring some company down.

Finger-Eater1940d ago

Anonymous: "I will look so tough by making Sony's site go slower for about 45 minutes, no one will want to mess with me now" What a Loser, try something different genius, maybe one that actually attacks Sony?

ALFAxD_CENTAURO1940d ago

''They fukin with billionaire with top of the line computer engineer and lawyers. ''

^^^THIS^^^

RememberThe3571940d ago

Not great logic there. I could walk up the Mike Tyson in his prime and punch him in the face. That doesn't make him any less bad ass, or mean that he wont completely destroy me.

This was a mosquito bite for Sony, I'm sure they barely noticed. The same way Mike Tyson would barely notice me going full force into his face.

karl1939d ago

@Kyl277

witchhunt is more fun =D

i hope this guys get arrested... seriously...

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Oxymoron0281940d ago

They don't quite understand that the only people actually effected by this are the bystanders.

Such a bunch of fucking hypocrites, they go on about how this is for the people? Fucking retards don't understand this directly effects the people...

Titanz1940d ago

Xbox 360,Wii,PSP,NDS...

Catch my drift?

Oxymoron0281940d ago

Titanz, not quite sure what drift you are trying to make?

sobekflakmonkey1940d ago

Its funny because i went on both of those sites and they are fine, im confused...

mac_sparrow1940d ago

Oxy, I believe he or she is trying, rather asininely to say that hacking those consoles benefited the people. Strange, I thought it was piracy that kept dev's away from PSP. I'm so glad I can emulate my NES on it though, so glad I could almost thank them :S

sobekflakmonkey1940d ago

Oh and people are saying this is Anonymous' fault, but apparently sony is just doing maintenance, you know because they are making a switch from SCEA(Sony Computer Entertainment) to SNEA(Sony Network Entertainment) and all.

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Vherostar1940d ago

This only hurts consumers not Sony and Sony did have it back up within the hour they have that kind of power and money. Not only that doing something like that leaves you open to be traced simple as. What's the point of going to jail for years for nothing??

Titanz1940d ago

It's the fact that people are making an even "bigger" fuss just because it's the "PS3".

Where's all the support for the other gaming devices that have been hacked?

I'm not calling everyone out here, but a few of you got moral dilemmas you have to deal with.

wsoutlaw871940d ago

oh no sony.com went down what will sony do

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LOL, pathetic. What goes around comes around, members of that group haven't exactly stayed anonymous in the past after their homes were raided when they took down credit card sites. Can't wait to see what happens.

_EvilMonkey_1940d ago (Edited 1940d ago )

not for long, their 15 minutes of fame will be over. losers.

HaVoK3081940d ago

You fools keep making such ignorant comments. Sony needs to back off its bullying practices. Do I like hacking? Absolutely not...I hate everything about it and support no hacks. Not even the so-called harmless ones. I do however have commonsense and I know that all Sony is doing if giving these Hackers a "Cause". They are doing nothing but giving them something to rally around. The fools here and N4G actually think Sony can stop them. History proves they can not. Nobody can. Its not like this is something new and nothing...nothing is hack proof.

Sony should utilize their new relationship with Valve. They could learn a lot about piracy, hacking, and how to treat their customers.

Its not going away. No matter how many times people here deem Hackers as losers or tell them they need to die. News flash! Hackers do not give a shit what you think and the more you become enraged the more pleasure they take in their work.

People like to put out opinions as absolute truths all the time only to be proved wrong and made out to be a fool 24 hours later.

Heartnet1940d ago

@Havok if hackers didnt care what people thought then why wud they post what they have accomplished on their blogs and what not...

If hackers had any "commonsense" they would take satisfaction in what they have done and keep it to themselves :) not go around attacking peoples websites and what not..