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Submitted by doctorstrange 1295d ago | news

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. (PS3, PSP, Sony)

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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wwm0nkey  +   1295d ago
Oh shit, they actually where serious.
zootang  +   1295d ago | Well said
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!
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Heartnet  +   1295d ago
Well atleast no1 knows the customer service number of sony now :D thatll save em some money :)
Acquiescence  +   1295d ago | Well said
This action cements the fact that...
hackers are scumbags. No bullshit justification this time - they're really showing their true colours now.
guitarded77   1295d ago | Bad language | show
gamingdroid  +   1295d ago | Well said
"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?
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ftwrthtx  +   1295d ago
Can someone explain to me how this hurts Sony? I mean, really. It makes no sense.
alien626  +   1295d ago
and i thought hackers where smart but i guess not
Shadow Flare  +   1295d ago | Well said
@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
gamingdroid  +   1295d ago
@Shadow Flare
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.
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TrashyNewz  +   1295d 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.
GrieverSoul  +   1295d ago | Well said
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
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Ares84  +   1295d ago | Well said
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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hay  +   1295d 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.
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NewMonday  +   1295d 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_funny  +   1295d ago
I can enter sony.com playstation.com without problmes
inveni0  +   1295d ago
I can go to Sony.com and Playstation.com just fine. And they actually load faster than Facebook...so.....
kyl277  +   1295d 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
InFAMOUS1  +   1295d 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_91  +   1295d ago
Sites work good with me
i dont see how making sites go slow is hurting sony ?
TotalPS3Fanboy  +   1295d ago
LOL. Anonymous failed miserly.
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?"
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NiKK_419  +   1295d 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
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devilmaycry2020  +   1295d ago
@gamingdroid
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-Qc  +   1295d ago
both websites work flawlessly, took me less than 2 seconds to open both pages in the same time.
gamingdroid  +   1295d ago
@devilmaycry2020
"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.
HolyOrangeCows  +   1295d 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?
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Megaton  +   1295d 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.
herukuti  +   1295d 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.
ps3destroyer  +   1295d 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.
OneSneakyMofo  +   1295d ago
4chan be trollin'.

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krauler  +   1295d 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.
WhittO  +   1295d 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.
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Jezuz  +   1295d ago
ok, how old are you ?
morganfell  +   1295d 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...
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syanara  +   1295d 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.
InfectedDK  +   1295d 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.
InfectedDK  +   1295d ago
Anon cannot break the spirit!
http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Dee_91  +   1295d ago
PSN Down ? Im online now
somerandomdude  +   1295d 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.
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MeanOldman  +   1295d 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.
Rainstorm81  +   1295d 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...
RememberThe357  +   1295d ago
Megaton
"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?
Electroshocked  +   1295d 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.
milohighclub  +   1295d 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 Russell  +   1295d 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.
NCAzrael  +   1295d 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.
nickjkl  +   1294d 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
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Sheddi  +   1294d 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.
TheMrMadzen  +   1295d ago
Hey hackers, please be so kindly and GO FUCKING KILL YOURSELF!!
Btw, Sony.com is up again bitches
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shoddy  +   1295d ago
Ya man all they can do is crashing site and stealing.
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?
Istanbull  +   1295d 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!
kyl277  +   1295d 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_ten  +   1295d ago
kyl277 : maybe they should also grow up and act their age instead of trying to bring some company down.
Finger-Eater  +   1295d 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_CENTAURO  +   1295d ago
''They fukin with billionaire with top of the line computer engineer and lawyers. ''

^^^THIS^^^
RememberThe357  +   1295d ago
kyl277
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.
karl  +   1294d ago
@Kyl277

witchhunt is more fun =D

i hope this guys get arrested... seriously...
Oxymoron028  +   1295d 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...
Titanz  +   1295d ago
LMAO
Xbox 360,Wii,PSP,NDS...

Catch my drift?
Oxymoron028  +   1295d ago
Titanz, not quite sure what drift you are trying to make?
sobekflakmonkey  +   1295d ago
Its funny because i went on both of those sites and they are fine, im confused...
mac_sparrow  +   1295d 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
sobekflakmonkey  +   1295d 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.
Vherostar  +   1295d 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??
Titanz  +   1295d ago
Response to the disagrees
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.
wsoutlaw87  +   1295d ago
oh no sony.com went down what will sony do
--------  +   1295d ago
Internet terrorists 'fighting' for something they have absolutely no understanding of.
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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_  +   1295d ago
In Regards To Being Serious
not for long, their 15 minutes of fame will be over. losers.
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HaVoK308  +   1295d 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.
Heartnet  +   1295d 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..
Focker420  +   1295d ago
@HaVoK308

So that gives hackers the right to bully and screw over all of the people that like and want to use Sony's products/services??

Theres a better way to do things than maliciously trying to ruin Sony. Sue them if they don't like it. They claim 'free speech' and all that junk, well take it to the courts instead. Don't just hide behind a computer screen claiming you're trying to help everyone, because in all actuality you're screwing over a ton of people that have no part in this whatsoever.
Simon_Brezhnev  +   1295d ago
hell how come they wont attack IGN or N4G.
fr0sty  +   1295d ago
both sites work fine for me.
Misterhbk  +   1295d ago
Hmm...Well I JUST finished playing Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 with a friend of mine on PSN right now and that went perfectly fine.

I just checked out Playstation.com and that went perfectly fine. I don't know if or when they fixed this but everything is fine at this point.
tatotiburon  +   1295d ago
and so it begins
fr0sty  +   1295d ago
And then ends... just as quickly.
Istanbull  +   1295d ago
when did it begin? the sites were back online after 15 minutes, so much for asslicking geohot
jerethdagryphon  +   1295d ago
well anon welcome to the world of crimnals you are terrorists. anyone saying otherwise is wrong

sony wont likly give in anymore then a country would
evrfighter  +   1295d ago
who are they terrorizing?

corporations? If that's how it is then Sony are also terrorists.
jerethdagryphon  +   1295d ago
The term "terrorism" comes from French terrorisme, from Latin: 'terror', "great fear", "dread", related to the Latin verb terrere, "to frighten". The terror cimbricus was a panic and state of emergency in Rome in response to the approach of warriors of the Cimbri tribe in 105BC. The French National Convention declared in September 1793 that "terror is the order of the day". The period 1793–94 is referred to as La Terreur (Reign of Terror). Maximilien Robespierre, a leader in the French revolution proclaimed in 1794 that "Terror is nothing other than justice, prompt, severe, inflexible."[9]

fear dread un provoked random or malicious attacks with no care as to colateral targets.

saddly that fits the generally assumed definition of terrorism

as to who sony there employyees and there facilitys in this case websites.

they warned then attacked with a further warning that attacks would continue

that is no different then other terroist attacks.
beastgamer  +   1295d ago
i can't stand hackers, i want to just execute them.
NeoTribe  +   1294d ago
Jail would be sufficient.
xAlmostPro  +   1295d ago
the sites were back up within the hour lol pretty bad job by the hackers tbh
Scary69  +   1295d ago
They are not helping the cause but ruining for those who care to PAY for their games. What's going to start happening is the courts are going to be harsher with punishment and prison time and a lifetime ban on using electronics for these douche bags would be the best punishment.
Soldierone  +   1295d ago
They did a DDoS attack....gee thats hard. you learn how to do that in your entry level networking class in high school.

Not only that they are acting like babies. Oooh we are upset, lets hurt people that had nothing to do with it and ruin services for consumers. Thats smart....
xtremeimport  +   1295d ago
I use to kinda believe in what Anonymous stood for, but this is just retarded.
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YoMeViet  +   1295d ago
this won't end well, i remember when they did this to the credit card companies, the FBI raid this chinese guy's dorm room at Georgia Tech in connection with the ddos.
darkride66  +   1295d ago
Had these articles not popped up, no one would have even known it. Sites get slow or go down for servicing periodically all the time. All these sites are fine now. Way to give these jokers the attention they want for their irresponsible actions.
Prototype  +   1295d ago
This is completely stupid and makes no sense. These "hackers" think its cool to shut down PSN just to get a voice across?! Fuck you guys. Yea I said it, you all can go to hell. My day off of wanting to play online ruined because some group of assholes want a bigger e-peen.
Danteh  +   1294d ago
What the hell Anon?? this is just FAIL. I respected them when they attacked the anti Wikileaks sites, HB Gary and that stupid Westboro curch, but this is just retarded.

You are not hurting Sony, you are pissing off milions of gamers like you and me who just wanna play in peace. WTF?
lil Titan  +   1294d ago
middle finger them all who hacks systems go online and thinks its ok
doctorstrange  +   1295d ago
Fuckers
Oh yeah, this really shows Sony, not the customers
wwm0nkey  +   1295d ago
I completely understand where they are coming from on Sony taking the IP of anyone that viewed that video, but this does effect us more than Sony :/

I get the "chill out" message they are trying to send but it should have been better executed.
heroicjanitor  +   1295d ago
DOS attacks are the easiest to do really, so they just did that. Won't be long before the sites are back though and they have to think of something else.
gamingdroid  +   1295d ago
One should say the most effective as DOS is very easy to do and very cheap to do from a resource stand point not to mention that resources is essentially unlimited as well.

The fix is to block the IP address of the offenders. Sony will be up and running in a few hours or half a day as they analyze the date.

The major problem now is damage control as this will be picked up by the news and information about the lawsuits/hacks/piracy and etc will be spread even more.
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decimalator  +   1295d ago
Oh wow, a DDoS. Anyone with half a brain, a computer and a dialup modem can manage a DDoS. Congratulations asshats.

As has been said already, this will hurt no one but consumers who want to use those sites. So... thanks for that.
BigWoopMagazine  +   1295d ago
Yea, I don't really see the point in this, they're only hurting themselves by making themselves look like a bunch of tool bags. Why would I support a group of people who need to do this to make their point? It simply shows that their position is totally unjustified, and having run out of reasonable a logical arguments have resorted to internet vandalism - totally childish.
ChickeyCantor  +   1294d ago
Actually its Sony who needs consumers.
Its hurting both sides.
Its also about data traffic.
_EvilMonkey_  +   1295d ago
well this will get ugly, for both parties.
Taggart451  +   1295d ago
I hope they know they aren't doing anything except frustrate everyone.
Lindsey  +   1295d ago
Is this why the PSN website isn't working.
Ares84  +   1295d ago
Yes, thank these assholes!

See people?? This is what hackers are good for. I wouldn't be suprised if they fuck up PSN next. Than what will all the smart guys who supported the hackers say??? Thank you for fucking up my gaming experience you duchebags???

I hope that Sony will crack down on these bastards with full force.

But thank you again hackers for costing Sony more money and taking away time and money from video game developement. You hackers aren't on the gamers side you are on your own side and I hope you all die soon!!
_EvilMonkey_  +   1295d ago
lets all sing that song, Sony's about to whip these Hackers Ass.
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Lindsey  +   1295d ago
I agree with you. This is some BS, I was just going on the PSN to buy a new game, but thanks to these jerks I can't really do that now.

GRRRR
ssj2gohan83  +   1295d ago
That will be the job of the FBI in the US, Scotland Yard in the UK, and State Police for member countries in EU. DDos attacks is a federal crime and it can net the perpetrator up to 10 years of "pound you in the ass prison" in the US.
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ChickeyCantor  +   1294d ago
"See people?? This is what hackers are good for."

ITS NOT EVEN HACKING.

They are just sending packages of data to said destination. Tons of times a sec.

Hackers aren't just for corruption so stop putting lables on them. These people ARE NOT hackers. Even a retard can do this.

I understand where all of you are coming from, but damn most of you are acting out of ignorance.

"HACKER"....yeah why not run around your town and start screaming"HACKERS" as if cthulhu is coming.
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user9422077  +   1295d ago
Shit just got serious.

LOL at those who said the group weren't serious.
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palaeomerus  +   1295d ago
I said that 1.) they aren't really a group. 2.) They are mostly script kiddies from 4chan who claim to be acting as "anonymous" when they do something but have no real connections or organization and 3.) That they get caught a lot when they do stuff because they are just silly script kiddies.

Now they've (probably really just a he) DOS'd a commercial site of a company with notoriously bad online security . Chinese hackers probably wouldn't get caught. Some evil weirdo CS grad student at UC Berkeley probably wouldn't get caught. But some guy who hangs out on 4-Chan probably WILL get caught. And he'll have a couple of even dumber copy-catters out there claiming to be the rest of anonymous. It's silly.
SuperDopetastic  +   1295d ago
Sony is about to fuck someone up...
GamerSciz  +   1295d ago
Sony is a very large company whereas these hackers are mere ants. Prepare for the squashing, or better yet I feel Sony is sick of them and instead of making it quick and painless they are going to get out the big magnifying glass and fry these hackers.
SuperDopetastic  +   1295d ago
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Focker420  +   1295d ago
I wish the mafia was still around for things like this
SuperDopetastic  +   1295d ago
I think The Ghost Busters are in charge of matters like this now.
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Star_Waters  +   1295d ago
This is just childish now, why dont you fuck off, your not cool anymore
Kurisu  +   1295d ago
I agree. They've pushed it now...
tigertron  +   1294d ago
They weren't cool in the first place.

I couldn't get on the PSN last night, I don't know if that was due to maintainence or these hackers, but what is for sure, that these hackers need to grow the hell up. I hope law enforcement agencies trace this Anon and throw the book at him.
ian72  +   1295d ago
What a bunch of T*ssers. This is hurting the public more than Sony.
And they wonder why a lot of people (including me) hate them.
Acquiescence  +   1295d ago
And that's why...
hackers are a blight on the industry and will always be good for nothing. They'll end up hurting consumers just as much as they attempt to hurt Sony.
khan_saab  +   1295d ago
holy crap these guys are serious. i predict by the end of next year we can expect a movie made on this whole fiasco with sony owning the distribution rights.

go sony!!!!!!!! show these losers no mercy
Star_Waters  +   1295d ago
They should make into a gangster film, then the hackers will get a proper beating lol
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QuodEratDemonstrandm  +   1295d ago
And GeoHot will be played by Shia laBoeuf or that Jesse Eisenberg guy that was in Jericho.
nskrishna2  +   1295d ago
Elijah Woods man...that dude looks like Frodo Baggins..:P
Alcohog  +   1295d ago
DoS attacks...must be newfags. Anon is probably embarrassed.
majiebeast  +   1295d ago
Are these internet Robin Hoods just stupid since when is hacking and distributing copyrighted software freedom of speech? Why dont they just crawl in a ditch and die. Or better yet get a real job. Bunch of 12 year olds throwing a tantrum.

Your not defending a Assange no your defending a spotty little geek with a jewfro and the only thing bigger then his jewfro is his ego.
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LeShin  +   1295d ago
Total idiots! Haven't they got anything else better to do? Get a bloody job, go out with your friends or whatever but stop wasting your and everyone's time!

Whatever they plan to do in the future better not affect me tossers!

If you know any of these pricks, please put up their personal details up on the web :-)
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alex3369  +   1295d ago
your a retard. so what if they prefer to hack stuff rather than hang out with friends. your the asshat who thinks everyone should be liking whats "popular". i disagree with anonymouses choice to handle this situation but to say they shouldn't hack and get friends is a troll like thing to say. cant wait for the disagrees!
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LeShin  +   1295d ago
You are the retard! They can hack or they want, but to hack because they want to 'get back' at a company whose trying to protect it's assets by going after the pricks who are trying to hack their stuff in the first place, need to get a life! GTFO
ChickeyCantor  +   1294d ago
"Total idiots! Haven't they got anything else better to do? Get a bloody job, go out with your friends or whatever but stop wasting your and everyone's time! "

A lot of them actually do have jobs, they do have friends.
Anonymous could even be your dog.

Anyone could perform such a task...just mask your IP adress.
lowcarb  +   1295d ago
Dang...now that's just sad.
StarScream4Ever  +   1295d ago
Jerks. Ruining it for the normal consumers.
ardivt  +   1295d ago
exactly this.
but it's the problem of many people (I don't call them hackers because they're only stupid kiddies joining botnets): the world ignores them until they damage something. and suddenly there's the recognition they were longing for such a long time.
poor lonely kids they are.
mushroomwig  +   1295d ago
It's just a ddos attack. They did the same thing with CNN a year or so ago and the site was down for a good...3 hours in total.

A ddos attack isn't exactly complicated, it doesn't require you to be an elite hacker in order to do it.

It's about as far as this "hacker" group can go.
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Lindsey  +   1295d ago
The amount of users that running this operation makes it a bit more difficult to stop. Just look what they did to PayPal a few months ago for their aid in censoring Wikileaks.
wray77  +   1295d ago
I think Sony's getting what it deserves. If I view a video or post a comment, you're going to violate my privacy? They're acting like big brother.
mushroomwig  +   1295d ago
Getting what it deserves? It's hurting the customers more than Sony themselves.
wray77  +   1295d ago
A few eggs have to be broken.
NeloAnjelo  +   1295d ago
Well said mushroomwig. Some people fail to understand that two wrongs don't make something right. Why should innocent gamers suffer because Sony is trying to protect its intellectual property. These guys are frauds and only seek attention... like a crying baby. What a way to promote their "free speech". This case affects all of us, now more so than ever.
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ChickeyCantor  +   1294d ago
" Why should innocent gamers suffer because Sony is trying to protect its intellectual property. "

Im not sure why this is exactly going on.
But from wray77 comment, its about privacy?
So in the end its also for the interest of "innocent gamers".

It is suppose to affect all of you, thats the point!
They do want attention to get their point across and make people get the idea of what they are trying to do.
But so many seem to miss that I guess.
DA_SHREDDER  +   1295d ago
agreed Wray. also, Sony actually robbed me by charging me 2 times for the COD dlc, and after I sent them the proof of what they did, they still decided that it wasn't their fault. I actually had to press fraud charges on them, and while i did get half my money back, they ended up banning my account until I give them the money they feel they are entitled to. And to make matters worse, i have money in my wallet. Also, i was like, well fuck it , give me back all the money i spent on the psn, i dont even wanna fuck with sony anymore after this, but i guess they think they can push us little people around. Thats why i guess they say what they say? Karma is a bitch isn't it Sony?
nycredude  +   1295d ago
You deserved to be robbed if you were buying the COD DLC.
awesomeperson  +   1295d ago
A) I doubt it.

B) LOL you bought COD Dlc

C) You deserve it if your in any way shape or form supporting these low lifes.

Oh also I don't see how Sony are pushing us around, and I guess it really hurt Sony, those few hours the site was offlien -.-

P.S. It didn't hurt Sony 1 bit.

I would like a reply but you have 1 bubble.
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NeloAnjelo  +   1295d ago
Dude, you have no clue. As a gamer you should be ashamed of that comment. Infact you speak as if you know nothing about the subject matter. So STFU! Come back after you've done some reading.

All this action does is harm the honest gamers who PAY for their games and Support the Industry.
wray77  +   1295d ago
Dear Sir,

This is about more than "gamers" and pirates.

I see it's a black and white world you live in below, if one's wrong than the other must be right.
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NeloAnjelo  +   1295d ago
That is where you are wrong. My privacy has not been comprised. Its only about gamers and pirates. One makes the industry successful and the other destroys it. One supports, while the other breaks.

Geohotz, et al are the ones who CAN violate your privacy. And guess what? They feel that its not breaking the law.
palaeomerus  +   1295d ago
Geohotz didn't violate anyone's privacy. Sony did however when they improperly subpoenaed records of who looked at his site. They claim they will only use that for justifying why they chose to sue in California but who knows that they will do with that?

You whine about hackers harming consumers with this DOS attack and they are but you ignore the way that publishers hurt consumers with DRM and one use tokens to fight "piracy" (they are obviously really targeting used game sales) and yet the DRM doesn't fight piracy at all since the pirates crack it out and don't have to worry about it while the paying customers do.

Sony Music was putting root-kit installers on music CD's that triggered if you PLAYED a CD on your PC that compromised PC security. Not ripped, but PLAYED.

I think DOS attacks are stupid but Sony is not blameless or faultless here and this really has very little to do with Geohotz. The guy or guys doing this are using him as an excuse and trying to win very temporary internet fame for their Anonymous meme/gag.
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NeloAnjelo  +   1295d ago
@palaeomerus

Since you show such clear perspective, and I am "whining"... what will Sony possible do with thousands of IP addesses? Even mine is on there. Clealy its to identify other hackers. Secondly I never said that GeoHotz violated anyone's privacy. I said hackers can... very different statements as I was replying to wray77.

Developers will always seek to make money. That is business. Why should all the money for used games go to the distributors? That makes no sense. I buy used games, and I want to support the developers. I don't agree with the way it being done, but what other choice is there?

We all talk about morals, like if making money in a business world is wrong. I'll admit that not all developers and/or publishers are trustworthy, however, getting it free is unacceptable. GeoHotz placed himself in the spotlight. His antics alone shows that he himself has no morals or integrity.

Finally your DRM argument proves my point. The actions of hackers only leads to honest, paying consumers suffering as a result. More updates, more time, space, and more security because of a small minority. Yet they call that fighting for free speech? Well sorry that's a load of crap.
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lee_ten  +   1295d ago
what in ignorant statement.
Surreal  +   1295d ago
Nelo is right... Sony would've never conceived that DRM root-kit if pirates didn't exist.

As far as DA_SHREDDER's frustration with Sony not refunding his money, I can relate to that. Sony needs to do a better job of catering to their customers who have legitimate billing claims instead of having a strict 'all sales are final' policy.
Loner  +   1295d ago
They probably done it just so they could read the funny butthurt comments here

@ Silly gamer

I wouldnt really call them hackers.More script kiddys with botnets.
Not a worthy cause but a funny one
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Silly gameAr  +   1295d ago
Yeah, that's what hackers that claim they are for the people do. Bring down a site to piss off fanboys. That's a worthy cause if I've ever seen one.
bayport  +   1295d ago
Am i the only one who thinks that the sites being down is just a coincidence? xD

The website is up for me :P
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TheKindRoost  +   1295d ago
These idiots needs to get out of their basement and go out into the real world to see the true meaning on attack of freedom of speech.
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loeb80  +   1295d ago
absolutely.. grow up fuckers
ardivt  +   1295d ago
yeah. most of that stupid fat kids only care for their internet and customer rights but not for their country's politics.
Raendom  +   1295d ago
Illegal as f*ck, and this isn't helping Geohot. Sony could claim that this guy is working on Geodude's behalf.
palaeomerus  +   1295d ago
If they can't prove that, then who cares? This is between Sony and the script kiddy calling himself Anonymous this week. It isn't reasonable to blame it on Hotz without proof of his direct involvement. Hotz is a REAL hacker with a real skill set for penetrating embedded security schemes. He probably has no desire to be involved with DOS bombing idiots from 4-chan who have a record for getting caught. within a week of doing what ever they do and NOT being a real hacker group so much as a nom de guerre for people planning mischief independently.

This attack is from someone seeking to be a parasite to the publicity associated with Hotz' case. He is not supporting Hotz. He is probably telling the "friend" that will turn him in about this right now expecting praise for messing with Sony.
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joinsideke  +   1295d ago
I love people with invalid vendettas.
Senden  +   1295d ago
Lol that's pretty funny actually, sony should have expected a backlash in all fairness and honesty.
The_KELRaTH  +   1295d ago
I wouldn't say there was a backlash against Sony even if it was the intention as I and the many other gamers were the ones stopped from enjoying online gaming last night.

I paid for the console and paid for the game so Sony and the publisher have their cash whether I'm able to play or not.
Senden  +   1295d ago
Did it really take down the whole PSN? I just thought it took down the websites. While it's true that it hurts you guys a bit (one night without gaming is hardly the end of the world but it's pretty embarrassing for Sony so from a saving face point of you, I think they got the worst out of it.
The_KELRaTH  +   1295d ago
I agree it was just irritating. My clan was in the middle of a Killzone 3 match when it all just came to a halt.

I'm not so sure it would be embarrasing to Sony - it's not like many other major companies haven't suffered the effects of virus's, DDoS attacks etc over the years but I'm sure gamers would soon get very frustrated if this started to happen on a weekly or even daily event.

DDoS is a criminal offence in UK/ Europe so it will be interesting to see how this pans out.
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NeloAnjelo  +   1295d ago
Typical. Good way to promote your "cause" and fight for "free speech". All there're doing is showing their true colours. No thought has been given to the honest gamers, developers, and the public who own parts of the company.

They are selfish and only seek to promote their own agendas. And to the retards that donated... They can easily do this to you one day as they have no sense of morality. Only one thing matters to these guys and you can bet its not in any gamers interest.
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doctorstrange  +   1295d ago
Yeah
I was for their attacks on cult websites etc, this is just silly
kuge456  +   1295d ago
Well,they cracked for those who play and not pay.

WTF are they doing?

They think they are justice?Childish.
extermin8or  +   1295d ago
Ok i disagree with some of sony's contacts but really neither side has been perfect but this does nothing to sony but more to the customers, like the actual hack piracy will have lost them money but shifted units... yet the hacking that some games experienced ruined them (further)....
ReBurn  +   1295d ago
There's always going to be a group who thinks that every corporation is anti-consumer. This kind of action never evokes the kind of response that resolves anything, though. It just makes things worse for the rest of us who don't have a beef.

I hate being caught in the middle.
Thatlalala  +   1295d ago
Most corporation's are anti-consumer. There only here to rape your wallet and fatten there's if you believe otherwise you are an idiot sir.
ReBurn  +   1293d ago
Caveat emptor, my friend. They can only take what I'm willing to give them.
Zashule  +   1295d ago
You know what I find sad about this, is the major contrast between Sony related hacking being dissed, but XBOX related hacking being praised.
It makes no sense to me that this article gets comments like "This action cements the fact that...
hackers are scumbags. No bullshit justification this time - they're really showing their true colours now. "
But XBOX getting hacked gets responses like "Quite a major fail on his part" and "Pwned!"
I guess that means this site really is N4SFB.
nskrishna2  +   1295d ago
Not so long ago the site was dominated by xbox fangirls.
I dunno about the time when xbox got hacked, but i'm sure they would have feld bad..and what did M$ do?
They sent them T shirts
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