Sony Hacker Group “Anonymous” Boycotts: Sony Store Sit-ins?

Earlier in the week we were told via ominous video messages that members of the infamous Sony hacking group Anonymous would descend on Sony Centers across the planet and show Sony Anonymous’ true power over the final result over the Geohot/Sony settlement from earlier this week. But so far there have been no mass protests, no violent clashes with police, just a slightly infuriated Manchester store manager.

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maxcavsm2533d ago

Holy shit, that is some funny stuff. One lone dude in a Guy Fawkes mask, looking like mom forgot to pick him up from soccer practice.

I wonder if that one store actually closed in case some shit went down?

-Alpha2533d ago (Edited 2533d ago )

That picture was taken before today, I've seen it floating around the internet about 4 days ago

Most likely someone who protested alone before the "official" event. Probably forgot the official date or something, maybe even a fake protester who did it to poke fun

This protest wont do much and wont garner much attention unless it turns violent. Anonymous protest groups for Scientology were much bigger yet that Cult is still in business. These guys will tire themselves out eventually. I just hope they don't go back to over-trafficking PSN.

Eiffel2533d ago (Edited 2533d ago )

Anonymous never intended to get rid of the cult, merely change the ways they ran their religion, namely making it free and taking responsibility for their illegal actions they've done over the years, there are tons of facts and cases on the things they've done. And Scientology has been hit hard. Several of their orgs have closed, they've lost many of it's members. Anonymous has saved many people from the cult, referring info to the public during protests, made it safe for people within the cult to speak out, helped get their financial life back, wasn't until mid 2010 that politicians were getting involved. Namely Senator Nick Xenophon who has referred to the cult as a "Criminal Organization" stating action will be taken.

I know I'll get disagrees for speaking positively of Anonymous, due to how uniformed most people here are, but I'm standing by whats been said, and it's true.

gamingdroid2533d ago

I don't know they shut down store in Manchester, and that is likely because of time differences. April 16th was yesterday in England and today in the US so it just about started here..

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-Alpha2533d ago (Edited 2533d ago )


I wasn't aware of that, sorry, I missed the point of Anonymous' protests against Scientology then. I am aware of what they exposed with Scientology, and they succeeded in exposing their tightly-knit organization.

What I mean to say in the comparison is that this wont change much for Sony because whether or not they did anything wrong is debatable in this case.

While I understand that they are fighting for freedoms, I do not feel Sony is particularly restrictive of the PS3, and that this case is more to do with GeoHot distributing something illegally.

And with fewer supporters with less of an issue that they are dealing with, these protests wont cause the change they are looking for. There just isn't enough support or enough of an issue here to force change on Sony

TheStonedSheep2533d ago

@gamingdroid Dude, we're not talking about Australia, it's only a 5 hour time difference, it's 7:34pm April 16th right now.

BattleAxe2533d ago

These guys are a bunch of losers. There are major wars going on around the world, a major nuclear catastrophe and tsunami devastation in Japan, food shortages and major disease problems in Africa, and these guys are upset and wasting their time and energy protesting because Sony removed the "Other OS"....totally pathetic.

Dante1122533d ago (Edited 2533d ago )

Lol, like someone said below. Trafford centre is near Old Trafford, today was Darby Day, which means Machester utd vs Manchester city (one of the biggest football matches). Darby day is a very quiet day (Sometimes store managers let a few employees off or close up if it a slow day) and police are usually out because it kicks off between fans (hooligans). Bad choice of day for a protest.

RankFTW2533d ago

Hahaha I've never wet myself laughing untill now.

shoddy2533d ago

I wouldn't do something like that alone.
maybe with 10 guys like we are gansta.

now the laugh is on him.

jadenkorri2533d ago

@ gamingdroid

wow biggest xbot ever, and truly American. Wow its like tomorrow over there.

ChrisW2533d ago

Wow... I find it hard to believe that Sony actually took such precautions. I myself wouldn't be afraid of them.

zag2533d ago (Edited 2533d ago )

That picture is the whole group of Anons, the others are just Hello, I'm Jane IRC bots.

Be funny if that guy got arrested for being a public nuisance.

HolyOrangeCows2533d ago (Edited 2533d ago )

Just one kid in front of a store in a mall, after it closed. I'll bet that paper in the one picture was placed by one of them, too; it doesn't take a corporation to print an 8-1/2 by 11 and post it on the outside of a closed shop.

"We have 300 on standby for Trafford. Moving them from standby locations until police clear away from centre. Operation is a go. All Manchester shops closed"
300 people protesting and all we have is one picture of a little boy in a guy fawkes mask?
Yeah right. Try harder, failures.

I was wrong about only 10 protesters showing up.....only 1 did! haha.

Bowzabub2533d ago (Edited 2533d ago )

Refer to my original comment to this article.

macky3012533d ago

That is Torrece Davis most probably,..

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Eddie201012533d ago (Edited 2533d ago )

These pictures were taken before the stores were opened for the day. Dishonest reporting and dishonest Anonymous hacking group (hence being Anonymous) trying to make the gaming community think they are much larger and much more organized than they really are. In reality they are as mush a joke as GeoHotz is. These bitches don’t represent nothing but dishonesty and thievery and they sure as hell don’t represent the gaming comunity.

Zeevious2533d ago (Edited 2533d ago )

I absolutely agree.

I'm a gamer, and I care about gaming and rewarding game developers for great games -- Not stealing them and whining that I have the right to...or tricking people into donating money I'll spend on my court issues while I spend my own money on vacation.

Sometime after this picture, do you think the dedicated Anonymoose member decided to try actually taking a shower, or maybe even talking to someone in a romantic context that wasn't on the end of a Pay-Per-Minute line or website that ended in .xxx or that you had to steal Mommy's credit card to enter, 'single-handedly' ?

I think so...Sitting bored in a Sony showroom waiting for his mom to pick him up wearing that ThinkGeek Big-Mans Pixel-tie was just the self-confidence builder lil-bitty Anonymoose needed to really make a difference in the world.

Go get-em' Sparky!

Zeevious2533d ago (Edited 2533d ago )


The disagree's make me laugh about as much as all FOUR of the Anannymoose "hacktivist's" fighting for the rights with almost FOUR of their members. (but they have 300 'waiting' - Rigggggghht)
(Let's see if we can actually get all FOUR AnnoyingUs's band of hackette's to all disagree here and support the cause! (only 2 so far...c'mon team, You Can Do it!))

You know it doesn't take an SQL injection to look up Sony's database and see they have almost 50 stores and outlets in just the US alone :
...and about a Billion if you count every place that sells anything Sony.

That alone makes you less "Anonymous" and more "Hilarious" or the phrase I invented for you above "AnnoyingUs" . . . So you "hacktimated" almost a fraction of 1 entire PERCENT of their global store market.

Next up another lame Denial of Service script-kiddie, I've got a mask from the movie Vendetta, look at me...and please, don't forget to pick me up after schooewl mommy, I wish I was a real hacker - 'attack'

I'll say it one more time:

F O U R.

P.s. a DOS attack is the hallmark of the lamest-_ _ _ "hacker" you can get. That's Sooooo mid 90's.

Thanks for the middle-school flashback little-ones -- Next time try something that takes the skill of all FOUR of you.

I don't know if I mentioned this...but...


Zeevious2531d ago (Edited 2531d ago )

WOW - All FOUR of Annoyingus's members actually where able to all get together, coordinate a worldwide effort, make accounts on N4G and actually change the world by disagreeing with me here!

FOUR entire disagree's - The same number of dedicated protesters that showed up at the GLOBAL SONY PROTEST from "hundreds on standby"

LOL...Annoyingus, you are nothing but a nuisance, and just showed the world you're good for nothing but taking up space in your parents basements, keeping the Hot Pockets company in business, and inhaling perfectly good air that people who matter could be breathing..

Please...disagree some more, but be careful or Sony and I might tell your parents!

P.s. F O U R

WharenPeace2533d ago

I have to admit, when I saw this article, I couldn't help but laugh. What exactly were they thinking? Come to think of it, there's only one answer.

shoddy2533d ago

super geek in the house!

I'm sorry to say I feel sorry for them.
my sympathy.
they need a life.

ANIALATOR1362533d ago

I doubt they were wanting to aid the hackers. They were only there to cause trouble. In the north of England, in schools if someone shouts "FIGHT!" everyone will run and try to catch it. We like to cause trouble.

Persistantthug2533d ago

Sony stores would have had a section all waiting for the protesters with cookies, cake, and punch, all ready to go for them.

unknownhero11232533d ago

truth be told, if sony did that then I would have joined the protesters just for the free food especially if it was choclate chip cookies. who can say no to choclate chip?

awesomeperson2533d ago

Apparently a few have closed according to the article.

I see this as hurting the consumer still - say I wanted to buy a new TV that day and couldn't because the store had to close.

Due to that I wouldn't go buy another brand TV but just find another shop or come back later. Hell when its closed people won't even know its due to anonymous.

Fails all around.

Shackdaddy8362533d ago (Edited 2533d ago )

It won't hurt anything. It would hurt them if the things Sony was selling didn't cost that much and were everyday things. But since they are selling T.V.s and stuff then missing a day wont affect anything at all.

Plus there stuff is sold at any electronics store. "Oh no. This store is closed. Guess I will give up then. Oh wait, there's a Best Buy right next to here. I will just go there".

All this is doing is showing how the people who do protest have absolutely no lives.

Noble Spartan2533d ago

haha fatso alone watching sony tv loool

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Shackdaddy8362533d ago (Edited 2533d ago )

Oh no. A couple of geeky kids who learned hacking off a For Dummies book are going to boycott sony products...

What is that? Like <1% of the people who already don't buy Sony stuff because they prefer other things? What a joke. Lol.

This isn't going to even put a dent in Sony's profits. lol.

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AmigoSniped2533d ago

That is so lame. F his life

fluffydelusions2533d ago (Edited 2533d ago )

Lulz, Bit early for Halloween. Wonder how many people asked him why he is wearing the mask.

Shadow Flare2533d ago

And then laughed hysterically when he told them why

Zir02533d ago

I'm surprised they even managed to get one store closed.

You would think Sony would have better security on hand considering all the threats.

fluffydelusions2533d ago (Edited 2533d ago )

This guy hardly looks a threat to anyone but himself. Looks like he hits the fast food a bit much. That stuff will kill you.

TheStonedSheep2533d ago (Edited 2533d ago )

Perhaps they were just taking precautions, but it looks like the police kind of have that store secure.

I'm sure the employees are overjoyed, now they get to play some PS3 instead dealing with customers.

Dannehkins2533d ago

You would think Zir0 would change the tune he's been playing for god knows how long... but he doesn't.

So that kinda puts a spanner in your works.

lastdual2533d ago (Edited 2533d ago )

Oh, the horror!

...seems more like self punishment to me.