Anonymous Taking Sony Fight to the Street

April 11, 2011 -

Hactivist group Anonymous may have targeted Sony's web sites and online services in the past week as a way to protest its legal action against PS3 jailbreaker George "Geohot" Hotz, but soon it will take the fight offline like it did with the Church of Scientology. The group announced that it is staging a 4-hour in-store boycott at Sony stores around world on Saturday, April 16. Over 1,000 people have committed to joining in on the protests through Facebook.

Last Monday, Anonymous launched a DDoS attack on the PlayStation Network (PSN) that made it inaccessible for most of the day. At the same time, an Anonymous offshoot calling itself "SonyRecon" targeted individual Sony employees. But taking down the PSN was not the most popular of decisions; PS3 users complained that the takedown was doing more harm than good to gamers.

Anonymous reversed the hack and took down the Sony Careers page instead. "Anonymous is not attacking the PSN at this time. Sony's official position is that the PSN is undergoing maintenance. We realize that targeting the PSN is not a good idea. We have therefore temporarily suspended our action, until a method is found that will not severely impact Sony customers," Anonymous wrote in a blog post.

Public awareness and generating publicity to group activities and causes is probably a better avenue to follow than hacking and embarrassing Sony employees.

We will continue to follow this story as it develops.

Source: PC Magazine


Comments

Re: Anonymous Taking Sony Fight to the Street

An in store protest?  But that's... legal!  Woah there, Anon, if you aren't careful you might go from internet asstards to legitimate advocacy group.

Re: Anonymous Taking Sony Fight to the Street

This is not anonymous merely a group using the name. Thats the problem with organizations that have no concrete organization. Anyone can claim to be them without any way to prove otherwise.

Re: Anonymous Taking Sony Fight to the Street

that's exactly it, anonymous isnt an organization in any normal sense of the word and anyone can claim to be anonymous if they so choose.  it seems to me that wearing an EFG mask and calling oneself Anonymous is one of the latest internet fads.

Re: Anonymous Taking Sony Fight to the Street

Except that by claiming you are, you, by definition, at the very least cease to be it.

Re: Anonymous Taking Sony Fight to the Street

Especially considering one of their main rules is that if you claim to be in Anonymous, you aren't.

"Power means nothing without honor and pride."

http://grifsgamereviews.blogspot.com My video game review site.

Re: Anonymous Taking Sony Fight to the Street

I have an urge to buy something at a Sony store all of a sudden.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Anonymous Taking Sony Fight to the Street

And lo, the President of the Internet did decree that all across his domain, all of his domains, from the top-level domains of ICANN to the lengthiest, most convoluted subdomains of public universities, from that day forward, on any website, should any person mention the subject of a boycott, at any time and for any reason, there should be at least one person to declare, as smugly and smarmily as possible, that he wanted to buy whatever product or service was being boycotted.

"My Lord!" said a lowly serf.  "Should this man explain himself?  Should he give an accounting of his rationale, the reasons he has chosen to oppose the protesters and join with the protestee?"

And a shadow passed across the face of the President of the Internet, and he was wroth.

"I say thee NAY," said the President of the Internet.  "For such a man is FAR TOO IMPORTANT to have to explain himself.  His opinions are brilliant, and all must listen to them and be greatly impressed, for he is above such petty things as rational discussion.  He shall speak his mind, in no more than a single sentence, and he shall use the words sudden and urge, and that will be all.  And all will be in awe of him, because he is a truly, truly important person with very serious and important opinions."

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
Andrew EisenNow, having said that, what sites are you reading that are claiming that if "you self-identify as a Gamer, you're immediately the problem" or that gamers are "obligated to stop harassment"? Or was that hyperbole too?09/21/2014 - 1:03am
Andrew EisenFirst of all, ONE person in the Shout box suggested an obligation to call harassers out on their harassing but only after YOU brought it up. Plus, Techno said "when you see it happening." If you don't see it, you're not under any obligation.09/21/2014 - 1:02am
Sleaker@Craig R. - at this point I don't even know what the hashtags are suppsed to be in support of. what does GamerGate actually signify.09/21/2014 - 12:21am
Sleaker@AE - Hyperbole for the first 2, but it seems like some of the comments in the shout are attempting to place blame on fellow gamers because they aren't actively telling people to stop harassing even though they don't necessarily know anyone that has.09/21/2014 - 12:16am
Andrew EisenSleaker - Who the heck are you reading that is claiming "all gamers are bad," we "need to pass laws or judgement on all gamers," that if "you self-identify as a Gamer, you're immediately the problem," or that gamers are "obligated to stop harassment"?09/20/2014 - 9:44pm
erthwjimhe swatted more than just krebs, I think he swatted 30 people http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/05/teen-arrested-for-30-swattings-bomb-threats/09/20/2014 - 9:31pm
Craig R.Btw, the guy who swatted security expert Brian Krebs? He got picked up recently. It can be done.09/20/2014 - 8:55pm
Craig R.Such things are not done in a vacuum... hence why the 4chan and other logs show what fools you've all been, tricked into doing the trolls' work09/20/2014 - 8:49pm
Sleaker@Technogeek - How do you call someone out that anonymously calls in a SWAT team, or sends threats to people?09/20/2014 - 7:04pm
Technogeek"It also doesn't mean you're obligated to stop harassment from all gamers that are doing so." I'd say you're certainly obligated to call them out when you see it happening.09/20/2014 - 5:17pm
SleakerNow if you disagree with anything in my last 2 posts then we obviously have a difference in world view, and wont come to any sort of agreement. I'm fine with that, maybe some people aren't?09/20/2014 - 5:09pm
SleakerIt also doesn't mean that just because a news outlet says that Gamers are the problem and you self-identify as a Gamer, you're immediately the problem. It also doesn't mean you're obligated to stop harassment from all gamers that are doing so.09/20/2014 - 4:59pm
SleakerJust to re-iterate: People getting harassed is wrong. Just because someone is harassed by so called 'gamers' doesn't mean that all gamers are bad. nor does it mean that you need to pass laws or judgement on all gamers.09/20/2014 - 4:56pm
SleakerAnd furthermore just because someone doesn't 'crusade against the evil' that doesn't make them the problem. You can have discussion with those around you. There's a thing called sphere of influence.09/20/2014 - 4:54pm
Sleaker@Conster - one person getting harassed is a 'problem' only so far as the harassee's are doing it. Just because a select few people choose to act like this doesn't make it widespread. Nor does it immediately make everyone responsible to put an end to it.09/20/2014 - 4:54pm
james_fudgeno worries09/20/2014 - 4:15pm
TechnogeekI misread james' comment as "we can't have a debate without threatening" there at first. Actually wound up posting a shout about death threats and "kill yourself" not technically being the same thing before I realized.09/20/2014 - 3:59pm
james_fudgeDon't hit me *cowers behind Andrew*09/20/2014 - 3:20pm
ConsterYou take that back right now, james, or else. *shakes fist menacingly*09/20/2014 - 3:00pm
james_fudgeOur community is awesome. We can have a debate without threatening to kill each other.09/20/2014 - 2:50pm
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician