Anonymous to stage global in-store Sony protests

Monday, 11th April 2011 15:52 GMT By Stace Harman

Hacktivist group Anonymous is looks to raise awareness of its cause by staging a number of four-hour sit-ins at Sony stores around the world. This is likely to be more popular with gamers than the group’s recent attacks on PSN.

The group is looking to promote its opposition to the legal action being taken by Sony against PlayStation 3 jailbreaker George ‘Geoholt’ Hotz, and has amassed around 1,000 pledges of support on Facebook from people willing to join the protests on Saturday April 16.

The group claims that Sony’s action is an attempt to “interrupt the free flow of information”.

A recent attack on PSN, which caused the service to be unavailable for most of the day last Monday, was slammed by gamers who claimed that the group were doing more harm than good.

We’ll await reports on Saturday to try to establish how many people actually take part in the planned action.

With thanks to GamePolitics



  1. StolenGlory

    They won’t be so ‘Anonymous’ if they do that then will they?

    Silly assclowns.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Zarckan

    What StolenGlory said! :)

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Robo_1

    I don’t envy any store manager who has to deal with a gaggle of upset neckbeard’s on a Saturday afternoon.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. OrbitMonkey

    “All we are saaayyiiing, is give other OS baaaccck”

    #4 4 years ago
  5. DSB

    Anonymous Nerdrage.

    They won’t actually show up though, they’re just asking other people to do it for them. Feel their power!

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Christopher Jack

    These fools won’t accomplish a damn thing, attacking a company will just annoy it’s customers.

    I would have thought out of all the evil corporations, other than their support of DRM Sony would have been on the lighter end.

    These guys are acting as if Sony’s the first company to sue ‘the little guy’ while trying to protect their investment, oddly a majority of these guys are the kind of people Sony go out of their way to defend against.

    I’m not saying that all hackers are pirates, but there’s clearly a link between the two (talking about the kind of guys who bypass security measures in the excuse homebrew or free rights or whatever other bullshit rather than actual programmers).

    If these clowns want to change anything, they have to do it politically, if Sony’s exploiting the law, you change the law.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Razor

    Jesus Wept.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. ManuOtaku

    I will start a company, a one that manufactures vendetta masks

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Xuchilbara

    Wait… Am I the only one seeing that a wanna be hacking group is sooooooo good at hacking, they have to do in store “sit-ins” to get attention?

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Syrok

    So are they going to call this off now that Sony settled the case with Hotz?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Mace

    So they’re actually leaving their houses? Tough guys.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Cygnar

    I sure love the PS3 homebrew scene.

    Hackers and cheaters on Modern Warfare 2 can be pretty annoying, but it’s a worthy sacrifice, given what the community has gained. After all, without Hotz and the rest, I’d never be able to play great homebrew games, such as



    #12 4 years ago
  13. ManuOtaku

    #10 What happened mate?, iam at work so it doesnt allow me to open the link, what it says?

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Beefyheart

    *watches Sony stores not to open on that Saturday*

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Syrok


    “Joint Statement

    Sony Computer Entertainment America (“SCEA”) and George Hotz (“Hotz”) today announced the settlement of the lawsuit filed by SCEA against Hotz in federal court in San Francisco, California. The parties reached an agreement in principle on March 31, 2011. As part of the settlement, Hotz consented to a permanent injunction.

    Both parties expressed satisfaction that litigation had been quickly resolved. “Sony is glad to put this litigation behind us,” said Riley Russell, General Counsel for SCEA. “Our motivation for bringing this litigation was to protect our intellectual property and our consumers. We believe this settlement and the permanent injunction achieve this goal.”

    “It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier,” said Hotz, “I’m happy to have the litigation behind me.” Hotz was not involved in the recent attacks on Sony’s internet services and websites.

    In the action, SCEA accused Hotz of violating federal law by posting online information about the security system in the PlayStation 3 videogame console and software that SCEA claimed could be used to circumvent the security system in the console and allow the playing of pirated videogames. Hotz denies any wrongdoing on his part. Hotz’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction was still pending before the federal court in San Francisco but a preliminary injunction was issued requiring Hotz to take down the postings challenged by SCEA.

    “We want our consumers to be able to enjoy our devices and products in a safe and fun environment and we want to protect the hard work of the talented engineers, artists, musicians and game designers who make PlayStation games and support the PlayStation Network,” added Russell. “We appreciate Mr. Hotz’s willingness to address the legal issues involved in this case and work with us to quickly bring this matter to an early resolution.””

    #15 4 years ago
  16. ManuOtaku

    #15 thank you very much mate

    #16 4 years ago
  17. StolenGlory

    Ah good.

    Now Anonymous can kindly shut their Chilli holes and crawl back into whatever parent’s basement they came from.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Fin

    I remember one of my friends in uni thought of himself as part of Anonymous – I was bitching about their attacks on Scientology (like hacking and DDOSing are really going to change anything).
    He replied with

    “I would’ve gone to the protest, but I didn’t get up early enough”

    Anonymous in a nutshell.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Rosseu

    I want one of those masks

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Ireland Michael

    @1 They’ll walk around stores in their stupid V masts, or a sock.

    People will laugh at them, and security will drag them out of the stores.

    Nothing will change. At all. Ever.

    Welcome the life of Anonymous.

    What a bunch of fucking tools.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. FredEffinChopin

    I wish anonymous provided some service to somebody, then one could boycott them. Unfortunately they do nothing for anybody. Oh well.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. NeoSquall

    If I was a store manager, next saturday I’d bring a flamethrower at work.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. spiderLAW

    Guy Fox (Fawkes)* masks…not V masks.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Christopher Jack

    I don’t get why people would boycott Sony over actions to a couple of dozen guys. This exact same case has been done hundreds of times before from different companies over different software, big fucking deal, you should know what happens when you publish potentially harmful information.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Ireland Michael

    @23 I’ll well aware of the origin of the mask.

    But I can assure you, they didn’t choose them because of their appreciation of English history. They choose them because some guy in pretentious pseudo-intellectual comic book wore it.

    Which sums up Anonymous pretty well, now that I think about it…

    #25 4 years ago
  26. spiderLAW

    reason why i brought it up. I knew that some intellectual individual would make that sort of observation….and honestly i knew it would be you lol.

    (not saying it as a bad thing. Just was making a curious setup is all. like ive saaid countless times; i love to learn from observation)

    #26 4 years ago
  27. ManuOtaku

    #25,26 well to tell you the truth i saw the movie Vendetta, and then i research the real history behind it, therefore i dont see how they cannot do the same?, it doesnt matter the source material (anime, movie, comics, manga, games etc), what it matters its if you research the things you like or inspire you ir order to gain more knowladge.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Ireland Michael

    @27 Because the book / movie is insipid and pretentious tripe.

    It wouldn’t be so bad if they were actually fighting for something *meaningful*.

    I’m sorry, but the removal of one single feature out of a piece of hardware is not oppression against the masses.

    It’s nothing like what the hippies fought for, or the punk. It is not a meaningful event of our lives, and nobody will be remembered for it. People gave their lives for what they believe it, because they were actually things worth fighting for.

    This isn’t.

    And these Anonymous twats are so up their own asses they actually think it is. They’re so full of it that took a symbol of oppression (from a comic book, no less) and tried to associate with their weak excuse for a “culture”. Talk about elevating their own important.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Gekidami

    Seeing as Guy Fawkes wasnt in any way a great revolutionary fighting for freedom, its pretty clear that, yeah they’re going for the V for Vendetta version.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. ManuOtaku

    #28 well i did enjoy the movie to tell you the truth, although the real history is way better, i hope for a real iteration movie that is close to the source material in the future.

    And what i did tried to said is that it doesnt matter their position on this issue, if it is right or wrong or if it is meaningful or not, most of the people will see it wrong, or that is not meaningful, but for them it is, if it is good or bad, that will depend of the point of view of each individual, but that doesnt mean that they cannot fight for it, or that they are human beings that arent capable of seaking more knowlage, they can be wrong but they are also humans, thats what iam trying to say, how many times fathers told to their sons fight for what you believe, it doesnt matter if it is right or wrong what it does matter is your feelings about it, and if they are in the fase of some type of culture well we need to let them pass that cycle in their lyfes, i hope they will learn something about it that maybe will make them better human beings in the end. no one knows, like the old adage live and let die mate.

    You know what we need as a society, we need more emphaty, put in other shoes, that way the world would be better.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Ireland Michael

    @30 I’m a big believer in empathy, and I’m all for people fighting for what they believe it, but lets be realistic here…

    This is not the vietnam war.

    This is not people protesting on the streets and taking bullets for what they believe in.

    This is not people fighting back against pigs (police) because the average citizen isn’t allowed even basic human rights.

    This is not gay people crying out for the same basic rights as every other human being on the planet.

    It’s an almost universally unused feature of a piece of hardware on a video game console.

    If my father told me to stand up for the freedom of my people, and our right to decide what goes on in our country, I would do so in an instance.

    If my father told me to sit on the internet and send out DDOS attacks on a video game console manufacturer because they removed a feature on their console that went almost entirely unused by 99% of owners… I’d laugh in his face and tell him to get his priorities straight.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. spiderLAW


    #32 4 years ago

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