Anonymous issues new PSN video, denies action

Sunday, 24 April 2011 08:46 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Hacktivist group Anonymous has released a video message to PSN users over the fact US and EU online PlayStation services have been down since Wednesday, denying it had any involvement. Sony has already said PSN was taken offline thanks to an “external intrusion” and is currently working on “rebuilding” the “system”.

You can watch the movie after the break.


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  1. Gekidami

    “All your negative comments are actually totally in our favor, you’d better stop. Serious guys, stop… Please?… *sob*”.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. dtyk

    hmm… shut the fuck up

    god I hate these people more and more

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    Its funny that they’re trying to start some sort of evil conspiracy in which Sony took down PSN solely to put the blame on these tards.

    Fact is, Sony have already said that THEY took PSN down to re-secure it due to the attacks, in the end its still because of the hackers actions that Sony was forced to take PSN offline and pretty much put it back on the drawing board so any future attacks wouldnt damage it as much.

    If there were no attacks in the first place, we’d be playing online right now. Its odd that this fact seems to have gone over so many heads.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Robo_1

    This was snapped yesterday:

    So yeah…

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Jackie

    @4 lol ppl believe this? wow psn users sure are easy to troll

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Robo_1

    lol, not as easily as you Jackie, clearly. :D

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Syrok

    Someone really likes quotation marks. :P

    #7 4 years ago
  8. OrbitMonkey

    @4 Dammit, can’t read that on my little smartphone! What’s it say? Wonder how long it’ll take Sony to rebuild psn…& will it have cross game chat? ;-)

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Robo_1

    It’s an anonymous member of /v/ claiming that himself and other anonymous members are actively targeting Sony’s main server.

    Now whether or not you believe anonymous or anonymous is up to you. ;)

    #9 4 years ago
  10. 140UC

    Bull, just deny all you want. Your the ones that said Sony was going to be taken down, and now the heat is on, your going to just say “We didn’t do this, SONY IS AT FAULT …..”. Stop with the lies.

    Really this is just B.S., With a Big Misdirection attached to it, You can deny all you like, but it will not convince the majority of users that your group are not the ones that are responsible for this take down and hack of Sony services that started this whole mess that needs to be fixed now.

    As you are seeing, any support you may have had, is going quickly or already gone. ” it backfired” and you hurt the user base you so justified you wanted to protect, and pissed them all off.

    Your not helping your group of hackers with statements like this, bad move in pointing fingers back at Sony for this problem…. Your group created a mess.

    You just pointed the finger back at yourself after all that boasting of taking down Sony, you really want all of us to forget that.


    F*** OFF Anony… Puss

    You should have never put out terms and threatened Sony with hacking, see how it feels when the shoe is on the other foot.

    Anony, you get what you deserve, to bad it won’t ever be enough, of the group I am involved with in the gaming community 37 of 37 support Sony, it wasn’t like that before, but you have turned allot of your supporters at one time into not supporting your group. As they say, allot of us have seen the light , and what you have done is “WRONG”.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Erthazus

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Paladin_Rage

    Bah. I think I know what might have happened.

    Anonymous started their “crusade” against Sony with atacks on PSN. Then, due to negative feedback from users, they changed the course of action. Yet as we all know: they are legion, and they have no leaders. Most likely, few Anons, decided to continue with DDoS atacks. So, maybe it’s not that particular division of Anons, that is doing this shit, but are they responsible? Yes, they fucking are. They’ve started whole thing, and current situation is outcome of their misguided actions.

    #12 4 years ago


    #13 4 years ago
  14. dtyk

    I just had a thought, it would be funny if 4chan caught a wind of this and hunted annon down. That would be so ironic.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. KrazyKraut

    stop using fawkes mask in your anonymous post or I will get some friends and we will put your site down with the lovey ion cannon.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Fields

    playing tough guy from your mother’s basement? people like you make me cringe.

    that’s the most sad thing about this, people genuinely feel embarrassed by this. when you dress up with your masks and make internet threats you might think you’re awesome, while everyone else/adults (minus the anon man-children and neckbeards) thinks you’re that awkward, pathetic person in the room.

    the anon-thing was interesting for a short while until every single anon zealot and newfag decided to join the mantrain. keep giving us a show, you fucking clowns.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Neq

    Hello Anonymous!

    We are players. We do not forgive assholes destroying what we paid for. We do not forget what you have done. It is your fault.

    YOU SHOULD HAVE EXPECTED US not to be happy when your actions fucks up our enjoyment.

    Stay in basements kidos. There is your place.

    No regards,


    #17 4 years ago
  18. mathare92

    The guitar-playing was cringe inducing.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. XDamage

    Sony can totally capitalize on this by having the Kevin Butler character do an awesome show on their E3 Press Conference, making fun of these fuckers. :)

    #19 4 years ago
  20. XDamage

    Imagine he enters the stage with a Guy Fawkes mask! I would laugh my ass off!!

    #20 4 years ago
  21. KrazyKraut

    no from my basement. it was a joke idiot.

    i cant stand it anymore..those fuckers are not heroes. fawkes fought for freedom.
    and you fuckface even dont understand why i am angry. i hate them too. hate them that they put a mask on their face, because they saw it in a movie.
    behind their computers they are mighty…but when there would be some china-like stuff in their countries, their dicks would be small as a pea (and would have the same color)

    when they wanna fight for freedom…they should hack some chinese server for the freedom of Liu Xianbin or whatever.

    Pat is a tyran too…we often said him to stop using the mask when writing about anonfagious.^^ It was a joke kid, <3 <3 and now go to bed.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Fields

    i don’t see why you’re calling me idiot if it was a joke, what I said is still valid against those people. why are you so offended?

    #22 4 years ago
  23. loveaya

    Whatever…I only hope that I can play Uncharted 2 online…

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Lounds

    Sony have probably took PSN down and there probably working on a new firmware update so this don’t happen no more

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Lounds

    @11 lost for words

    #25 4 years ago
  26. SlayerGT

    That the tune from Portal?? Or am I off?

    #26 4 years ago
  27. SlayerGT

    Double you flavor, double your fun

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Ireland Michael

    They can’t even get the damn sound levels on their videos right.

    Damn amateurs.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. kingofscotland

    Vg24/7 has always been where I come 1st but this is becoming and quite frankly……. Yawn! Pat go and enjoy what’s left of the Easter weekend and stop turning what is a very good site into flamebait n4g

    #29 4 years ago
  30. The_Red

    Well, I wasn’t really against these people and didn’t care much about PSN but I bought the Mortal Kombat on the goddamn PS3 and now can’t play online matches. I want PSN back ASAP. Kabal is tired of fighting AI!

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Frank17

    pretty funny how these kids own PSN thank god im not a fanboy. happy easter time u play some XBOX LIVE!!

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Cort

    Yet another Anonymous article, yet another Fawkes mask, no criticism of their actions.

    You just lost a reader, Pat.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Crab of Thunder

    @32 Oh come on, yeah theres the picture but at least this one is neutral and merely factual, as a news site should be.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Gekidami,-services-returning-in-a-day-or-two,-SCEE-source-claims–a011425-p0.php
    Not official, so make of that what you will.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Cort

    @33 This site gives the group more oxygen and publicity than any other popular, mainstream site. It also publishes editorial-style articles with plenty of opinion, none of which are critical of these people and the effect their actions are having on millions of others. The editors are telling us exactly where they stand on this issue, and it is on the opposite side of where I am. So, after severall years reading, I choose to go elsewhere.

    #35 4 years ago


    Don’t come back this time.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. fuchikoma

    Anonymous is just that – anonymous. It’s not a cohesive team, or centralized group, and even anonymous doesn’t know what all the rest are doing.

    Of course it’d look worse for Sony if the most obvious attacker wasn’t even attacking – it’d seem like Sony just folded on its own to many. Yeah, right…

    Also, there’s the possibility of legal action from Sony, which they’ve recently shown, they don’t do halfway.

    So some anons are worried about catching flak for some anon’s actions, but the declaration of war was just a little unambiguous there, so it’s kind of hard to retract.

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Ireland Michael

    Thankfully GIGA’s elitist knobbery doesn’t count for the rest of us.

    Cort, I think it’s silly to leave simply because an article doesn’t express an opinion that you don’t agree with. You’re one of the few consistently intelligent people on here, and we could do with as many of those as possible. =P

    #38 4 years ago
  39. Ryzilient

    Please tell me I’m not the only one seeing that this is getting pathetic on both ends. Two groups spending time and money to support their efforts and views to meet an end that will ultimately mean nothing.

    I will agree with what Cort is saying, fuelling the fire helps no one. This didn’t need mainstream publicity, since in basic terms this article is giving exactly what Anonymous wants – publicity.

    *Sigh* Go on, keep arguing, not like any of this will end soon.

    #39 4 years ago
  40. DSB

    It’s really a non-argument that Anonymous shouldn’t be covered.

    They’ve managed to make themselves relevant by virtue of being naive, self-righteous scum, but that doesn’t make them less newsworthy.

    Ghaddaffi is about as big of a cunt as you’ll ever see on the planet, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be covered.

    If you’re writing articles that actually glorify criminals, then you have a problem, and you can always argue the proper time to stop writing about things like Al Qaeda, motorcycle gangs or groups like these, but the fact that a reporter grabs this rather than the latest pocket-philosophical musings of Peter Molyneux, is really not hard to understand.

    You’re free to ignore it, you’re free to make your own opinion if you do read it, and you’re free to express it through comments. Ethically it’s just standard journalism.

    And the fact that Sony aren’t talking doesn’t exactly help them take charge of the newssphere.

    #40 4 years ago
  41. Ryzilient

    @40 I can’t disagree that news sites are based on hits, so your everyday writer will grab the story that will garner the most attention. However, news stories should also be impartial, and the quotation marks suggest otherwise :P

    There is a difference between a news story and an opinion piece; the two shouldn’t mix.

    #41 4 years ago
  42. DSB

    @41 It kinda depends on how you read it, doesn’t it? Sony haven’t been willing to tell people anything about this. They’ve put out press releases and withdrawn them again. That’s not going to make you very popular with the press, no matter who you are.

    With news you get what you give. If you aren’t talking, then someone else will construct the narrative in your absence.

    You can always argue the quality of the journalism though. I would never post an Anonymous video myself, mostly because I have no way of verifying who its from. That’s bad journalism.

    Personally I’d do what most of the western media does when they quote from an Al Qaeda video, using just enough to make it a story with an actual context, but without actually helping them spread it on the air.

    On the opposite argument, this is the internet, and anyone could post this video in the comment section. The press should be responsible, but it should not ever act as an active censor for anyone.

    #42 4 years ago
  43. Ryzilient

    @42 That is true. I cannot disagree with any of that to be honest, since every single word in any sentence is up to interpretation.

    Sony have released and retracted various statements throughout this…episode, but there’s not much we can do about it. Giving them bad press isn’t going to push them into telling us information that may not be ours to know. While some may believe that if enough people badger them, we might get some information, it’s unlikely to happen. Sony are a massive corporation, and we’re the tiny consumers.

    #43 4 years ago
  44. NeoSquall

    @35 I think not all editors of this site support hackers, but just one.
    The fact that this editor is also the most important doesn’t mean that the others have to follow him.

    @40 I’d prefer the latest Molyneux rant over writing articles that glorify criminals, real or virtual as they can be, anytime.

    It may just be I like Molynuex’s philosophy or that his thoughts are more related to the gaming world than anonymous’ fight against “Evil Sony”, but that’s my ethic.

    #44 4 years ago
  45. DSB

    @43 Yeah, but if you don’t talk, then people talk past you. Nobody’s really out to get Sony. Well actually, apparently some people are, but the sane ones just stick to judging how they handle this crisis. And if Sony aren’t talking, then that criticism becomes the public record.

    With power comes vanity. That goes for politics, and that goes for business. Nobody wants to be powerful without being respected. In terms of the influence the press has on power centres, it’s very much the case of the elephant being more scared of the ant, than vice versa.

    @44 I don’t really see anyone glorifying Anonymous, except for Anonymous themselves and a few naive sycophants online. People are just reporting the news as they happen.

    #45 4 years ago
  46. OrbitMonkey

    It’s funny that people think that journalists have EVER been Impartial, bet they think the media want facts before story too ;D

    #46 4 years ago
  47. NeoSquall

    @45 News and editorials that give credit and visibility to Anonymous DO glorify them.
    An ethical and impartial approach to such a delicate argument wouldn’t include personal opinions and accusations to anyone, also it shouldn’t embed their videos.
    I wonder if the next news featured a video showing people wearing guy fawkes masks, calling themselves Anonymous, beheading Sony eployees would earn the same praise from their supporters.

    #47 4 years ago
  48. DSB

    @47 You don’t think you’re being just a tad hysterical? You do realize you’re actually picturing people moving from random online mischief, to executing executives of a company, simply because they have a problem with their console, right?

    You’re free to see conspiracies whereever you want. No journalist is ever going to be able to guard against crazies.

    I agree that there’s no real reason to post their videos, that’s undue publicity, but nobody’s cheering them on, nobody’s praising their work, and as these comment sections show, it doesn’t affect anybody’s opinion on what they’re doing. Our minds are already made up.

    The fact that you have a personal objection to someone, doesn’t mean that their actions aren’t newsworthy.

    #48 4 years ago
  49. OrbitMonkey

    @48 Hysteria seems to be in fashion at the mo. My reality check came when a mate of mine, a real COD online nut called to see why psn was down. I told him it had been hacked, he said no way, then we both had a joke about it making him play the sp for the 1st time. Before he hung up he asks me to let him know when its back up. Now he’s not really a core gamer, but he is a representative of a large number of psn users, who’ll ride out this no problem.
    Of course thats till Sony tell us that all our cc details have been lifted & trophies wiped….. Man they better not touch my trophies :-o

    #49 4 years ago
  50. dreamcastnews

    This really pisses me off, i’m a 360, PS3 & Wii gamer. The later for exclusives and Blu Ray on PS3 of course, I find my Playstation does all my Lovefilm and BBCi stuff, what I found the other day was the network down across the board. Annoying for sure.. If this is indeed hackers that have done this I think it’s time they stopped; I paid to use all the PS3 has to offer and I’m no Sony fan but whilst some bedroom-based wanker decides to hack something they have no right to I don’t feel this is right nor fair for all the actual users out there who don’t give a rats ass if idiots like George Hotz and Anonymous are feeding their egos in a media circus, they just want to use what they rightfully paid for.

    I know Anonymous say that it isn’t them who hacked PSN but i’m sure to god they are a reason for it being down albeit not directly.

    Sony may not be the best company in the world, but this is business and they at least don’t deserve this.

    #50 4 years ago
  51. Rosseu

    I think trophy info is saved on the HD of the PS3 as it syncs to your acct when going online so I don’t think it’s going to get wiped :)

    #51 4 years ago
  52. NeoSquall

    @48 You know it’s an extremization to point out that anonymous and its action can be described as (cyber)terrorism and anyone caught in this case may be prosecuted as such.

    #52 4 years ago
  53. DSB

    @52 That has nothing to do with what I said, or replied to.

    #53 4 years ago
  54. MegaGeek1

    This is so boring now. Someone leak new MGS5 or GTA5 news, or something/anything.

    #54 4 years ago
  55. Patrick Garratt

    Brenna’s back on tonight. There’s be new features, the Bulletcast, etc, tomorrow morning.

    #55 4 years ago
  56. Patrick Garratt

    Actually, that’s not true. She gets an extra day for being Australian. Johnny and I will be working again in the morning, though.

    #56 4 years ago
  57. Christopher Jack

    Yeah, Anzac day & Easter Monday today so they’re treating tomorrow as a public holiday instead, although it isn’t.

    #57 4 years ago
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  59. Cort

    I’m happy to defend my position while this thread remains active.

    I’m not opposed to VG247 covering this story, nor do I have any problem with views different to my own. What bothers me is the volume and tone of the coverage of these self-righteous crooks and the failure to provide any comment either in defence of gamers or in opposition to the acts of the group. Some have pointed out that this site is just covering the news. But it also, when it wants to, offers an editorial view on a given subject; the only one I’ve seen so far on this matter is a semi-attack on the company involved and an inference that it was wrong to defend its products and services so brought this all on its self and better sort it out or else. No criticism of hacking, or piracy, or cheating, or personal data theft. No criticism of Anonymous (those staunch defenders of that Jew-hating nutjob Assange). No criticism of a few hundred people punishing tens of millions and bringing a company and its services to its knees – and all perfectly targetted to disrupt the release of Portal 2 and Steam’s integration with PSN.

    Anonymous are not fighting for freedom of speech – if they were, I’d support them. If you think they are fighting for freedom of speech, then, I’m afraid to say, you are either stupid or about twelve years old. What they are fighting for is the right to do what they want without the scrutiny of anyone – including the law – while they go about their activities. Indeed, Assange and Anonymous are perfect bedfellows: both think that the rules apply to everyone but them and they have appointed themselves police, prosecution, judge, jury and executioner and arbiters of all that is right and wrong. They are, in many ways, those very fascists they claim to oppose so much (cf. the Communists).

    If Pat would rather criticise Sony than criticise Anonymous, then that is his right. It’s his site; his rules. But because he does, I choose to ‘vote with my feet’ so to speak and, on matter of principle, no longer visit in future.

    Incidentally, Fawkes was indeed a ruthless terrorist. So was Nelson Mandela. And if the actions or policies of groups like Anonymous amuse you, or even find your approval, then I hope it’s your credit card or bank account next and not mine.

    #59 4 years ago

    Get lost.

    #60 4 years ago
  61. DarkElfa

    Oh my lord children, Anon didn’t have anything to do with this crap. It’s being caused by a 3rd party hacked system that allows the hacker to used fake card numbers on the network because it parades itself as a dev unit PS3 and they don’t check the cards for those units.

    Short version, some ass clowns were buying free stuff with fake numbers and now Sony has to patch it without locking out devs.

    Mystery solved. No 4chan wackers, no stolen info, just a couple of ass clowns finding away to abuse the PSN for free crap.

    #61 4 years ago
  62. Patrick Garratt

    @61 – It’s still unclear why they took the entire network down, if Rebug is the reason. Apparently blocking it is as simple as issuing a patch.

    #62 4 years ago
  63. Christopher Jack

    Maybe it’s to remove the exploit entirely.

    #63 4 years ago
  64. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve just done a piece on it, as it does seem the most likely reason at the moment, but there are aspects of it that don’t make sense, really. If a few guys downloading some stuff from the PS Store is the reason they took the entire network down globally for a week, then they’re certainly being “thorough”.

    #64 4 years ago
  65. Cort

    @61 Care to withdraw that comment?

    Hackers are crooks, thieves and thugs. Show me one example of hackers doing good work instead of selfish or illegal acts. It’s time everyone stopped looking romantically at these 21st century criminals. This is just a taste of the future of cybercrime, and some people are going to have to strap on a pair and stand up for law-abiding people.

    Freedom of speech my ass. The CFW tools were created for one purpose only: theft and sabotage by common thieves and criminals.

    Time to cut off the oxygen of publicity for Anonymous, Geohot et al.

    #65 4 years ago
  66. DaMan

    there is a rumor

    #66 4 years ago

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