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Anonymous vets claim members of the group are likely behind attack on PSN

Friday, 6th May 2011 21:52 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Two members of Anonymous feel that at least one of its members was behind the attack on Sony, which resulted in the PSN service being brought down and user data being compromised.

Speaking to the Financial Times, one Anonymous member said they saw the technical details of a PSN vulnerability posted in the group’s user chat room not long before the intrusion occurred.

“The hacker that did this was supporting OpSony’s movements,” the Anonymous member said regarding the Operation Sony measure which started after the firm decided to sue George Hotz over modifying his PS3.

Another veteran member of Anonymous, which participated in the hack on HBGary Federal and goes by the online alias Kayla, also pointed to a rouge member of the group.

“If you say you are Anonymous, and do something as Anonymous, then Anonymous did it,” said Kayla. “Just because the rest of Anonymous might not agree with it, doesn’t mean Anonymous didn’t do it.”

US law enforcement are currently looking hard in Anonymous’ direction as part of the ongoing investigation into the PSN breach, after Sony found a file named Anonymous in its database. Investigators described the group “one of the key targets,” being explored at the moment to the Financial Times.

Anonymous has denied it was responsible as a group for causing the service to be brought down, but many members it was indeed one of its own.

One Anonymous member said: “So it’s Anon’s work. But you can’t blame the whole collective for what one or two guys do. We’re a gathering of Anonymous activists, not some scary organised hacking group. It was uncalled for this early in the fight.”

The hacker went on to claim that extremely few administrator accounts were stolen and distributed by members, and admitted that these could have been used later for data theft.

Barrett Brown, an Anonymous member said these postings could have been intentionally planted by enemies of the group, while another stated that those involved in OpSony started “denying everything when FBI and Homeland security was put on the case…because they were afraid they were going to get caught,” before noting that a few “disappeared.”

Anonymous maintains that no credit card information was exposed, nor were any of the over 100 million PSN accounts.

“They had access to their databases, yes, but nothing was downloaded except a few admin accounts,” said the group. “Nothing has been exposed, no one is selling anything.”

Anonymous’ claim of rogue members comes on the heels of an earlier report which rumors that hackers are ready to strike at Sony again over the weekend.

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26 Comments

  1. Kerplunk

    But.. but..

    Hackers said it wasn’t them.
    Hackers say it was them.

    How do I know which hackers I can trust and which hackers I can’t?

    :(

    #1 4 years ago
  2. loveaya

    So it’s still one of them who attacked SONY, isn’t it?
    I’m waiting for the truth…

    #2 4 years ago
  3. rrw

    well isnt that obvious

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Freek

    It stems form the fact that there is little to no orginizational structure to Anon.

    I could kick a baby in the street tommorow, say I did it in the name of Anon and i’d be true, Anon would have kicked a baby.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. OlderGamer

    Crazy, sounds like a made for TV movie one of those cable channels like to run.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. _LarZen_

    Dont mather if Anonymous did it or not..their reputation is gone. The people they were suposed to “fight” for hate them and want them behind bars or worse…

    Game Over Anonymous…..you brought this on yourself realy.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. DogmanSP

    Trust me, I’m a hacker.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    seriously? Are we really going to do this……..again?

    #8 4 years ago
  9. KAP

    No……….Shit…………….

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Soong

    A rouge member of the group? Steph?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Gekidami

    Tell us something we didnt know. Nice that these guys are alt least honest though.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Mystic Sage

    Funny how they change there story once they see the FBI get involved. Selling eachother out real quick now that they could actually be in some trouble I hope they get what they deserve for this.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. NeoSquall

    QUOTE: “If you say you are Anonymous, and do something as Anonymous, then Anonymous did it,” said Kayla. “Just because the rest of Anonymous might not agree with it, doesn’t mean Anonymous didn’t do it.”/END

    Do we have a surprisingly honest and reasoned Anonymous here?

    QUOTE: Barrett Brown, an Anonymous member said these postings could have been intentionally planted by enemies of the group, while another stated that those involved in OpSony started “denying everything when FBI and Homeland security was put on the case…because they were afraid they were going to get caught,” before noting that a few “disappeared.”/END

    Like I said before, they (some of them) did it but they’re denying it because they don’t know how to explain it to their moms when the FBI will breach their doors and stick a gun in the arses.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. TheWulf

    Because what Anonymous would do is talk to a newspaper. 9_9 I smell someone looking for their five minutes of fame, here, just to have their words in a paper, even if it has nothing to do with them.

    If they were going to announce involvement, this isn’t how they’d do it. This is about as far from their modus operandi as could be. But I’m sure that it’ll make some of the conspiracy theorists happy, so that’s a win. All we need now is someone talking ‘anonymously’ to a newspaper telling them that Osama told Anonymous to do it, right before he died. That’ll thrill TEA, that will.

    Or here’s a conspiracy theory for you! This person was the one responsible for the hack, and is now trying to get the dogs off their scent by using anonymous as a scapegoat.

    *grabs popcorn.*

    #14 4 years ago
  15. NeoSquall

    @14 Nope, it’s just they’re being scared shitless by all the law enforcers involved in the investigations.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. TheWulf

    @8

    I know, fun innit?

    #16 4 years ago
  17. TheWulf

    @15

    That’s a nice theory (of the conspiracy genus of theorem) buuuut… that’s all it is. I think this is actually quite funny. People are projecting their deepest desires into this.

    But yeah, I think this should be put to rest now. No further attacks on Sony, simply running in circles with endless conspiracy theories will do! I’m curious to see what people will come up with as this goes onn.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Ryzilient

    The moment an Anonymous member says you can’t blame the collective, there motto is put into question.

    “We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.”

    Need I explain the concept of a Legion? A single group organised as if they were one person. One body, one mind, one soul. If one person acts, it is taken as an act of the whole.

    When one hacker hacks, they can all be blamed. The collective began an Operation which essentially screws the consumers they’re trying to ‘protect’, and now the Legion is acting.

    You are Anonymous. You are Responsible. You will ask for forgiveness, since we don’t forget. Expect punishment.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. yungsway

    I see someone making a comedy movie out of this whole situation. It would probably be quite funny too. Like Revenge of the Nerds: PS3 – starring Rick Moranis

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Kerplunk

    @17 Funny how you call conspiracy theory on others when you’ve been presenting crackpot arguments at the expense of facts, history and logic all week.

    @7 Exactly. Get that printed on a t-shirt. :)

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Nozz

    @18 Hit the nail on the head.
    /thread

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Talyis

    Ha isn’t here saying- we are anonymous, we are one, we are legion! Kinda doesnt make sense to act alone if you are one? I think all of anon is behind it, its too suspicious!

    #22 4 years ago
  23. NeoSquall

    @18 Ha! Nice contrapasso there.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. HauntaVirus

    THEY ARE IN DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP SHIT!

    #24 4 years ago
  25. XDamage

    There is no honor among thieves. ;)

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Espers

    this is clearly not the work of one person … how silly !!

    #26 4 years ago

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