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Anonymous targets Sony again, hopes to avoid consumer consequence

Monday, 2 January 2012 22:59 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Anarchistic Internet activist group Anonymous has Sony in its sights again, but doesn’t want to repeat the end user fallout of last year’s PSNgate incident.

In a new video, embedded below, representatives of the group denounced Sony for its support for the United States’ proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

“Your support of the act is a signed death warrant to Sony Company and Associates. Therefore, yet again, we have decided to destroy your network. We will dismantle your phantom from the internet. Prepare to be extinguished. Justice will be swift, and it will be for the people, whether some like it or not,” the group stated.

The nature of the loose organisation means individual cells will act as they please, but PlayStation LifeStyle spent some time in Anonymous’s IRC channel and concluded senior members are keen to avoid a repeat of PSNgate, instead planning to deface websites and dig up information on staff members.

Anonymous’s public anti-Sony campaign in the weeks leading up to an April 2011 hack on the PlayStation Network raised ire among consumers when the service was downed for over a month. Although the group denied involvement, Sony pointed the finger, and representatives admitted some members could have been involved.

Thanks, Gamefront.

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24 Comments

  1. gomersoul

    f**k off anonymous, seriously.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. onefivefive

    Jesus Christ Anonymous, just fuck off.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. noherczeg

    “F**k off” you say?

    How about no youtube, or any streaming service after SOPA goes live? Guess you guys wouldn’t be so offended after that…

    ps: I lol’d at Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga :D

    #3 3 years ago
  4. strikkebil

    i was not a fan off the PSN outage last time. but if they go after the company and not consumers, go right ahead, u have my support.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Ryzilient

    It’s not often that I want to go all Batman on someone’s ass, but this is one of those times.

    Alfred, warm up the Tumbler’s engines…

    #5 3 years ago
  6. ejams

    I’m pretty sure Sony just announced that they backed off their support so fear not.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. LOLshock94

    bet its called operation lulzshock

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Clupula

    Just as #6 said, Sony have said they’ve backed off their support. Same with Nintendo and EA. These douches just want to hear their own voices again.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. NeoSquall

    @3 shut up that yap.

    this has nothing to do with SOPA, this is just about some fat “armchair hero” aiming the big guy to further increase their debased egos while they watch tentacle porn.
    nothing more, nothing less.

    p.s.: I’m waiting for Activision to register Armchair Hero as their next rhythm game :D

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Freek

    Non of them have actually backed out of their support, they simply hid it.

    Publicly they have stated they do not support it, but the ESA, the industrie accosiation Sony, EA and Nintendo are all members of, still supports SOPA.

    http://boingboing.net/2011/12/31/ea-sony-nintendo-pull-suppor.html

    It’s a nice little diversion, say one thing, but do something else where nobody is looking.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. ManuOtaku

    I didnt like anonymous actions during the PSN issue, the motives yes i did agree but not their actions that ended hurting us the consumers, but if they are supporting the stop SOPA move, they have my gratitude and support, it doesnt matter if it is Sony, Nintendo or microsoft that are supporting the SOPA behind closed doors or up front, the SOPA is very wrong in all levels,so do what you need to do to make your voice understood, but Anonymous please dont mess with the end consumers this time.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Joe Musashi

    And how is attacking individuals within a global organisation going to bring about a change? As a matter of fact, how is any sort of ‘attack’ (the clue is in the word) meant to yield a constructive outcome. I may sympathise with their argument, but it’s just the wrong way to go about expressing it – no matter who the target is. And it’s worth remembering that everyone is a consumer at some level.

    This is all so-called ‘hacktivists’ ever seem to be able to do: make some threats and publish some private details onto the internet. It’s a very limited repertoire and laughably hypocritical from people that go under the name of “Anonymous”.

    These people may be skilled, but they’re incredibly misguided.

    JM

    #12 3 years ago
  13. DrDamn

    If Sony are supporting something bad then how about just advertising the fact and the implications and letting people decide if they want to take action themselves. It’s not like the consumers here are defenceless. Anonymous deciding themselves it’s bad and that they need to help consumers fight back because they can’t themselves is a dangerous approach. If anything it will tightend the resolve of the companies. They will bow to mass consumer pressure, they won’t be seen to bow to blackmail and internet attacks.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. viralshag

    Now is the time to beat the Chinese at their own game… start downloading everything you can and buy a shit ton of blank DVDs.

    Just in case SOPA does go through, you will probably make a lot of money being that “YOU WANT DVD” guy!

    #14 3 years ago
  15. ManuOtaku

    #13 i do agree, but the more people supporting the stop SOPA move the better IMHO, even if they are hackers or anything on those lines, they need to put pressure on all fronts, that will be better than fighting in different directions for the same goal, the motto of the enemy of my enemy is my friend holds some truth in it here.

    And consumers most of the time are pretty much defenceless IMHO, because most of the time we dont fight vehemently togheter to a common treat, for the lack of empathy, interest and other things that are part of the human nature, i will dare to say this how about we gamers and all fronts stop buying games on sony, microsoft and nintendo systems, dissconect our PSN accounts, XBOX Live subscription etc, until the SOPA move is disolve, i assure you that we will not do it, knowing full well this SOPA will change our way of interaction on the internet for the bad, and maybe the sure thing to happen is that most of the gamers will yell at me with crazy words or something on those lines, so in the end we consumers are pretty much defenceless IMHO.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. frostquake

    Well their recent attack on “Stratfor” where they “STOLE” users credit card numbers, and then charged them to their max, “giving the money to charity”..did nothing but HURT those they claimed they were helping!!!
    Who did they Hurt:
    THE CONSUMER…they are the one’s who had to cancel their credit cards, deal with banks trying to get back the money stolen, and waiting for new cards.
    THE CHARITIES: So the Charities were excited to see the influx of money, that was until they had to GIVE IT ALL BACK!

    They didn’t hurt the Company Stratfor at all!

    And why did they USE the 4000 Credit Cards in the first place, from such places as Apple? When they claim ALL ALONG that the Credit Card Numbers of individuals are not what they are after!

    All Anonymous is doing is giving crazy politicians the fear ammo to pass crazy bills and get the masses support because they steal the credit card numbers.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2078559/Anonymous-hacks-thousands-credit-card-numbers-security-firm–gives-money-charity.html

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Frank17

    Good thing I traded my PS3 in during the last hack. Absolutely no good exclusive something games on this system. Good luck w this one Sony.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. madnessHero

    @17 you gotta be kidding right? way more than the 360…enjoy your kinect titles.

    Anyway if anonymous is going to do anything, why single sony out?microsoft and nintendo are just as guilty

    #18 3 years ago
  19. TD_Monstrous69

    @18 I agree. Though I find it hard to take this message seriously. Because the wording of the message just sounded like fanboy-ish rage through the mac-speech function. “Signed their death warrant”? Really? Didn’t they say that last April? And where’s Sony now? Still in operation last time I checked, and vastly progressed from the hack.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Christopher Jack

    Ignorant minded low-lives with nothing better to do than sit in their mothers basements & threaten successful companies hiding behind proxy servers & the likes. The majority of these hacktivists are only protecting their own interests in piracy while only the minority care about true rights- they just don’t know how to properly protest, attacking networks is far from a good idea, especially when this has nothing to do with them other than the fact that the proposed act will benefit them.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. OlderGamer

    These guys really hate Sony don’t they?

    So many other, seemingly more important and meaningful targets out there. Whats the beef with Sony?

    Wanna make the wrold a better place, how about exposing some dirt on a few political leaders, might help remove them from office, or keep some from taking office in the first place. Get the bums outa congress, that would be a decent place to start.

    Or.

    Go hit Walmart.

    Lest I could understand those. I can’t understand why Sony over say MS or Apple.

    Hell go stop banks from being able to forclose on millions of more homes.

    I guess what I am saying is go do something constructive.

    Lets say Anon does out right destroy Sony(they won’t, but lets say they do), then what? You have removed one company that mostly just delivers video and digital entertainment. All it really would mean is that people lose jobs, and MS profits get bigger. Whats the point and where is the good?

    Guess I just don’t get it.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Christopher Jack

    @21, They’re 360 fanbois :P Also I completely agree with the rest of your post but most of these attacks have some sort of sports fan mentality behind it, they can’t conceive of a company as a place where thousands of people work to provide millions more with entertainment, among other stuff. They just see half a dozen suits & assume that it’s entirely evil.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. freedoms_stain

    Personally I doubt Anonymous have anything in particular against Sony, I think it’s more likely that they just happen to have had more success getting past Sony’s security and nothing else. If they had a way into MS or Apple or anyone else I’m sure they’d be exploiting that hole just as quickly.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Hybridpsycho

    As someone earlier in this section posted, why go for Sony? By attacking sony they are taking down an extreme number of innocents as well. I don’t mean the consumers this time.

    Let’s say Sony were to get “attacked” and have their company fucked up quite a bit.
    How many of the people working at Sony are actually able to affect the decision that was made to support SOPA? How many of them are normal working husband/wife/single father/mother etc.
    These people will get fucked as well, just ’cause they work at Sony doesn’t mean they support the SOPA.

    Fucking Anon, how about you target the Politicians that start shit like SOPA and does everything in their power to get it out there?

    Blasted fucking cowards: “Let’s attack Sony who can’t do anything against us”. They know they’d get fucked real hard if they tried to go for some government shit.

    #24 3 years ago

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    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal to be streamed live, new Instagram tease

    The Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal will be live-streamed during a panel hosted by EA as part of the Star Wars Celebration festivities this Friday. This is according to an announcement from Verizon and Disney courtesy of MP1ST. The main stream for the event kicks off at 10am PDT/1pm EDT on Thursday, April 16. It […]

  • GameStop to launch retro game and console trade-in experiment

    GameStop wants to get into the retro game and console business, providing it’s a worthwhile endeavor. To test the possibility, it will soon allow customers in Birmingham, Alabama and New York City to trade-in classic consoles and games in-store. Speaking with IGN, a spokesperson for the company said the initiative will kick off on April […]