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.