Anonymous targets Sony again, hopes to avoid consumer consequence

Monday, 2nd 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.




  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.

    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.


    #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.–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.


    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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