Anonymous declares vengeance on Sony

By Brenna Hillier, Monday, 4 April 2011 03:31 GMT

The activist arm of Internet hive mind Anonymous has targeted Sony, apparently in retribution for the company’s legal pursuit of PlayStation 3 hackers GeoHot and Graf_Chokolo.

“Congratulations, Sony,” a spokesperson for the anarchic collective wrote on its site over the weekend. “You have now received the undivided attention of Anonymous.

“Your recent legal action against our fellow hackers, GeoHot and Graf_Chokolo, has not only alarmed us, it has been deemed wholly unforgivable.”

The post goes on to accuse Sony of using the courts to “censor” information on its product; ‘victimising’ users for their knowledge; and privacy violations.

Venture Beat reports the movement against Sony is a continuation of Operation Payback, which targeted companies perceived as betraying WikiLeaks after the leaking of US Government documents triggered massive media attention.

No major DDOS attacks, one of Anonymous’s usual tools, have been reported as yet.

Sony is suing George “GeoHot” Hotz among a number of other hackers for the publication of the PS3 root key by GeoHot, and subsequent proliferation of piracy-enabling custom firmware. The most recent report from the ongoing court case sees Hotz denying Sony’s claims that he lied about having a PlayStation Network account.

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