Two weeks later, and Anonymous is still being blamed for the unauthorised access which lead Sony to take down the PlayStation Network and Qriocity servers, despite repeatedly pleading innocence. Now, the "hacktivist" group is getting annoyed, and, according to a new press release, disappoint.
The group has outlined four points of contention relating to the way Sony and various journalists have handled the situation, many of them pointing fingers at the group (whohas never been known to be involved with direct theft against people).
A recent article in the Financial Times is apparently the straw that broke the proverbial camel's back, being riddled with inconsistencies, assumptions and outright inaccurate information. The article, by Joseph Menn, misrepresents the origins of Anonymous itself, and refers to information gathered from Aaron Barr, the former CEO of humiliated security firm HBGary.
Anonymous also proposes that, perhaps, the entire PSNgate affair is a careful smokescreen, constructed to deflect blame from Sony's servers not meeting credit card security standards.
Whether or not you believe what it's saying, Anonymous is going to great lengths to defend its reputation. The allegations its making and some of the information that came out of the recent Congressional hearing doesn't really show electronics giant Sony in the nicest of lights.
The latest news from the Japanese company is that it plans to restart PSN services fully by May 31st, even as the promised partial restoration by May 8th failed to go ahead.
For more information (and a good read), check out the entire press release, which closes with the cryptic lines:
"Apparently Sony will have to learn the hard way that corporate malfeasance will not go unpunished. When the dust settles Sony may have more to fear from a massive class action lawsuit by their user base than the brief actions of the Global Hacker Nerd Brigade, Anonymous... Let THE GAMEs begin. :>"