Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sony Websites Including US PS Blog Unaccessible As Attacks Take Drastic Turn

Earlier today, I wrote a piece talking of the issues I faced while trying to connect to PSN, and up to this point I still haven’t been able to connect. I thought it was an attack on the PlayStation Network by hackers, but gamers debunked the claim, contending they connected easily. I have yet to connect, however.

But while trying to update Games Thirst with a US PS Store update post, I realized that I couldn’t access the PlayStation Blog. I tried different browsers to see if my cache was causing the issue, but it was not. Then I tried other Sony websites and realized they were not available.

Ostensibly, if Anonymous is behind the latest string of attacks, it seems they’re using a different strategy as access to the site is blocked altogether, and instead the link simply breaks.

Geohot, the PS3 root key exposer said there was more to come even after he’d settled with Sony, agreeing to a “permanent injunction”.

Meanwhile, Anonymous has said it’ll stop DDOS attacks on Sony sites, instead it’ll employ new strategies. Could it be that those strategies are already paying off?

Here’s what the hacktivist group had to say:

Greetings. We are Anonymous.

We will begin by stating that we are ceasing our DDoS attacks on Sony altogether, as we believe the impact of this particular type of attack has surpassed it’s peak. Sony’s poor attempt to explain the system outages by lying about the nature of them is laughable. Therefore, Anonymous is now choosing to pursue other ways of getting Sony’s attention.

Secondly, it has recently come to our attention that George Hotz, also known as GeoHot, has reached a settlement with Sony regarding the court case involving those two parties. As further details are being withheld, we will refrain from speculating.

In the eyes of the law, this case is over. We disagree. We believe Sony’s actions in this case are unjust. We do not agree with Sony forcing social media sites like Youtube to hand over the IP addresses of people who viewed GeoHots videos. We view this as a severe violation of privacy rights. We disagree with Sony forcefully gathering personal information from other companies like PayPal. We find it unacceptable that Sony is even permitted to request this information in the first place. These acts are completely disrespectful and unforgivable.

This is not about one man’s lopsided battle against a huge corporation. The actions of Sony have far-reaching implications for every person who has purchased and therefore owns a piece of equipment, regardless of the manufacturer.

The current solution will only embolden other greedy corporations to employ similar unfair tactics, so it is necessary to continue our protest to make our voices heard. We invite you to do the same. Operation Sony, or OpSony for short, is simply the opening shot.

Where the judicial system has failed, Anonymous will persevere, by standing up for the rights of everyone, not just those who dared to challenge these corporations. Geohots’ belief was in the freedom of information dissemination. We will stand with him.

On April 16th, we will take the protests against Sony to the streets. We encourage anyone who is able to come to a nearby Sony Store to support the cause, even if you are not usually involved with Anonymous. This is not just about Anonymous – this is about your rights.

If you wish to attend, be sure to check on your local laws and regulations regarding hiding your face during protests and, if allowed, cover your face, whether it is the usual Guy Fawkes masks or some other form of facial covering. Of course you can always wear a mask, even if it’s prohibited by law – but be aware that this can pose a serious legal risk. You should also be aware of potential ‘saboteurs’, whether from police forces / corporate security, or Sony itself.

If needed, get into contact with others in your area that are going to protest (for example through IRC or the Facebook page), and make preparations before the actual protest takes place. Set up a ‘legal team’ that consists of at least 1 person that does not take part in the protest itself, who is in contact with a lawyer. Make sure the phone number of the ‘legal team’ is written on your arm with something like permanent marker, to make sure you cannot lose it in a full body search – better safe than sorry. It is also a good idea to make sure your ‘legal team’ stays in contact with other anons, to keep everyone updated about the running protests, as well as possible arrests.

For more important information on protests, you can refer to http://www.urban75.org/mayday02/legal.html (here you can also find important tips to keep yourself safe). While this document is aimed at the United Kingdom, the situation in other countries will often be similar, however, it is always a good idea to check your local laws and regulations. If you have any questions, you can always ask them in the IRC (chat) channel.

Let us show Sony that all information is free and that we own the things we buy, now and forever.

We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Expect us.

Let us know if you have access to Sony sites including the US PS Blog.

About Ernice Gilbert

Ernice Gilbert here. Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Gamesthirst. Thanks for stopping by, make yourself at home!
  • http://www.gamesthirst.com Ernice Gilbert

    Some are saying they can access the blog fine, while others can’t. Clearly something’s wrong.

  • Joshua Tompkins

    It is working fine for me.

  • http://www.gamesthirst.com Ernice Gilbert

    That’s what I’m hearing. I wonder if this is regional?

  • nick

    all of sonys websites are working for me.

  • http://www.gamesthirst.com Ernice Gilbert

    Something’s wrong. Maybe is a situation with my IP or something? I just can’t access nothing Sony.

  • foxton

    works fine for me too. I wonder how many people will be weaaring guy fawkes masks on your local hight street on saturday, not very many is my guess! Surely the fact that they have chosen guy fawkes would indicate these people are english?!

  • http://www.gamesthirst.com Ernice Gilbert

    lol, maybe. lol

  • http://www.gamesthirst.com Ernice Gilbert

    But yeah, I have not been able to access to this minute. Not PSN not any of Sony’s sites. Weird. Anyway, if I should turn out to their crazy protest, I’d embarrass their cause by actually buying Sony products. I’ve always wanted the God of War collection. Hmmmm…..

  • nick

    if you want to get a collection, get the PoP collection.
    by far the best one released so far!
    the GOW one was pretty disappointing, the graphics are not that much better then the ps2 versions.
    the sly cooper collections a little better but not by much.
    the tomb raider collection is pure crap!
    i honestly cant tell the difference between the ps2 and ps3 versions they just look crap!
    PoP on the other hand though looks quite good, a massive improvement!
    all 3 have 3D support too!
    i cant wait till the splinter cell, and mortal kombat collections come out!

  • Joshua Tompkins

    I would love to see a Shaolin Monks HD remake with online co-op. It would be amazing. It is bar far one of my favorite Mortal Kombat games.

  • nick

    i wish!
    that would be sweet!
    id love to see that fire and ice game that got canned just after shaolin monks released.
    the same style as sm, but staring sub zero and scorpion, was suppose to detail what happened to scorpions family and how quan chi framed sub zero.
    they say its a 3rd party well known series, and that everyone will be happy.
    so my monies on GTA.
    one of the very few games out there that everyone likes.
    i would kill to play vice city in HD glory!
    but if your going to do the GTA series, dont do the crappy half assed remake the collections as of now have done, redo the game with the RAGE engine!
    vice city with the graphics of GTAIV would be epic to the ninth degree!

  • nick

    scarface is another game that needs a HD remake, that game was soooooooooooooo underrated!