While Lulz Sec has set its sights on the gaming industry, hacking Sony, Nintendo, Bethesda, Minecraft, Eve Online and League Of Legends in the span of two weeks, the group that started the trend is saying goodbye to hacking companies in the gaming industry and has set its sights on the Federal Reserve and its boss Ben Bernanke.
Sony told Congress via a prepared letter yesterday that it found a file on its servers that said “we are legion”, leading the firm to believe hacker Anonymous was behind the attack which brought down PSN. The group has responded, claiming it wasn’t responsible for one of the biggest internet theft cases in history.
Things have just taken a rather drastic turn, guys, as Sony recently told congress in a hearing that they found a file on one of their servers named “Anonymous”, with the message “We Are Legion” attached to it.
PSN went out last Wednesday, and to make a long story short, today’s the following Tuesday, and the firm’s yet to put the service back online, or give any substantial update as to what’s really going on. Sony told us an “external intrusion” forced them to take down the service, and that they’re rebuilding the system for better security. Yet there are all sorts of rumors flying around the web and most of them are damaging to the firm.
Rumors which claim ours credit card information might be at risk, talk of hackers being able to download all sorts of content for free, all while Sony stock takes a dip on the US Stock Exchange. So are Sony really coming clean? I’m sure they’re not, in fact, up to this day, I still can’t visit the US PS Blog, and someone who claims to be part of Anonymous has stopped in the comments section of a particular thread here, claiming they’re still bombarding PSN with unwanted traffic.
Inside Sony Japan, where most massive company decisions are made, the mood must have been joyful when it was time to release PS3: “Guys we have no competition!” PlayStation father Ken Kutaragi must have proclaimed. “PS2 is the most successful console ever made, and with over 130 million (at the time) sold, the PS3 will have even more success!” I imagine he didn’t stop there either, with his confidence beaming, and Sony wanting to once again put out the most compelling machine they’d ever forged, all sorts of technology must have been considered, and although price would’ve definitely be an issue, Sony wasn’t afraid.
“They’ll buy it!” I could hear Hirai siding with Kutaragi, “it’s PlayStation, damn it! Look at how many PS2s were sold!” Things were getting a bit touchy though, price range had shot up from $399 to now $599 and some execs were perturbed. “Are we showing too much confidence in our userbase?” Another thought to himself, yet he failed to utter the thing, since the two big dogs in the room held all the say. So Blu-Ray was implemented, OtherOS, Cell Technology – and the final product was a massive technological accomplishment, but one that came with a great price.
The PlayStation Network has been down for the past few days, and up until now, the only update Sony’s given us was that they were investigating the situation, and would keep us posted about what’s going on through new updates. Well the latest update has arrived and Sony’s admitted an “external intrusion” caused the outage, and that they are working tirelessly to restore the service.
Sony’s updated both the U.S. and EU PS Blogs with a post concerning the worldwide PlayStation Network outage, and SCEA’s Patrick Seybold has warned the downtime might last up to two days.
Sony’s confirmed that the PlayStation Network has suffered a massive outage.
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.
I remember many gamers saying they couldn’t log in to PSN when Anonymous was waging war against Sony, but I never had that problem. Yet when the group said it’d stop attacking those targets that got gamers enraged, the problem stopped for them.
Sony also just settled with George Hotz (aka Geohot) recently, with the PS3 hacker consenting to a “permanent injunction”. In other words he agreed never to tamper with Sony products again. But today, for the first time, I’m having massive issues with PSN.
Anonymous will stop attacking PSN, the group has announced, coming to the realization that negative press was hurting their cause amongst the gamer crowd. The group said it’ll now look for new ways to attack Sony, and demanded three things from the hardware giant that would cause them to stop all attacks.
The scenario that’s been playing over the past few days ever since an online “hacktivist” group who’ve dubbed themselves “Anonymous” sent an open letter to Sony, is something taken straight from the movies. In the letter, the group told Sony it would soon start attacking its properties in protest of a lawsuit the firm has leveled against infamous iPhone Jailbreak doctor, George “Geohot” Hotz, for cracking the PS3 and releasing its root key online for the masses to view and do what they please with.
What started as a normal day at Sony headquarters have turned into an animal farm. Hacktivist group “Anonymous” declared war against the software giant for taking legal action against Geohot, the notorious iPhone jailbreaker who recently exposed the PS3′s root key online for the world to see.
And it continues. Just as Sony’s reporting sporadic outages of PSN throughout the day, and many of its websites going down because of attacks that hacktivist group anonymous has taken responsibility for, a new video released by the same group warning Sony of more attacks. Attacks that won’t stop until they’re “satisfied” of the outcome.
The statement in the headline is from infamous “hacktivist” Anonymous for what it deems Sony’s “wholly unforgivable” legal actions against PS3 jailbreaker George “Geohot” Hotz.