Anonymous Halts Sony Attacks Affecting PSN Users

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Anonymous Halts Sony Attacks Affecting PSN Users

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Anonymous is regretful that its attacks against Sony may have affected innocent gamers.

In order to punish Sony for the "wholly unforgiveable" actions involved with its lawsuit against PS3 jailbreakers, hacking group Anonymous went after the company as a whole and even individual Sony executives themselves. After these attacks allegedly began, access to the PlayStation Network - the PlayStation 3 and PSP's online service - was shaky at best. Anonymous put out a press release apologizing to Sony customers for ruining their playtime, saying that attacks affecting the PSN will now stop.

"Anonymous is not attacking the PSN at this time," the press release says. "Sony's official position is that the PSN is undergoing maintenance. We realize that targeting the PSN is not a good idea. We have therefore temporarily suspended our action, until a method is found that will not severely impact Sony customers."

Anonymous writes that its goal was to attack Sony, not customers of Sony, so affecting gamers would "defeat the purpose" of its actions. "If we did inconvenience users, please know that this was not our goal," the release continues. Still, Anonymous points out that it won't end its attacks against Sony until the group is "satisfied with the outcome."

When I first heard of the Sony attacks, I was a little annoyed that someone just trying to play an online match of Uncharted 2 could be harmed. It's nice to see that Anonymous is keeping innocent customers in mind, even if some of the executives it's attacking probably have nothing to do with Sony's legal actions either.

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"Sony's official position is that the PSN is undergoing maintenance. We realize that targeting the PSN is not a good idea. We have therefore temporarily suspended our action, until a method is found that will not severely impact Sony customers."

You know, the PSN goes down for maintenance so often I'm not sure anyone would notice if they attacked it at all.

You know what's ironic? I got a 404 error when I tried to view the news post outside of the forums.

OT: Well...that sucks for PSN users. Thankfully it seems that both companies/groups didn't plan this out. Hopefully PSN users aren't too screwed by this.

Got to love the rationality of mobs.

At least they stopped before the pillaging and looting started.

V8 Ninja:
You know what's ironic? I got a 404 error when I tried to view the news post outside of the forums.

Same here, lol.

OT: The thing that most annoys me about the PSN going down is I can't watch Hulu on my big screen. I don't play many games online, but I do enjoy the features that the PSN enables. Glad it won't be down because of outside forces.

Ok i'm lost...why are anonns attacking Sony?...

I would of thought Microsoft would of been a prime target...

I was that guy trying to play a match of Uncharted 2 yesterday.

Why did no one tell me how great the co-op was? WHY?

Well, at least they're backing off when they learned that Joe Everyman got caught in the crossfire. I'll take courteous vigilantes over discourteous ones any day of the week.

I find it funny how Anonymous feels like they have such a great impact on what's going on. In all likelihood, barely anyone noticed any change in the service at all

Onyx Oblivion:
I was that guy trying to play a match of Uncharted 2 yesterday.

Why did no one tell me how great the co-op was? WHY?

I know bro, they interrupted our fun!

Anything that harms Sony as a whole is going to harm the consumers. Avoiding PSN is not going to change that.

I think it's nice that they acknowledge that they made an error in their offensive strategy and apologizes to the users affected.

If I was an executive at Sony right now, I would try to find some way to hold the userbase hostage in order to get rid of anonymous.
Something like PSN mysteriously going under "maintenance" every time Sony is under an attack.

Jonluw:
If I was an executive at Sony right now, I would try to find some way to hold the userbase hostage in order to get rid of anonymous.
Something like PSN mysteriously going under "maintenance" every time Sony is under an attack.

Wouldn't that just result in the service appearing completely unreliable?

Glad I play X-box, that's for sure!

Well DUH! What do they think is going to come from unstrategic carpet bomb hacking? This is what I hate about Anon. Sure, it's fun to post big flashy press releases about attacking evil corporate suits for "wholly unforgivable" attempts to enforce lease agreements but when it comes down to it they have no real plan or endgame. They just launch a few attacks at whatever and it'll only ever be the low level employees and end users that get hurt.

Can anyone name bigtime execs who have ever been brought down because of Anon? Or is it just "Woot, we randomly inconvenienced part of the company for a while we're the heroes" and internet pundits gleefully adore them.

But it doesn't matter. Anon is becoming something worthless and obnoxious. Nothing but a chance for internet types to act smug and pretend they have a superhero on their side.

Wait wait wait wait wait...

You mean, when Anonymous takes down web sites/services, the customers can't access those sites/services? No! How could this be? Surely it only ruins the company's day, and does not affect the innocent customers in the least!

Jonluw:
If I was an executive at Sony right now, I would try to find some way to hold the userbase hostage in order to get rid of anonymous.
Something like PSN mysteriously going under "maintenance" every time Sony is under an attack.

While that seems like a good idea, what would probably happen is anonymous would figure out the trick and just start attacking the PSN directly, since it has no real effect.

Bets Sony keeps PSN down to make it look like Anno is going against their word?

We realize that targeting the PSN is not a good idea.

so they attacked it anyway? Oh dear, I'm starting to think that all these anonymous people are no more wiser than who they attack.

mireko:

"Sony's official position is that the PSN is undergoing maintenance. We realize that targeting the PSN is not a good idea. We have therefore temporarily suspended our action, until a method is found that will not severely impact Sony customers."

You know, the PSN goes down for maintenance so often I'm not sure anyone would notice if they attacked it at all.

True. I had massive troubles signing in two days prior to the beginning of these attacks. If I'd signed in the right day, I'd think "business as usual."

Selvec:
Bets Sony keeps PSN down to make it look like Anno is going against their word?

Why? What makes people keep thinking these companies care about Anon? I know Anonymous acts like they're the deadly grim reapers of the internet but honestly they're just a bunch of punks who have never had a serious effect on anything.

Selvec:
Bets Sony keeps PSN down to make it look like Anno is going against their word?

Bets Anon keeps PSN down to make it look like Sony is making it look like they broke their word?

OT: I don't really get the about face. Attacking PSN affects it's users? Shocker! Either there is a tactical genius here I'm not seeing or Anon just backed down from a dick move (mark the date on the calender this is history in the making).

Hah, Anonymous has been evolving. That's pretty sincere, from them that is.

endnuen:
I think it's nice that they acknowledge that they made an error in their offensive strategy and apologizes to the users affected.

No it's not? What they're doing is stupid anyways, it can only make things worse and is someone who as affected and couldn't get on yesterday before work, when I had time, I was kinda pissed. Some crap press release doesn't get me the free time I find after class and before work back.

That's easy to say since it didn't directly affect you.

RejjeN:

Jonluw:
If I was an executive at Sony right now, I would try to find some way to hold the userbase hostage in order to get rid of anonymous.
Something like PSN mysteriously going under "maintenance" every time Sony is under an attack.

Wouldn't that just result in the service appearing completely unreliable?

Perhaps. It was only an example though. I'm sure they can figure something out.
Also: [obligatory joke about how PSN is already completely unreliable]

le picklez:
While that seems like a good idea, what would probably happen is anonymous would figure out the trick and just start attacking the PSN directly, since it has no real effect.

But I don't know how much they'd be hurting Sony by doing that then. They would probably get the public opinion turned against them if they did.

For the last time, Anon are not hackers, they're script kiddies from /b/!!!
They do not deserve to be "feared" anymore. They have no "wrath". All they do is DDoS sites and rig online votes.

Anon has no official position on the lulz.
Anon has a very official position on pretending they matter.

Frostbite3789:

endnuen:
I think it's nice that they acknowledge that they made an error in their offensive strategy and apologizes to the users affected.

No it's not? What they're doing is stupid anyways, it can only make things worse and is someone who as affected and couldn't get on yesterday before work, when I had time, I was kinda pissed. Some crap press release doesn't get me the free time I find after class and before work back.

That's easy to say since it didn't directly affect you.

Then read a book.
No it didn't affect me, since I was probably studying during the downtime. But seriously, not being able to accept an apology is just small. Seriously, are you going to die any time soon? I'm sure you will get plenty of play time before that happens.
Christ some people have small shoes..

This doesn't change my opinion of Anonymous. They're still just a bunch of thugs for whom I have no respect and give no support; never have and likely never will. I find it impossible to trust or have respect for "crusaders" who hide behind masks in the safety of the basement of their Fortress of Solitude on the distant island of LaLaLand, while commanding robots in orbit to launch random attacks on whomever they don't like at the moment. That kind of justice is just cowardly whim, in my opinion, and it's the kind of thing I don't see being good for society as a whole. It's basically a form of terrorism.

And what did they expect would happen by taking down PSN? Did they really think that the millions of innocents caught in the crossfire would love them for that? Blowing up the house to kill a rat is not a sound strategy. Adding to this that they plan on attacking executives and their families, both of whom may not have had anything to do with recent events, is just plain wrong. They're same as the very tyrants they seek to depose, if not worse.

I just see like, an ANON member working on attacking the PSN and then slides over to his PS3 and tries to log on to PSN to play Killzone or something as has a "Eureka" moment as to why the hell can't he log on to play his game!

Well, that would explain why I couldn't get on the thing yesterday. I didn't think much of it since I was mostly playing single player games anyway.

arc1991:
Ok i'm lost...why are anonns attacking Sony?...

I would of thought Microsoft would of been a prime target...

Because a large company protecting their property is totally and utterly evil and should be punished

Interesting, and I suppose it's good if you want to game, but I do have to wonder what Anonymous hopes to accomplish then. Really the only way to get to a company like Sony is through it's profits and abillity to promote it's brand, that means having to terrorize and drive away the customers.

I don't want to be on the receiving end of this when I try and game of course, I'm just speaking conceptually here. Simply harassing executives and such accomplishes very little since these guys are getting paid big bucks in part to endure things like that. They can "take it" because they are ater all very, very rich from doing what they do.

I can see where Anonymous is coming from of course, but in general accomplishing anything through antiseptic means when it comes to organizations like nations and large companies is nearly impossible. The trick to a campaign like this, if you want it to work, is to terrorize the regular people and show that the group your targeting can't protect them, and since nobody can stop you, to get the people to go after them as a way of making you stop.

I won't get into the morality of this, simply the effectiveness. It also all comes down to your abillity to erase hope (ie it doesn't work if people think they can viably oppose you or simply avoid your attention), and of course you not caring what people think of you in pursuit of your goals.

As odd as this sounds, it seems to get to the heart of the whole "Old Anon Vs. New Anon" thing. This level of courtasy is a heck of a lot less terrifying than a group that is willing to decimate an entire goverment to make a point, and demonstrates the abillity to do things like take the Australian goverment offline for nearly an hour despite the declaration that they were coming.

What is the difference between a police officer and a Vigilante?

The police officer is told who is innocent. The vigilante decides.

What's the difference between Anonymous and a vigilante?

Batman is considerably more awesome.

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