Anonymous Denies Responsibility for PSN Hack

PlayStation Network has been down for days now, and Sony has admitted that an “External intrusion” is the reason. Obviously, with their recent attacks on Sony networks everywhere, gamers everywhere kind of assumed that amorphous hacker group Anonymous was responsible.

Not so fast, says the group in a new YouTube video. In their text-to-speech treatise, the group claims that their organization (Anon-ops) was not behind the attacks, although they acknowledge that it could be the work of someone who is part of Anonymous. They also suggest that Sony is using the recent attacks by the group as an excuse to cover up hardware problems on Sony’s end.

Whele there’s an outside chance that could be true, it’s pretty obvious that something out of the ordinary has occurred here. After all, PSN was tooling right along prior to the previous attacks by Anonymous. Sure, they’d had some downtime, but everyone has minor downtime over the life of a network.

What’s far more likely is that someone who was involved in the first Anonymous attack on PSN found a vulnerability that they decided to exploit, and this is the result. It’s a graphic example of exactly how much trouble an isolated few can cause for a gaming community as a whole. What drives me crazy is how many people are ready to point the finger at Sony as solely responsible. While I’m not saying Sony is blameless, it’s important to remember that there’s no such thing as a hackproof system.

Regardless of who’s responsible, Sony’s on the hook to fix it, and they need to do it quickly. Failing to do so could negate much of the ground they’ve gained in the marketplace. Gamers can be patient, but they’re also a fickle bunch. Microsoft took advantage with a free-to-play XBox Live weekend the past weekend, and you can bet that if Nintendo’s recently announced new console will be playing up the online aspect of things as well. Additionally, Sony needs to let their customers know whether the security of their credit card data was breached.

Simply put, a lot hinges on how Sony responds to this situation, and how rapidly they do so. We’ll keep you updated on any news we get on it. Until then, I guess we won’t see you online, at least on PSN.

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