Anonymous Possibly Follows Through On Threat: Sony Websites Crashed
When hacker collective Anonymous announced over the weekend that they were declaring digital war against Sony in support of GeoHot, boasting “Your official websites will be taken offline, including the playstation store”, we knew shizz was about to get real. We just didn’t know how soon. Turns out they got to work immediately: yesterday, Sony websites all over the intertubes suspiciously went down around the same time.
PSN was the first affected. Sony claims it was down for routine maintenance. But as Destructoid noted, that cagey explanation doesn’t explain away the fact that Playstation.com and numerous other Sony web properties were also unavailable. So far, Anonymous hasn’t claimed responsibility but the timing couldn’t be more
suspicious awesome. While we at GameFront do not condone hacking, we can’t help but think this story is only going to become more interesting as Sony continues their legal battle to declare that purchases of their products constitute nothing more than complex rental agreements.
As for Anonymous, if this is indeed their handiwork, it’s time to update the score card. Yesterday we listed their previous successful acts of digital vandalism – here’s the updated list:
* Knocked offline the websites of Egypt’s Ministry of Information and President Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party during the Egyptian Revolution of 2011.
* Defaced the websites for the Irish political party Fine Gael.
* Performed distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) attacks on eight Tunisian government websites.
* Performed DDoS attacks on Australian Government websites.
* Knocked offline and later defaced the website of the Australian prime minister.
* NEW! (Possibly) took out a large number of Sony websites for several hours.