Anonymous Targets Sony, Supports GeoHot

In a press release and recently released video, the hacker collective known as Anonymous has stated its intent to target Sony for pursuing legal action against “fellow hacker” George “GeoHot” Hotz.

Best known for its attack on Scientology in 2008, Anonymous engages in international hacktivism to promote internet freedom and freedom of speech.

In keeping with its message that knowledge is free, Anonymous declared to Sony:

You have abused the judicial system in an attempt to censor information about how your products work. You have victimized your own customers merely for possessing and sharing information, and continue to target those who seek this information. In doing so you have violated the privacy of thousands of innocent people who only sought the free distribution of information. [...]

Your corrupt business practices are indicative of a corporate philosophy that would deny consumers the right to use products they have paid for, and rightfully own, in the manner of their choosing.

That’s the message. The threat?

Your official websites will be taken offline, including the playstation store.

If this were to happen, Sony can stand to lose out on business transactions as our world grows more dependent on online sales. So the question is, can Anonymous do this?

Let’s look at their rap sheet. Anonymous has:

  • 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.

If I were Sony, I’d be sweating a little.

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8 Comments on Anonymous Targets Sony, Supports GeoHot

Sugar T1Ts

On April 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Go Anonymous bring these corrupt corporations crashing down. Restriction of information and speech is tyranny, Sony is a tyrant, and it is time for the reign of tyranny to end and the reign of freedom to begin anew.


On April 4, 2011 at 12:51 pm

wow… I am afraid for sony… not.


On April 4, 2011 at 1:28 pm

the harm is done already anway. Won’t buy another Sony product, that’s for sure.


On April 4, 2011 at 2:55 pm

we aim to give freedom…..freedom we will have!! Sony were so so CLOSE!!


On April 4, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Doesn’t Anonymous taking down the Playstation Store also restrict PS3 users’ ability to “use products they have paid for, and rightfully own, in the manner of their choosing”? Hypocrites.


On April 5, 2011 at 2:44 am

I don’t doubt that they are capable of doing it. The only question is when it will happen, and how long they can keep up.

They are Anonymous.
They are Legion.
Expect them, Sony.


On April 5, 2011 at 10:51 am

If he used online PSN he already agreed to the ToS when he clicked the button on his controller. Most consumers are ing idiots who NEVER read the fine print in anything. Have no one to blame but yourself if your to stupid and lazy to know what your getting yourself into. Just because he didn’t know a BRANCH(Which is still apart of the Sony corporation) of the company was in California is still no exscuse for his own negligence. Majority of all ToS state the same thing how you own nothing that is generally hosted by the developers themselves along with most companies own full rights to whatever you create, produce, or do in game.

Small guy fighting a big company hurr durr durr. FIGHT DA POWA. gots.


On April 5, 2011 at 10:56 am

I want this music.