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.