Anonymous declares war on Sony in support of GeoHot

Sony's legal dust-ups with PS3 modders George 'GeoHot' Hotz and Graf_Chokolo have earned it the ire of the 'hacktivist' group known as Anonymous. This weekend, the infamous online entity issued a less-than-subtle threat stating that Sony "saw a hornests nest, and stuck [its] penises in it," and would therefore face the full brunt of Anonymous' wrath. We can't think of any worse punishment than sticking one's manhood into a nest of armed insects, so this should be interesting.

Dubbed Operation Sony, the retaliation is part of Anonymous' Operation Payback; an initiative which seeks to disable websites belonging to perceived opponents of free-rights content with distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS). The unidentified group claims Sony violated basic free-use freedoms when it sued GeoHot and arrested the German hacker Graf_Chokolo for allegedly engaging in PS3 jailbreaking activities.

The full motivations for Anonymous' attack were given in this message posted on Friday:

Given Anonymous' track record, this is no empty threat. Comprised of shadowy hackers from across the internet, the group has engaged in similar web-based attacks against heavy hitters such as Amazon, YouTube, the Westboro Baptist Church, and – perhaps most notably, the Church of Scientology. Members of Anonymous were also reported to have been responsible for disabling ex-President Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party website during the recent Egyptian protests.

Whether you agree with its methods or not, Anonymous gets results. This isn't likely to make Sony rethink its own fight with GeoHot, but it is likely to sting. More than a hundred junk-attacking hornets? Who knows. But again, we doubt it.

[Source: AnonNews via PCMag]

April 4, 2011

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  • Commander034 - April 6, 2011 7:58 p.m.

    If don't like the way a corporation does its business don't buy there product. No one is a slave to Sony, Microsoft, or any other corporation. You vote with your wallet in the market place, so if you want Sony to make a better or cheaper product, don't buy from them, they'll be forced to make a better product to survive.
  • Jaces - April 6, 2011 6:11 a.m.

    You can pretty much say that for any big corporation. They cut corners to keep costs low, have unlimited resources yet only use a quarter of those resources then charge the consumer up the ass for it.
  • ChiefLethal - April 6, 2011 5:02 a.m.

    @Thorstein etc Good on Sony for donating. It doesn't effect how i feel about them in general nor does it have anything to do with this discussion. Anon are activists. Nothing more. They have a message and don't have any fear in spreading. And you raise a good point and i agree that at some point the "gamer's" rights must be considered, but to Sony, you are a customer, and what are customers but consumers. Sony could be just fine with people modding their shit, but they aren't. It means they have to work harder to keep their own stuff in check, but they don't. They cut corners to keep costs low, or as low as they can, what with current and next gen systems costing nearly as much as a PC. I mean, for christs sake, the functionality Hotz restored is the same that Sony removed from its own console, yet had previously promised to consumers. Or at least that's what homerbrewers want, is to have the 'other OS' functionality restored (who knew that would actually contribute to PS3 sales?) but people, for whatever unconscionable reason, seem to lump hombrewing in with hacking. Even Sony, who apparently views anyone who uses Linux as a hacker. My argument with the quote was that, 'as a gamer', you value your 'liberties' over the 'liberties' of consumers at large, and that as long as YOUR games are kept hack free, then YOU don't mind if Sony tramples all over the rights of consumers. THAT is what this case represents. You have Sony, a giant corporation with a seemingly unlimited pool of resources suing one man who has a pool of incredibly limited resources, and all because he broke Sony's toy. Sony isn't suing him because there is anything inherently wrong with what he did. They are suing him to send the message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated. Hacking in games is a pain in the ass, I'm not gonna disagree with that. Find me someone who would. But I have also accepted that it happens and under no circumstances will it go away. Ever. People were hacking in games on current gen systems for years before the PS3 was cracked and people will be hacking long after the PS3 is dead and gone. Sony could take other measures, far more preventative and infinitely more consumer friendly, but it chooses not to. They would rather just bully anyone who disagrees. I guess I'm mad at Sony for a different reason than Anon. I just don't like what Sony is doing.
  • Shagnasty - April 5, 2011 11:56 p.m.

    To everyone stating that they have a right to mod their systems: The PS3 is a portal for a consumption service. to receive said service, you agree to certain conditions. Just because you think you are privileged to do something, doesn't mean you have the "right" to do it. The PS3 is meant for video games and movies, so use it for video games and movies. It is a device meant for consumption, so if you want to consume, by all means, pay your dues and consume. If you don't want the device for consumption, then look elsewhere.
  • JakeDaCake - April 5, 2011 10:50 p.m.

    @digitalg "information is free, epescially in the case of something you paid money for" if you pay money for it then its not free retard hence hotz being sued retard!
  • JakeDaCake - April 5, 2011 10:42 p.m.

    i am against hacking to beat an opponent otherwise hack away. and the only reason hotz is being crackdown on is because he was selling the information if he wer giving it away for free sony wouldnt be able to touch him. Its only pirating if its for sale.
  • GdeMan - April 5, 2011 8:01 p.m.

    Rule fag there are no rules u oldfag
  • Jaces - April 5, 2011 8 p.m.

    @Chief: Never said they would be able to tie Anon to Hotz, just said it would help Sony by saying "See! Hackers are bad and they are no different from Hotz", if you get my meaning...if not don't think too much on it. What Hotz did was fine but when he exploited it to everybody on the net then that's when things got out of hand and Sony took notice. If he just kept quiet about it everything wouldn't have spiraled out of control.
  • Larinah - April 5, 2011 7:39 p.m.

    Regardless of whether this gets results, it's still good. It shows that Geohot has Anon at his back, and if there's one thing I've learned in my many years on the 'net, it's that if you have Anon backing you, that's a major boon.
  • AlphaAGENT144 - April 5, 2011 7:05 p.m.

  • ignis_phoenix - April 5, 2011 5:49 p.m.

    I love how some people cry about our rights as consumers and then bitch when Sony have rights of their own. We buy software, we have the right to use it (as it is intended) as much as we want. Surely Sony have the right to protect their software? I hate using analogies but oh well; would you like it if your little restaurant went out of business because someone else found out your secret recipe and gave it to everyone else? I bet this group think they're a group of heroes or something when in reality they're just a bunch of self-righteous losers with too much time on their hands. As a normal paying customer I don't feel too restricted by anything Sony does.
  • ChiefLethal - April 5, 2011 4:42 p.m.

    @Jaces No, but you seem to think that everyone jailbreaking their PS3 is doing so to cheat in/pirate their games. They absolutely have the right to do all of those things. You can jailbreak your iphone with out apple yelling at you. So why is the PS3 an exception? Keep in mind that had Sony taken extra steps to ensure the security of their system, instead of taking short cuts with it, we would not even be talking about this. Which is a shame, since games were being hacked well before the PS3 was ever cracked. They won't be able to use Anon's attack as evidence in this case. They would have to tie Anon to Hotz. Since they are already having trouble tying Hotz to California (to get jurisdiction in that state instead of New Jersey, which is where Hotz was active) I doubt they would be able to convincingly tie Hotz to Anon.
  • mothbanquet - April 5, 2011 3 p.m.

    @PimplesInYourAsstista How dare you besmirch the good name of hentai-fapping ._.
  • Chiefslapaho - April 5, 2011 2:41 p.m.

  • monkeywolf - April 5, 2011 2:09 p.m.

    Cheif's statements make me lol and really half the people who try to defend Anon make me lol. I do like some of the stuff they do when they do it right, but really half the time, they don't do much. "ZOMG WE HAX AND SHUTZDOWNZ URZ WEBSITE!" And then they quietly go away. Anon is a group that talks a big fight, does little, than just threatens they can do more, but can they really?
  • Ilyere - April 5, 2011 1:58 p.m.

    Are they serious? This seems a little contradictory to their statement...
  • DVTClark - April 5, 2011 1:45 p.m.

    I hope sony annihilate those anons be done with all these issues. This ps3 hack stuff is getting old, that geohot whatever guy can go to hell for all I care and those anons are welcome to follow him to his firey death.
  • ultimatepunchrod - April 5, 2011 1:16 p.m.

    wow i can really take them seriously as an activist group now that theyre attacking a video game company.
  • TRcommander - April 5, 2011 12:17 p.m.

    Well at this point, I don't think it matters whether you support them or not because Sony just proved that Anon is no big deal for them. None of Sony's sites were ever down for any significant amount of time even through the peak of Anon's attack. So yeah, it could be an issue if they kept up the assault every day, but they don't have that kind of attention span. So they have accomplished nothing.
  • michaelkaramas - April 5, 2011 10:26 a.m.

    QUOTE:Given Anonymous' track record, this is no empty threat. Comprised of shadowy hackers from across the internet, the group has engaged in similar web-based attacks against heavy hitters such as Amazon, YouTube, the Westboro Baptist Church, and – perhaps most notably, the Church of Scientology. Members of Anonymous were also reported to have been responsible for disabling ex-President Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party website during the recent Egyptian protests. Ya and we know all those had a lasting effect...besides egypt, but he had it comin.

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