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It's been a rough week for Sony. After posting its declaration of war last Friday, the online hacker group Anonymous has followed through on its threats to issue distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on Sony's websites. In the past few days, the group has downed the likes of PlayStation.com and UK's PlayStatioBlog, crippled the PlayStation Network, posted personal information on Sony big-wigs, and has generally made life difficult for the electronics giant. Not content to take the fight lying down, Sony has now hired its own internet muscle to shore up its online defences.
Anonymous' attacks, motivated by the desire to see Sony punished for pursuing litigation against PS3 hackers GeoHotz and Graf_Chokolo, have forced Sony to hired DDoS defense firm Prolexic; an experienced company which, according to its website, has been “[providing] online businesses with the most advanced protection available against DDoS attacks and malicious botnet activity” for nearly 7 years.
The move has caught the attention of Anonymous supporters, including those in the SonyRecon splinter group. One such proponent, Takai, recently reached out to PlayStation Lifestyle, declaring, “[Hiring Prolexic] was expected. We knew sooner or later Sony would enlist outside help. If I had to put money on it … I’d say, Prolexic is going down like a two dollar whore in a Nevada chicken ranch.”
Takai acknowledged Prolexic is a strong foe to contend with, but believes Anonymous' attacks are just gearing up and the worst is yet to come, stating, “So far, all Sony has seen from us is poking and prodding. A simple salute to let them know, we’re coming. Make no mistake, what you saw today and thought to be frustration is merely preparation for what’s to come. We said, expect us. Counting us out, would be a mistake.”
It's next to impossible to document the back-and-forth between Anonymous and Sony, since battles are being won and lost within the span of minutes, and we won't know the real damage until the dust settles. One thing is certain: at the time of publishing, the DDoS attacks have affected the PlayStation Network, thereby hurting everyday gamers who could give a crap about Anonymous' objectives and just want to kill their friends in peace. Collateral damage is to be expected, but one has to wonder what Anonymous considers victory and if this latest campaign is even remotely close to achieving it.
[Source: PlayStation LifeStyle]
April 6, 2011
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