A splinter group from ‘Anonymous’, known as ‘Sony Recon’ are trying to discover information on Sony employees. The group is gathering the personal information of ‘useful targets’ including Robert S. Wiesenthal, a group executive at Sony Corp as well as the Judge and legal team in the current Geohot case.
Sony Recon founder ‘Randomtask’ apparently posted ‘Sony, the judge and Sony’s lawyers are all valid targets.’
The group PlayStation LifeStyle are suggesting numerous uses for the information including creating personal adverts for ‘erotic services’ on Craigslist and spamming the addresses with hundreds of free UPS boxes. They also suggest the following:
STD Postcards – send one of these e-postcards notifying the target that one of their previous sexual partners has a STD. Makes for an uncomfortable wait for them. Alternatively call an AIDS hotline and ask them to anonymously tell the target they could have HIV, that’s a 6 month wait until the test comes back.
Since the postings on the Sony Recon channel went public, PS3 Hacker ‘Kakarotoks’ has tweeted:
No attacks on people and no plans to, ONLY *recon*, gathering information that is already publicly available, in the hopes of finding something incriminating to help in the lawsuit. Anonymous is against violence or threatening/attacking people.
He says nothing illegal is being done, and news sites are reporting the information wrong.
Hopefully he is correct and Sony Recon will back down.
Update: After further research into this it seems we need to point out a little more strongly that the comment concerning “Stringer’s kids” was an isolated comment and has not been endorsed by any of the leadership of either Anonymous or SonyRecon (such that they are). The headline and content has been altered to reflect this.