Anonymous Denies Involvement In PSN Hack

In a statement released to Venture Beat, Anonymous has said it wasn’t responsible for the recent attack on the PSN. The hacker group has previously stated that they would resist attacking services which impacted on consumers after a previous DDoS attack led to the network going down briefly and a widespread public backlash from annoyed gamers.

While we are a distributed and decentralized group. Our ‘leadership’ does not condone credit card theft. We are concerned with the erosion of privacy and fair use, the spread of corporate feudalism, the abuse of power and the justifications of executives and leaders who believe themselves immune personally and financially for the actions they undertake in the name of corporations and public office

So it seems that Anonymous would paint themselves as campaigners against corrupt capitalism and champions for civil liberties. That’s an image which is hardly congruent with stealing personal data and credit card information. They also stated that “If a legitimate and honest investigation into credit card theft is conducted, Anonymous will not be found liable” which seems to imply that they feel Sony’s recent statements to the House of Representatives might have unfairly pointed the finger at them.

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It would seem highly unlikely that the core Anonymous group is responsible for the PSN-crippling attack and yet, a group which is “distributed and decentralized” will always have peripheral figures claiming affiliation and acting outside of the group’s stated aims. Those are the sort of risks you take when you form a group without any core leadership and allow your name to be used by all.

It’s likely that the file, named “Anonymous”, which Sony have stated that they found on their servers is an act of misdirection, subterfuge or tribute. Whether that stands up is a matter for history to decide but what is clear is that as much as anonymity can help Anonymous’ cause, it may prove difficult for them to deny involvement simply by virtue of the fact that anyone can claim membership.

Source: VentureBeat

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65 Comments

  1. Yawn?

    • i think sony and the group that got acused of hackin the psn should 4get about all this nd work together 2 get the psn back online we dont care wat u did or did not do just fix the problem so poeple can relax nd play the new bad boy games that are comin out STANDERD ….

      • trussss this is taking long manz pissed lol

    • lol

    • Indeed, clearly this IS Anonymous, regardless of what they claim. They threatened to do exactly this, and this is the result.

      They are now running scared as the FBI and Homeland security are on the case, and about to raid the local trailer-park looking for Xbox gamers with a Sony grudge.

      • Anonymous took credit for bring down Visa, Mastercard and Paypal despite that leading to the arrest of 40 suspected members.

        They brought down HBGary and ruined Aaron Barr despite what they did being completely illegal.

        They are not ones to hide from their actions, but they are also one who are not known for stealing information for malicious purposes against consumers and those they try and act in favour of.

        The HBGary information that was stolen was to make a point, about trying to intervene and profit from the prosecution of Anonymous, as Anonymous released all of his information for free. The stuff he was trying to sell to the FBI for profit, they released for everyone to see.

    • lol. Anon is a pussy. Lol.

  2. I think the answer can be found in whatever they (Sony) logged the first time that Anonymous attacked PSN.

    I think those two attacks are linked together, more than we can imagine.

    I could be wrong tho, but who cares, Sony already lost (and is still to lose) a sh*tload of cash.

    Doubt they would risk saying such a stupid thing having 2 other companies and the department of defense of the USA looking over Sony’s shoulders.

    Time will tell… Maybe.

  3. They’d have claimed it by now, they’re very vocal. No point in any act of protest, disruption or terrorism if no-one claims responsibility (unless you just want generic terror I guess).

    • That is true. Theft is only made for money, theft art aside.

      • no money has been taken so far & imo they would never admit to this this to big a problem to say I did it.

  4. Well said. Anonymous seem to want to have their cake and eat it here. If you are decentralised then anyone can carry out any action; noble, criminal, or disruptive and do so in your name. As such, no one member can speak for any others anyway.

    • Indeed. They, like most hackers, think they are above the law, the morality of society generally, or have some fervent devotion to a higher power.

      No, they’re still scum, and totally refuse to accept any responsibility of the results of their actions. The attitude of “The ends justifies the means” – what ends? Upsetting an awful lot of ordinary people (gamers) in their quest for a better world (for them, not the rest of us)?

      • I’d like whoever did do it to meet the end of my baseball bat, thats for sure….

    • This is completely unrelated… but thank you 3shirts… you just reminded me that I had sweet sweet cake in my kitchen :D

  5. Whilst the leadership might not condone such actions we have to allow for a splinter-group to carry out such a thing. At present, I’m just disappointed in that the PSN is still down. :-\

  6. I don’t care now hackers are hackers, however nice they like to seem to be. I just want to get back online :(

    • I still do not understand why hackers exist, what’s the point? I know someone who claims to be a hacker and his moral compass is seriously stuck the wrong way, I mention credit card theft he says so what

      • Because it’s there. Morals mean nothing, what are the right morals?

      • To be fair, there is a reason for SOME hackers just as there is a reason for illegal protesters etc.
        Sometimes legal methods do not have the necessary impact so chaining yourself to the building/DDoSing a site can achieve much more.
        There needs to be a distinction though, just as you wouldn’t lump those protestors in with ones that are smashing windows and stealing shit.

      • like hunterstryfe says, hackers are pointless for the everyday person etc. They should only be used for testing.

      • What sort of testing? Like rubbing shampoo in their eyes & putting lipstick on them? XD

      • Technically the term hacking/hacker has been carried very far from it’s origins, at least in the eyes of society. It used to mean people playing around with code, not necessarily for malicious purposes, but even just the term to throw something together (i.e. hack out lines of code).
        Hackers come in three flavours, but most are familiar with two – white hat (good) and black hat (bad).
        As mentioned by 3shirts and bilbo, there are reasons that white hat hackers exist which can include testing security.
        I guess due to the nature of humans though, more hackers are of the black hat variety as that’s where the money and power lies (greed).

      • Hang on, what colour hats do the third type of hackers wear?

      • Grey. I guess their hacking morals depend on what side of the bed they got out of.

  7. Anon (as a whole) did themselves no favours when they publically stated their intent to disrupt Sony services. They have now made themselves the obvious scapegoat for anyone looking to misdirect blame and for Sony to shift attention from themselves to an outside party. This much is true, any future Sony disruptions will be instantly laid at Anons door.

    • Agreed – even if it wasn’t them they are now hopefully getting some stick…which they deserve for threatening to disrupt services in the first place!

    • Completely agree. I believe that whilst Anonymous as a whole may be nothing to do with this, there is a high degree of chance that someone affiliated with Anon has taken their ‘call to arms’ more seriously and gone the whole nine yards with this.

  8. The problem with Anonymous is that it’s an unorganised group of people which makes it very hard to say what you have and haven’t done.

    • I’d go further and say it is impossible.
      Nothing to stop me hacking a company and stealing card details purely for profit then leaving a note to say it was Anonymous.

      • Well there would be, in the fact you would be going against the principles they stand for.

        Even if a group is decentralised, if you carry out actions which go against their principles and say you were working in their name you’ll get a lot of confused looks.

    • Indeed. In fact, they’d have to ‘prove’ it wasn’t them, and for them to do so, they would have to divulge information about their IP addresses, etc. which they won’t do. So unless Sony gets the ‘exact’ person responsible for the hack, then we’ll probably never know.

  9. Anon wouldn’t but someone within may have?, its possible that the media are making many people to believe that Anonymous where responsible. The PSN hackers have likely attempted to frame Anon.

    Unless they just want to be Anonymous and just deny any doing?

    • It’s probably Sony letting everyone think it’s anon because they have no better ideas and want to draw peoples attention away from this fact by using this. I agree it’s probably not someone from anon proper, just some outsider or wannabe (or genius).

  10. who ever did this will get their comupance. bottom line

    • I admire your positivity but they won’t. Unless they choose to come forward or someone grasses them up, they’ll get away with it.

      • you think the FBI does not have its own talented hackers you might be surprised.

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