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Anonymous To Target PSN Over Sony’s SOPA Support

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Anonymous To Target PSN Over Sony’s SOPA Support
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After rebounding from a blunder-filled start to 2011, the PlayStation 3 network, as well as the buzz around the system (and the company) died down to the point where it was acceptable to be a PS3 owner once again.

However, if the mischievous Internet collective known as Anonymous has its way, the PlayStation Network (PSN) will once again be brought to its knees. Because of Sony’s support of the SOPA legislation, they are once again a target of the infamous hacking collective. Perhaps these two entities collaborated in order to get more coverage, seeing how the hubbub surrounding both parties, Sony and Anonymous, has been relatively quiet after a busy spring/summer.

While that’s about as ludicrous as it sounds, stranger things have happened. As for Anonymous’ message, here it is, in YouTube format:


In case you don’t want to listen to the computerized voice, the video’s YouTube page features a transcription of Anonymous’ latest intentions:

Hello, SONY.
We are Anonymous.

It has come to the attention of the Anonymous activist community that you have chosen to stand by the Stop Online Piracy Act. This act will halt online businesses and restrict access to many sites for many users. Supporting SOPA is like trying to throw an entire company from off a bridge. Your support to the act is a signed death warrant to SONY Company and Associates. Therefore, yet again, we have decided to destroy your network. We will dismantle your phantom from the internet. Prepare to be extinguished. Justice will be swift, and it will be for the people, whether some like it or not. Sony, you have been warned.

To those doubting our powers. We’ve infiltrated the servers of Bank of America, The United States Department of Defense, The United Nations, and Lockheed Martin. In one day.

For their approval to SOPA, we have also declared that our fury be brought upon the following persons. Justin Bieber. Lady Gaga. Kim Kardashian. and Taylor Swift.

Operation Blackout, engaged.
Operation Mayhem, engaged.
Operation LulzXmas, engaged.

We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Supporters of SOPA, you should’ve expected us.

There are even instructions listed for those of you who’d like to help Anonymous takedown the PSN:

How to join the attack:
1) Download NetTalk6.exe
2) Connect to this IP address: irc.anonops.li OR ipv6.anonops.li
3) TYPE IN: /join #opsony

It’s surprising that Sony hasn’t asked YouTube to pull the video, considering the directions in the description. Granted, Anonymous could broadcast these instructions over many different web mediums, but the fact remains, the attack directions could be inferred as inciting others to act in a destructive manner.

Anonymous To Target PSN Over Sony’s SOPA Support


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  • /b/ rule 1&2 need not apply

    these virgins seriously need to stop this nonsense, im doubting their ‘power’ over the internet as their ‘group’ consists of “murrika v europ” “newfags” “oldfags” pony loving bitches

  • Mornelithe

    Just like the petulant children they are. Anonymous seeks to force change through illegal means, whereas Reddit users forced change with their wallets.

    Personally, given how low-key Anon had been lately, I figured they’d learned that performing illegal acts in no way helps their cause. Way to go idiots.

  • TunechiWayne

    The little anti-social kids can calm down now, Sony has dropped their support. When will these kids grow up and learn to protest the mature way?

  • the J

    Don’t you people realize the proper protesting to large companies doesn’t work? If it did SOPA would have need existed to begin with. Anonymous got not only Sony, but Nintendo and EA to back down in one day whereas the efforts of many have fallen on deaf ears. I say to Anonymous: Stay true and keep up the good work.

    • Mornelithe

      Tell that to GoDaddy.com, that dropped their support in a day (yesterday) when thousands of domain owners switched to other hosting sites. Notice that Sony didn’t take much of a hit following Anon’s original hack of the PSN…sure, they went down for a bit (while they rebuilt the PSN infrastructure), but not many people (if any) actually switched to other hardware manufacturers.

      • Steven

        That’s a pretty fat lie, to be honest. Sony got hit BAD by the downing of their PSN network. Sure, just because you don’t have a Playstation connection for a few weeks you won’t jump ship and get an Xbox. But you forget about the countless MMOs and computer games they have that are solely dependent on PSN’s connectivity. They lost a lot of population.

        • Mornelithe

          Not everything SoE does, is run off of PSN, that’s a pretty big lie. Like Second Life, for example. So, no, the downtime on PSN was pretty much a blip on the radar for Sony. They lost a paltry amount of money (something like 160 mil….which is nothing compared to other losses they’ve incurred). And since they came back up they’ve only increased their customer base. So, yeah, not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

          • Anon

            you are so stupid its unreal how do you think it sounds to people who might have bought a ps3 that the network has been hacked leaving thousands of peoples credit card details at risk.. they obviously wouldn’t buy one and lol at sony saying it didn’t affect them they even came out and said that so they got shut down again for even longer this time also if it didn’t affect them why did they retract their support for sopa pretty much the same day this message was issued?

  • Anon

    Youtube will most likely not try to stop anonymous attacking sony as sopa is worse for youtube than most other websites… That being said Sony are morons to support something that would obviously put them back in the firing line again although this probably won’t happen now as Sony have withdrawn their support for sopa after this message was issued

  • Anon

    You all can complain to the govt that you are against them or get your hands dirty and DO something about it. You people that say Anon is immature and anti-social, this is what I tell you: The way we protest has created fear. Fear that the people of this free country have are fed up and protesting by taking to the streets does not suffice enough. You want something to change? Then get your hands dirty. I’m out.

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