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Anonymous Launches Attack On Sony 347

Posted by samzenpus
from the attack-of-the-month-club dept.
RedEaredSlider writes "The hacker collective Anonymous has made good on its threat to attack Sony, having launched a distributed denial-of-service attack on Wednesday afternoon. The attack is revenge for the legal action taken against another hacker who modified a PlayStation 3. Sony Computer Entertainment America filed suit against George Hotz, also known as Geohot. Hotz had released a firmware modification that allowed a Sony PlayStation 3 to run other operating systems. Sony had removed that functionality some months before. The suit is still pending."
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Anonymous Launches Attack On Sony

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  • Am I now part Sony's subpoena to get user IPs from ./ who comment on Sony stories?
    • Re: (Score:2, Offtopic)

      by zill (1690130)
      I know it's not likely, but here's a hoping they'll use SQL to store the comments.');DROP TABLE Comments;--
      • by tobiah (308208)

        ha! that never gets old

    • by Renraku (518261)

      Alright, here's how it's going to work. Sony will threaten Slashdot with a lawsuit unless they cough up user IPs. If Slashdot doesn't, then they'll be aiding/abetting/participating in whatever nasty Sony is trying to say has been committed. Sony has a bigger legal budget than Slashdot, so without a technically competent judge (there aren't many), Slashdot loses. Unless they turn over the IP data.

      Millions spent in legal defense, or giving up an IP address, which will they choose? As a car analogy, you c

      • by PopeRatzo (965947) *

        But my IP address is not really my IP address.

        I had no interest in hacking a PS3 until Sony started this attack on Geohot.

        Now I've got a nice used PS3 just for that purpose. I struggled with whether or not buying a used console actually put money into Sony's hands, but I got it from a girl on Craig's list who had thrown her unemployed boyfriend out and was selling all his stuff. Fifty bucks.

        • by Culture20 (968837)

          I've got a nice used PS3 just for that purpose. I struggled with whether or not buying a used console actually put money into Sony's hands, but I got it from a girl on Craig's list who had thrown her unemployed boyfriend out and was selling all his stuff. Fifty bucks.

          You just admitted to knowingly purchasing stolen property (and potential conspiracy). I am not a lawyer.

          • by PopeRatzo (965947) *

            You just admitted to knowingly purchasing stolen property (and potential conspiracy). I am not a lawyer.

            They boyfriend ran up her credit cards, so it sounds like she simply repossessed the PS3.

            And judging from the looks of her, she has better ways to spend her time than playing Bayonetta. She was pretty fine for a suburban trixie.

  • Why DDOS? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Isn't there a better way to get back at Sony then DDOSing there web page? Granted it works, the general public/politicians are made aware but why not do something more sinister? Spread investor rumors that cause their stock price to crash or disable their corporate email system. Something to truly cripple them would be the most effective way at getting back.
    • by msauve (701917)
      Why not just avoid buying Sony products? Let the free market operate. Granted, this doesn't compensate for Sony's removal of the "other OS" feature, but there's an ongoing lawsuit [groklaw.net] over that, too. It's interesting how disingenuous Sony is being, claiming different things in the two lawsuits - that should (hopefully) get them in big trouble with the courts, which don't like weasels.
      • Re:Why DDOS? (Score:4, Insightful)

        by click2005 (921437) * on Wednesday April 06, 2011 @07:44PM (#35739474)

        Not everyone wants a $10 off voucher for some Sony product as compensation for losing an important feature (to some).

        The legal system doesn't work when going up against large corporations.

      • Re:Why DDOS? (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 06, 2011 @07:58PM (#35739592)

        It's not a free market while copyright and patent monopoly laws are distorting it. Face it, the free market won't sort it out, because sony has been rendered largely immune to free market effects by government-granted imaginary property monopolies.

        • by taucross (1330311)
          A free market is only as good as its freedom of information. Control the information, you control the market.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        Why not just avoid buying Sony products?

        Sheesh! You gonna avoid the iPhone 5 [techtree.com] also?

        Just stop it.. Okay? Don't be an idiot.. If you want to boycott Sony, you're gonna have to boycott everything... Maybe even toilet paper. Then you can learn what the left hand is really for..

        • by zill (1690130)

          Maybe even toilet paper.

          I know you were just kidding, but look what google found [gizmodo.com].

        • by russotto (537200)

          Don't be an idiot.. If you want to boycott Sony, you're gonna have to boycott everything... Maybe even toilet paper.

          Don't be ridiculous. My TP is made by by Mitsubishi, not Sony. Look for the three diamonds on the label.

        • If you want to boycott Sony, you're gonna have to boycott everything

          Not really. You can do it one (or a few companies) at a time. Assuming the strategy works, of course. But then again, I think I do a good enough job of giving any of these companies my money.

    • Isn't there a better way to get back at Sony then DDOSing there web page?

      I recommend fire -- and lots of it.

  • Wouldn't it be far more effective to ddos their psn servers.
  • That's preposterous! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by marcello_dl (667940) on Wednesday April 06, 2011 @07:37PM (#35739394) Homepage Journal

    They dare to put offline servers owned by sony???
    Don't they understand the concept of private property???
    Would they like it if Sony did the same and one day decided to put a rootkit on its cds to make them difficult to copy, or issued a firmware upgrade that disables capabilities which were sold and advertised on its consoles? huh? HUH?

    seriously, a boycott is safer and makes more sense. It would need to be extended to the banks that probably own sony, so it boils down to getting new hardware only when sorely needed.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 06, 2011 @07:48PM (#35739506)

      They dare to put offline servers owned by sony???
      Don't they understand the concept of private property???

      Sony is preventing people from using a feature on something they own.
      The people are preventing Sony from using a feature on something they own.

    • issued a firmware upgrade that disables capabilities which were sold and advertised on its consoles? huh? HUH?

      Where does this idea come from? It was NEVER advertised by Sony. Sure it got mentioned on Slashdot and other geek outlets, but OtherOS was never mentioned in Sony advertisements.

      Also you can always keep OtherOS by not updating your PS3.

      • by Nursie (632944)

        Sure you can keep it.

        In exchange for loss of access to the online services and not playing any games released after the firmware was updated.

        Major loss of functionality, either way. Also irrelevant to the general right to hack what I own.

      • by tlhIngan (30335)

        Where does this idea come from? It was NEVER advertised by Sony. Sure it got mentioned on Slashdot and other geek outlets, but OtherOS was never mentioned in Sony advertisements.

        Also you can always keep OtherOS by not updating your PS3.

        It was advertised at one of the E3 shows in an attempt to differentiate it from the already-released Xbox360 by showing the PS3 is more open.

        It wasn't advertised on TV but it was heavily advertised on the Internet, and even Sony's own documentation [playstation.com] makes it appear that Other

  • More like cracker collective.

    Mmm, crackers. Now I just need a wine collective and a cheese collective.

  • Ironic if (Score:5, Insightful)

    by www.sorehands.com (142825) on Wednesday April 06, 2011 @07:37PM (#35739400) Homepage

    It would be sweetly ironic if hacked Play Station 3s were used as part of the attack.

  • Or truly ignorant gamers. See the comments on this article at the Inquirer. http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2041179/anonymous-takes-playstation-website-playstation-network [theinquirer.net] Either there are a lot of very stupid gamers who forget the sony rootkit incident, and who also need to get a life, or this is Sony's class of counterattack. Sadly, Sony will be able to use this against GeoHot, as in "all those hackers are alike, see?" Gheesh.
    • by poity (465672)

      Condemn Sony rootkit; condemn anon DDoS -- people with intellectual integrity are astroturfers?

    • by znerk (1162519)

      Sadly, Sony will be able to use this against GeoHot, as in "all those hackers are alike, see?"

      "You may stop this individual, but you can't stop us all... after all, we're all alike." -Hacker Manifesto

    • by exomondo (1725132)

      Or truly ignorant gamers.

      It's likely they aren't ignorant, just that they are just gamers. People who aren't affected by or don't care about the actions of Sony. Sure they should care - just like with the otherOS fiasco - but the fact is the vast majority of sony's customers aren't interested and forcing them to take a side on the issue is likely to go against the DDOSers.

      If a service i used got DDOS'd as an attack on a company's actions that i didn't have a problem with then i'd be pretty pissed off too. Sure this could have the

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 06, 2011 @07:53PM (#35739542)

    This move by Anonymous was not an act of revenge directly related to the GeoHotz debacle at all. Everybody assumes the two are directly related, when in fact they are not.

    Anonymous has taken measures against Sony because of the clear abuse of the judicial system undertaken by the company which has been bordering on the violation of the rights of US citizens. It is apparent to Anonymous that Sony has overextended their reach, and are getting away with it based on their size, power and financial status. It is a clear exploitation of the legal system by a greedy corporate entity.

    While I do not agree with Anonymous' methods, their point still stands, and what they have done is an unfortunate but neccessary eye opener for large companies that think they are above the law when faced with similar circumstances.

    • Right, so we lend support to random vigilantes that take down people that are considered morally bankrupt in many eyes... Gee that makes perfect sense!

      *ahem* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks [wikipedia.org] *ahem*
      *ahem* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osama_bin_laden [wikipedia.org] *ahem*

      Ya YOU GOT GET 'EM GUYS!

      • If you think I'm being pedantic here I'm not. This is the logical end of vigilantism. With no constraining force or set of ideals, anything becomes possible with any justification so long as enough people believe it true.

    • by ogdenk (712300)

      I agree, when the system fails, it really *IS* up to the people to make things happen or stop things from happening when tyranny, corruption and backroom dealing are obvious and blatantly open. The US Govt have become tyrant sockpuppets for the even-more-evil corporate tyrants. Personally I'm sick of it. I'm glad a few folks did SOMETHING even if it just costs Sony a few grand.

      As robotic warfare becomes mainstream, armed revolution becomes worthless because we'll be the only ones that actually die in com

    • by Kalriath (849904)

      While I do not agree with Anonymous' methods, their point still stands, and what they have done is an unfortunate but neccessary eye opener for large companies that think they are above the law when faced with similar circumstances.

      So you're saying that the solution to companies who believe they are above the law is to act like you're above the law yourself?

      Yeah. That'll fly.

  • Sony has yet to apologize for the way they have handled their SOE arm of the business.
    Terrible company, just terrible.
  • by schnikies79 (788746) on Wednesday April 06, 2011 @08:25PM (#35739788)

    I don't own a single Sony branded product and likely never will, but this sad temper-tantrum that so-called Anonymous is throwing is doing nothing to help GeoHot and everything to hurt him. Lets not do anything, like stop buying their products or telling your friends why they shouldn't be buying them. Let's just egg their house instead!

    This isn't the kind of people I want on my side during a court case of the this magnitude. DOSS attacks are for the lazy.

  • by Duradin (1261418) on Wednesday April 06, 2011 @08:28PM (#35739800)

    "Hotz had released a firmware modification that allowed a Sony PlayStation 3 to run other operating systems."

    If that's all he did I wonder why Sony is so mad at him. It's not like he leaked their secret or anything. If he did that then I could see Sony breaking out the big legal hammer.

    Or perhaps the summary is trying to paint St. George in a better light to inspire some sympathy from those who don't know better.

    • He released firmware modification, and how he figured it out - which includes, IIRC a code that is on the PS3's packaging and some basic algebra.
  • ...they're as close to a sit-in as you can get, as far as non-violent but effective protest goes.

    Often, illegal things have to be done to right wrongs, especially when the laws are written by those doing the wrongs.

    (If the wrongs are severe enough, extremely illegal things may be morally OK, on the other hand. As in, using the second amendment to defend oneself against violations of rights.)

    • by Kalriath (849904)

      Again, you can walk past a sit-in to use the store or service you intended if you feel inclined to. You cannot ignore a DDoS in order to access a store or service you intended to. Hence, they are exactly nothing alike whatsoever - and the only people who claim they are alike are just trying to justify what is essentially a destructive action. Sony may be assholes, but Anonymous are bigger ones.

  • Hotz=hacker
    Anonymous=cracker

    Summary shouldn't lump both together as hackers.

    • by haderytn (1232484)

      Hotz=hacker
      Anonymous=cracker

      Summary shouldn't lump both together as hackers.

      You have presented assumptive generalization of both Hotz and Anonymous....something about lumping together...

    • by Culture20 (968837)
      Which was is the Vatican liked again?
  • I'm curious, how much damage does something like turning off PSN for 24 hours do in actual money? They had to hire a security firm so it can't just be a little bit. What variables play a role?

  • Just read that article... it's just garbage. A splinter group of anonymous? How could they have a splinter group? 3 posts in an IRC channel that everyone in the world has access to mean they did it? I could ddos Sony and post it in that IRC channel. Next time there's a major earthquake I'm going to log into a channel called OpQuake claiming Anon is activating its earthquake machine... bet it makes CNN. People are stupid.
  • User beware! The IBtimes article in the summary attempts to redirect to a fake antivirus page
    • In my case it sent me to hxxp://bestlaserscanantiv.com/index.php?06abQDU9QU6XUGv8rSw2jMiscm1vOCQ5eFBceXKtAFhQMZFwRCiHftY70F8ghchXFnM=
  • Back when I wanted to buy a digital camera, I looked at a couple of competing models from Sony, Panasonic, and Canon. All of them were of the "superzoom" type, with ambitiously-specified zoom lenses.

    Sony's products were loaded with features -- fancy modes, gadgets, and a shiny, sleek interface. They had the marketing campaign to back them up, too.

    But their lenses ... agh. They had *horrible* chromatic aberration, that optical defect that causes different colors to not focus the same way and creates colored

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