Anti-Sony Hackers Attacking Employee Families, Children

Sony's attempt to and may have stirred the hacker hive. Hacker group "Anonymous" says Sony's legal actions against PS3 hacktivist George 'Geohot' Hotz are attacks on free speech, and that it's officially declared cyberwar on the company.

In a statement published to open-posting site AnonNews, the group accuses Sony of censorship, violating privacy rights, abusing the legal system, and one further rather childishly described metaphorical offense.

"Now you will experience the wrath of Anonymous," threatens the group. "We are Legion. We do not Forgive. We do not forget. Expect us."

They're not messing around, or at least they claim they're not. It's tough to say whether they've in fact messed with much of anything, but PlayStation LifeStyle claimed yesterday that the group had targeted sites and with denial of service attacks, and that the sites were up but "extremely slow." Other sites essentially piggybacked on that story.

No one's yet verified the extent of the attacks, much less qualified their "success," but yesterday Sony's official Q&A TwitterTwitter account noted the PlayStation Network was "undergoing sporadic maintenance" and that "access to the PSN [might] be interrupted throughout the day." Alles zu Twitter auf

Does that explain my own issues signing into Netflix last night Who knows, but I had the same problem signing in Sunday night, too--well before any of this was underway. The ghost of hacktivism past, or just the echo chamber

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