As I’m sure all of you are aware by now, the PlayStation Network is down, and at a rather crucial time in gaming as well, as SOCOM 4, Mortal Kombat and Portal 2, all which rely heavily on the online community, are unable to be played online. Although we can only speculate as to the cause of the network outage – some blame internal problems in Japan and some blame famed hacker organization Annonymous – but Sony is reportedly working on the program. Sony first acknowledged the issue Wednesday, and indicated on Thursday that it would take a “full day or two” to reboot the network. Otherwise, Sony has been silent on the matter and has not returned inquiries from Associate Press journalists, although rumor on the internet is that Sony has implicated Anonymous in the matter.
This is probably due to a pretty threatening open letter that Annonymous sent to Sony after they took legal action against fellow hacker George “Geohost” Holtz.
Here’s the most threatening paragraph in the open letter:
Your corrupt business practices are indicative of a corporate philosophy that would deny consumers the right to use products they have paid for, and rightfully own, in the manner of their choosing. Perhaps you should alert your customers to the fact that they are apparently only renting your products? In light of this assault on both rights and free expression, Anonymous, the notoriously handsome rulers of the internet, would like to inform you that you have only been “renting” your web domains. Having trodden upon Anonymous’ rights, you must now be trodden on.
You can read the full letter here
Being that Anonymous did openly threaten Sony, I don’t think it’s exactly unreasonable that Sony implicated them. However, Anonymous has denied responsibility in a second open letter on their website.
While it could be the case that other Anons have acted by themselves AnonOps wa not related to this incident and takes no responsibility for it. A more likely explanation is that Sony is taking advantage of Anonymous’ previous ill-will towards the company to distract users from the fact the outage is actually an internal problem with the companies servers.
Sony is incompetent.
You know, I can’t say I don’t believe them, but I’m skeptical. If it was an internal problem, a large corporation with many arms like Sony would likely have sorted it out by now.
What do you all think? Is it probable that Anonymous is responsible for the attack? Is Sony doing an adequate job in handling the shutdown?