As I outlined in a previous article written last night about the PlayStation Network shutdown, Anonymous has officially denied responsibility for the attack in an open letter. They have also released a video statement using a computer generated voice-over and an eerie musical accompaniment. In the video statement, Anonymous reiterates what was said in the letter, and then goes on to use the bad publicity is still publicity argument.
You all do realize that every parody, every blog, every article, every comment made on the internet, in term spreads the anonymous message. With every message you preach, you offer to the individual the chance for curiosity to take hold. You realize they are just as likely to change their view on Anonymous from opposition to support. You are strangling yourself with the very thing you wish to see destroyed
You can take a look at the full video below.
But despite this message, another video containing more revolutionary rhetoric has recently surfaced that was not made in the traditional Anonymous style. This video contains more enhanced visuals and a loop of a clip from V for Vendetta in his Guy Fawkes mask as well as a PS3 on a desk. This second video urges consumers to protest Sony’s corrupt business practices and was uploaded by YouTube user Anon19861 on April 12th, eight days before the cyber attack on the PlayStation Network. The official Youtube channel of Anonymous is allegedly TheAnonPress, but it’s hard to tell what’s legitimate at this point. The video below could just be created by an out-of-control Anonymous fanboy, or it may be real.
What do you all think? Does the above video implicate Anonymous in any way, or is it just the mad ramblings of a wannabe Anonymous fanboy? Even if Anonymous did hack the PlayStation Network, is what they’re doing protecting the rights of the consumer, or is it just pure vengeance?