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New Questionable Evidence Emerges Implicating Anonymous in PlayStation Network Shutdown

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?

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  • http://Website gnashed

    Anybody else think that Portal 2s launch the night before and it’s new cross-platform online play with Steams more advanced interaction with the Playstation network might have something to do with it? Why all this immediate jumping to hackers?

    • http://Website Nash

      b/c sony admitted that it was a “external intrusion”. (external intrusion = hackers) so, it’s either hackers, or sony is trying to cover something up.

      • http://Website Saul Goodman

        Cover something up? Like their own incompetence as far as programming their own product? Probably!

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      That’s true. I hadn’t even thought of that. It’s certainty a possibility.

  • http://Website Anonymous

    I hate Anonymous. Even if they didn’t do it. Buncha trollin’ punks.

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      I don’t think their ‘message’ is getting to the average consumer, as they don’t care about the why as much as the what the hell.

  • http://Website Name (required)

    You must hate yourself then guy above me, because you are Anonymous as well.

  • http://Website joe

    Could they just start the network back up? Wouldn’t it just be easier if people found the problems and report about them, so Sony could deal with them one problem at a time? Easier for 70 million people to find problems then a few dozen people, right?

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      That could mean that it’s more than just normal glitches in the system. It’s something big. They shut down the network to prevent damage.

  • http://Website jackson

    a hacker get a life….put psn back bitches …go hack xbox …if i see a member from that club i will kick their ass

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      I really wonder how reactions would be different if this happened with Xbox Live, a paid service.

      • http://Website Aminimouse

        Yeah… There is no real threat of that because while on XBL there are glitchers that find in game bugs there is no way to run a script so you cant actually “hack” the game. PS3 you can load linux to the damn thing.. same software from Jailbreaking the Iphone4 next thing you know it is unplayable because of all the hacking and cheating which PSN is soooo known for. Seems like Sony is a victim of its own advances.

  • z3rin

    I’ve heard it’s related to adding unlimited funds to the wallets, but that is strictly heresay of a friend who saw it on the internet but didn’t have a source.

    In any case I don’t necessarily think it’s Anonymous if they’ve put out the statement alone. It’s various factions and cells throughout the world, plus – why would they bother lying about it.

    Lesson 1 – if you’re getting hacked, don’t stop the service, stop the flow. They are reprogramming the authentication on the fly, I bet – and to put it through the rigors of testing necessarily to allow millions of people attempting to get on and play is virtually impossible.

    I am effected, but I appreciate the sentiment.

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      Even if it’s just a theory, what did your friend read that related to adding unlimited funds to the PSN wallets?

      I don’t think its Anonymous either, given that they’re pretty transparent about what they do.

      • http://Website Aminimouse

        Ok in short form..

        since for some reason my email was not vaild…

        PSN= free
        XBL=not free

        PSN fanboys are retard happy their shit is free and have never had a reason to consider paying for a service.

        Sony ups their operating capacity by damn near double and now all of the sudden some guys who are not anonymous decide to break in and packet stomp SONY? Come on….

        I am guessing that now Sony will be available to upgrade it’s PSN to a paid service and customers will be o so happy to do so. Wallets have just been super sized.

  • http://Website Heywood Jablomey

    u aint kickin shit u bitch nigga

  • http://Website bigzork

    I have always liked psn better than xbox but looks like if I want to play online I need to sell my ps3 and buy a xbox I wonder if psn will give us all some free points on are psn cards as kick back for all this time that they have been down

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      I really doubt Sony will compensate any users in any way.

    • Fogal

      Look you should be just grateful the they give us the mother f’n network back having some free psn stuff is gonna be more stressing then fixing the damn thing

      • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

        True, I think top priority at this point is getting the network back online rather than compensating PS3 owners.

        • Deasdscull

          I think that compensation would be good. Even if it’s a little cause people buy games just for online and it screws up alot of us. But I just want it fixed now so I can play again.

          • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

            I’d worry about getting it back online before compensation, possibly for people who use paid services but I don’t think they’ll compensate most users.

  • http://Website Joshroxx

    I just wanted to play Madden! But I am all for damning the Man!Breaking up a few days of his robbing and stealing. I could think of some insurance and financial corrupt companies that deserve this a lot more but dam the man! Save Empire Records!

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      There are probably worse corporations out there than Sony that misinform or screw over the consumer a lot worse than Sony does.

  • http://Website Stantheman

    i agree with both of jackson and z3rin :)

  • http://Website Name (required)

    this is some bs they need to stop with this stuff. i agree with joe it would be easier for us the users to find problems.

  • http://Website ESTEBAN

    fucking hacking fags better put the dam playstation network back

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      I think you’ve summed up the sentiments of the gaming community as a whole quite well man.

  • http://Website XLeyend_KillerXPS3

    Well hes involve in everything i blame him for everything AMAZON and PSN THE GOVERMENT KNOWS SOMETHING AND DONT WANT TO TELL NOBODY

    • http://Website lolfag

      Aliens.

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      Who is this?

  • http://Website Saul Goodman

    Anonymous is not an actual organized group. It is a loosely connected collective of individuals who use certain websites on the internet.It is not an organization with a single actual goal, it only appears that way when a large number of people agree on a cause under the ‘Anonymous’ banner, such as the Scientology protests and the Wikileaks related actions.

    To say that Anonymous would have ANY ‘official’ ANYTHING (youtube, twitter, what have you) demonstrates a real ignorance of the inner-workings of Anonymous.

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      Well, I do know a good deal about Anonymous actually. I get the fact that they’re more, in the technical sense of the term, a Cyber Terrorist organization. They’re a loose association of individuals rather than a clear organization.

      Whether their motives are just or not though is another debate in itself.

  • http://Website WUT?

    This mess totally ruined my weekend D:

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      I’m sure many other people feel the same way being that a lot of people are in that boat.

  • http://Website ESTEBAN

    anynomus probably didnt do shit they might just take credit for some dumbass with no life

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      It’s even questionable if they’re taking credit at this point, there’s the letter and the video that says they didn’t do it, but then there’s the other video saying they’re planning an attack that was released before the actual attack. It’s impossible to tell what’s real at this point.

  • http://Website 666

    hail communism

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      Ehh, I think not.

  • http://Website Leader of the Dark Union

    Look I don’t know all that much about computers. But I find it funny how there is a whole computer hacking association that know one knows who or where they are. The part that gets me they were probably the kids that got dodge balls to the face in gym, got shoved in lockers, and took there mom to the prom… So the stayed in side and played World of Warcraft all night… Hide behind a screen pussy

    • http://Website ssss

      hell ya

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      Well as they say, the nerds of today are the leaders of tomorrow. Anonymous is pretty much the Illuminati of the Internet at this point.

      • http://Website Agenu

        The illuminated ones? More like the Black Hand or pretty much anything extreme and active in the 60’s or 70’s…. remember, they are a shadowy circle of subversive change, not a shadowy circle controlling the pinnacle of the system.
        Was trying to push from level 46 to 48 online on COD:BO this weekend. So, I am pissed I can’t- but I’m not about to resort to ignorance railing against whoever took on the Zaibatsu of the Rising Sun – and seemingly won.
        I’m not for or against Anonymous group or hacking in general-
        JUST REMEMBER, MINDLESS DRONES- AS YOU SHIFT FROM BASE PROFANITY TO HOLLOW THREATS, HOWLING TO GET YOUR PRECIOUS COLISEUM ENTERTAINMENT BACK-
        JUST REMEMBER- YOU ARE WHO HOWARD BEALE WAS TALKING ABOUT. YOU ARE THE STARBELLIES. TRY INSTEAD, GOING OUTSIDE, BLINKING (ITS CALLED THE SUN) AND THEN RE-LEARNING HOW TO THINK FOR YOURSELF. YOU MIGHT BE SHOCKED HOW MANY MORE WORDS THERE ARE THAN ‘FAG.’
        Clearly, other than philosophically, whoever did this didn’t actually protect any consumers- but it might have done them the favor of unplugging them for just one weekend. If it’s more than one weekend tho, I’ll probably be joining in the poo flinging and bandwagon harrumphing.

        • Me

          The problem with that idiotic mind set is assuming that the only ones who use the PSN are lazy and live alone in a room with no contact with the purist world. I can assure you most of us aren’t. What about those who use the PSN for activities such as; playing with a friend or relative that lives a long distance away from you, relaxing after a long day of being outside doing assorted things, passing time before doing something else when there’s nothing else available or feasible, playing on occassion, having an event and using it as a form of entertainment…it goes in forever. I for example haven’t played in a week and a half, I felt like playing out of the blue but can’t. So favor? No I think not. If you wanted to look at it in that light it’s more like shoving something down someones throat. Just more don’t do this you shouldn’t do that. Whoever wrote that has their head up their ass.

          • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

            Agreed, most people who game are not the ‘hardcore’ crowd. Sure, I love to game, but my life does not entirely revolve around it. I have activities I enjoy outside of basic entertainment.

        • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

          True, they’re more akin to a radical group than someone controlling everything behind the scenes, if it even was them that is.

          I think people are better than thinking for themselves than we’d like to give them credit for, sure entertainment excess can lead to corruption like in the Roman empire, but that doesn’t mean that entertainment shouldn’t exist or that by indulging it you are a sheep.

  • http://Website Hackers SUCK

    Really? Hackers! REALLY!?

    I paid $$ for something that I intended to use as described to me on the box, but luckily I have hackers to protect me from my self otherwise I might actually have used the PSN and possibly cause bodily injury! BIG BAD Sony! Shame on you for providing us with free online play… It could have poked my eye out if that nice hacker hadn’t prevented me from getting on this weekend. :(

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      Well, apparently Anonymous has deemed fire (or online games) to dangerous for us gamers to play with.

  • http://Website I HOPE ANON WINS

    you are ALL HATERS I FOR ONE AGREE WITH ANON ALL OF YOU AND SONY ARE DUMB SONY IS FUCKING WITH ALL OF YOU IM GLAD ANON DID THIS IM SICK OF SONY’S SHIT AND IF THEY DIDN’T DO THIS OUTRAGE IM GLAD SOMEONE DID IF I COULD HAVE DONE IT I WOULD HAVE !!!!!!!!!!!

    • Kas

      BRO IM TRYNA MOLLY WOP SOME NIGGAS IN COD WTF PUT DAT SHIT UP. I GO HARD IN THE PAINT!

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      I think the issue is that the fight is not clearly defined. How exactly is Sony hurting the consumer at this point and how is Anonymous helping the consumer? Not the hacking or modding community, but the average consumer who just wants to play his COD or Madden and has no interest in Homebrew content, Linux or anything else.

    • http://Website ESTEBAN

      fuck you and anon

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  • Dutch

    Search results › If Sony comps for anything the real gamers will give it back to the relief fund for Japan that’s just my opinion .. But honestly this is not there fault and we really aren’t sufferinG a few days down…whatever get it right and us true gamers will still be here . My support 100%. Cod black opps – Dutch-wh. Ps hackers are the scum of the earth .. Act as though they are on our side then pull some STUFF like this .would love to see any of them in RL to bad they don’t come out of there parents basements.

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      Hopefully it comes to surface that Anon was not actually involved. That would entirely ruin the integrity of their collective if that was true.

  • http://Website pistolpete132

    sony needs to tell us how to record and report jailbreakers n the first place so we can help clean up the scum!

    • Me

      The problem is not jailbreaking. Not at all. Jailbreaking is perfectly legal and a good thing for the advancement of function for tech devices. The problem is the idiots that ruin it for the rest of us by taking down the networks, cheating in games, and bringing piracy to the ps3.

      • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

        I think jailbreaking has some real potential. If the PS3 were able to run homebrew content like the PC, imagine how much games with potential for that would sell on the PS3 vs the Xbox 360. Could you imagine running mods on Skyrim when it comes out?

        But I do think that Sony has a real fear of this hacking business, as it will obviously be used for piracy as well.

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      You can report people for cheating on the PSN and on Live.

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