Anonymous Behind PlayStation Network Hack

Well, it’s official. Kazuo Hirai, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sony Computer Entertainment America from Sony has submitted written responses to the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. The hearing was held in Washington, DC and was called “The Threat of Data Theft to American Consumers.”

In his response, Hirai says the following about Anonymous:

Sony has been the victim of a very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack. We discovered that the intruders had planted a file on one of our Sony Online Entertainment servers named “Anonymous” with the words “We are Legion.”

You can read his full written response on the official Playstation blog.

Now of course, Anonymous and professional are not exactly synonymous terms…

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but still, it is highly unlikely that Sony would lie to the US Government. If it were to be found out that they were lying, that would actually be the end of Sony, and I don’t think that Sony would be willing to risk the remnants of their already fragile reputation.

I had previously discussed the possibility of Anonymous’ involvement, and also the pro’s and con’s of the organization itself. Although I had since convinced myself otherwise I had thought this was a very real possibility from the start, but now I’m absolutely convinced that Anonymous was responsible for the PlayStation Network hack. Still, it can’t be argued at this point that Sony has done a horrible PR job in making their consumers feel safe.

What do you all think? Based on this new evidence, is Anonymous the organization behind the attack? Is Sony lying to the US Government?

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  • Anonymous

    Typical false flag.

    • How is it false? Sony just testified this to the US government.

  • You do know that anyone could put a text file saying that, right?


    We are legion.

    Does that make this comment by anonymous?

    • This was in a written statement to the US. House of Representatives. Not just anyone can put that in text.

  • J Rogerson

    Anonymous have since claimed it wasn’t them. I still wouldn’t be surprised if it was, or a splinter group (is that even possible? I don’t know how anonymous is organized, if at all), but equally I’m not convinced Sony know who it was, I figure they’re just assuming based on the previous attack. In any case given that anonymous is…anonymous there’ll need to be a thorough investigation before anyone is caught or charged.

    • J Rogerson

      Also this is probably just me being technically inept (and drunk), but i’m logged in and yet when I post comments it doesn’t know who I am, can anyone tell me how to fix this?

    • It’s totally possible. Anonymous isn’t really a cohesive organization as much as a collection of individuals.

      I still don’t think they’d lie to the US. House of Reps, if they are caught in perjury then that’s the end of them.

  • Disciple027

    I would like to point out that Hirai didn’t say it was for sure Anonymous who made the attack(at least he didn’t say it in this excerpt), he just pointed out that they found a file with Anonymous’ name on it. He was very careful with his words, and rightfully so. They obviously know that anyone could have put that file there in order to steer attention away from themselves and try to put the blame on one of Sony’s known enemies.

  • Anonymous…

    Anonymous wouldn’t attack the innocent or the public. Niether would they attack Facebook. Anyone can claim they are apart of anonymous but it is thier best interest not attack the people they are trying to help. that is hipocritical and contradicts Itself. Once again, ANYONE can claim they are apart of anonymous, but the person or people that put the words, anonymous We are Legion… in the file could have been drawing attention away from themselves. if that is true than Sony are fools for acting so quick, and to not go into further investigation before complaining to the government.