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Did Anonymous Hack Sony's PlayStation Network?

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For a week, there were a lot of frustrated and angry gamers out there. Now, they're mostly worried. After the online PlayStation Network (PSN) had been down for a week, Sony finally came out yesterday and admitted that "user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network."

For Sony, this is a nightmare scenario, as hackers could potentially have access to users' names, addresses, email addresses, PSN passwords, and possibly credit card information. Because a lot of people use the same passwords across multiples platforms/sites, that could be an incredibly lucrative haul for hackers.

Anonymous, an online collective which counts hacktivists as members and who achieved some fame for attacking MasterCard and PayPal after those companies distanced themselves from WikiLeaks, initially fell under suspicion. Bit of background: Anonymous grew out of the 4Chan imageboard -- a place where you get lolcats, anime, and a lot of porn. Many of the activists see themselves as digital Robin Hoods taking on the corporate hegemons of Sony, PayPal, et al.

In that spirit, earlier this month, Anonymous began its Operation Sony in solidarity with George Hotz, who was being sued by Sony after hacking the PlayStation 3 and then publishing some of the jailbreak information on the Internet. When Anonymous activists first struck, they managed to take down playstation.com and the PlayStation Store, using their preferred tool of distributed denial of service attacks (DDOS).



The attacks broadened, as Nate Anderson at Ars Technica reported, with another branch of Anonymous tracking down personal details of Sony executives and their kids (known in Anonymous lingo as doxing).

So was Anonymous responsible?

Parmy Olson at Forbes says it's unlikely:

Did the collective then take another turn for the extreme, swiping the personal information and credit card details of millions of PlayStation Network users? Almost certainly no. Sony is citing an “unauthorized person”  as stealing the data, suggesting this is the work of a single hacker, perhaps supported by one or two others.

Anonymous has already denied the most recent takedown of PSN. Or rather AnonOps, one branch of Anonymous, denied it, before adding that it was possible that other branches of Anonymous were responsible. And therein lies the central problem with Anonymous. Anonymous activists always take pains to point out how they speak only for themselves, not for the group. The activists will tell you that they are a diverse group and wouldn't like to be presumptuous enough to attribute a guiding ideology to the whole group. Fair enough.

But not speaking for the group cuts both ways, so when one branch of Anonymous gets up to deny their role, it's fairly meaningless -- like the pope denying that the IRA is responsible for a terrorist attack. If they're telling the truth, it is just evidence that those few people in that particular cluster of activists aren't responsible. There's also been talk of rogue elements or Anonymous-connected third parties being responsible, but that kind of misses the point: their leaderless, decentralized structure means that they are all essentially rogue elements. There is no "official Anonymous."

Anonymous as a movement (or a meme, or a subculture, or a hyper-consciousness, or whatever you want to call it) is evolving and increasingly split -- very broadly between those who want to focus on activism, for instance targeting Iranian regime sites or helping out Tunisian revolutionaries, and those just doing it for the lulz, purely for the fun of trolling and wreaking havoc on the Internet (true to their 4Chan roots). There has been a lot of debate among Anonymous activists about the Sony operation, with many aware of just how damaging (for their name) an attack which interferes with gamers' precious gaming could be. 

Those splits are bitter and deep, although as blogger Cathy Fitzpatrick has pointed out, such talk of a movement divided is merely a distraction. (She's written some highly critical and fascinating posts on Anonymous at Wired State.)

Groups like Anonymous are important because these weak-tied, decentralized networks represent one future of online activism -- they can wield huge amounts of power, scale quickly, and have the potential to be pretty effective. But they're also a great example of the limitations of flat, leaderless organizations to actually agree on anything or carry out campaigns with efficiency and responsibility. As Mary C. Joyce points out in a recent post, "the extreme egalitarianism of the flat network  seems to be driving down effectiveness. Even an organization with porous boundaries does not have unlimited resources, and those human resources are being diluted by too many campaigns, such that each campaign cannot recruit enough people to carry out all the tasks necessary for success."

In terms of responsibility and credibility, why would an activist want to be connected with a movement which has been accused of attacking an epilepsy forum, when they could sign up for Amnesty or Avaaz.org instead?

So did Anonymous do it? No idea. It could be a sophisticated criminal hack, using the ongoing Anonymous operation as cover. It could also be an Anonymous-linked hacker, intending to disrupt (with a consequence being that data has been compromised), who for whatever reason, is keeping quiet about what he/she has done. Regardless it certainly doesn't look good for Sony for taking so long to reveal the extent of the attack and, judging by opinions in gamer forums, whether they are involved in this latest attack or not, Anonymous's credibility could also suffer.

Tags: digital activism,DDOS,Anonymous

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by: DZ Draggin from: South Carolina
April 27, 2011 14:23
Why isn't the government doing anything about these cyber terrorists? Someone should hack the hackers, publish their personal info all over the web. Anonymous is no different than who we're fighting in the middle east. Arrest them, and get them off the net!
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by: Stapleface from: Canada
April 27, 2011 15:13
"Anonymous is no different than who we're fighting in the middle east. Arrest them, and get them off the net! "

Really? And you are as clueless as your average AOL user.

So quick to opine, with little or no factual data to back up your stupid claims. Please go read about Anon, their actions and what they HAVE done, before you formulate an opinion. 85% of this piece is conjecture and speculation ... and not a very good one at that.

And to answer a question of "why would an activist want to be connected with a movement which has been accused of attaching an epilepsy forum"

Again, really? Boy you so called journalists sure are a lazy bunch ... It took me all of 2 seconds of searching, reading and digestion to find the following:

"the FBI said that it "found nothing to connect this group Anonymous (with these actions)," and that it also has "no reason to believe that these charges will be leveled against this group."

It must be nice to have a boogey man to point to anytime a hacker does something now. Activists are interested in Anonymous because they bring results. And if you are too stupid to see through all the BS that surrounds these issues, you just may be one of the many sheeple.
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by: anon from: none
April 27, 2011 20:05
nailed it
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by: superduperanonymous
May 04, 2011 21:04
"So quick to opine, with little or no factual data to back up your stupid claims. Please go read about Anon, their actions and what they HAVE done, before you formulate an opinion. 85% of this piece is conjecture and speculation ... and not a very good one at that."

95% of what you said is based off you hacker im so cool look what i can do ego. acting as if what ANON does is actually changing anything. creating a headache for companies doesnt change them or what they are doing. all it does is make the companies revamp their sites and add security. what did ANONYMOUS ever stop? or did they even change any companies or groups?

you say they bring results. what results?

people point the finger at ANONYMOUS because they want them to. this group of people gets a boner thinking they are doing such great things for the world. maybe if they got a boyfriend or girlfriend they wouldnt search the internet looking for something to stand by and defend. all they do is find something that has no importance on them or the world and make some bs reason why they should have been hacked to justify themselfs. so they feel like they changed something in the world :) :) :) yay you changed the world!!!!!

nothing changes, maybe if you got off your ass and did something real. like not hide behind some anonymous fake figure but actually stood for something and did something that was worth doing. you can have credibility and integrity by using your real identity and go after an issue that needs attention.
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by: Anonymous
April 27, 2011 15:25
Dude I 100% agree
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by: dave from: usa
April 27, 2011 17:51
Anonymous essentially is a non-group... unorganized.
Anonymous as a group is unable to lay claim to fame, or deny allegations to anything they are accused of.
Individuals who claim to be a part of the group may take or reject credit perhaps... although it seems the whole point of 'anonymous', is to remove anyone's ownership of anything, hence the name 'anonymous'... They a bunch of individuals who obviously don't believe in ownership. Fighting organizations who attempt to protect their property (like the Church of Scientology) and also taking no true ownership of their own actions, thus hiding behind the Anonymous blanket. They are hypocrites... "exposing" others while remaining hidden themselves.
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by: Anonymous
May 11, 2011 01:30
Clearly you're the one with the ego issues, Anonymous aren't a fad or something to follow as a hobby as you seem to think, nor are they something to worship, but they are the principle of standing up to people, and saying no we're not gonna let you take away something we have the right to see, like wiki leeks.

and while you're fulfilling your primal instincts of finding a mate or GF as you call it which BTW is amazing im proper impressed you have a real GF to boost your egotistically fat head on the net. There are people out there actually trying to make you're life better weather you notice or not, Its called actually giving a shit! Anonymous are from what I've seen a step in the right direction, something we should commend and support

And you want a result? your reading it
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by: Lynch from: CointelPro
April 27, 2011 17:11
Greetings fellow agents!
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by: White Hat Dude
April 27, 2011 19:25
First off, let's establish correct terminology. A "hacker" is someone who is essentially "white hat" (a good guy that uses his ability to help secure resources from potential attacks). I am proud to be one of the good guys and take a lot of pride in my ability to help companies and individuals protect themselves from malicious code and such illegal breaches. I am a hacker. Someone who has the same or similar ability and uses it illegally is called a "cracker" or "black hat". I believe that any group, regardless of name that cracks security protocols to harm or steal from an individual or company should be treated as a criminal. Although sometimes I envy their ability, their intentions discust me. I am not informed enough about this particular group to state an opinion about their intentions, I only wanted to maybe enighten one or 10 people (and the media) who think that we "hackers" are the bad guys. It's just not so....
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by: No one from: nowhere
May 07, 2011 03:50
Yes, not all hackers are bad, a lot of them have morals, and we frown upon those who do evil with their power. The "good guys" (not necessarily white hats, because white hats can also be defined as those who think they know how to hack, but have never tried it) just receive less publicity, because which journalist is going to write an article about how a hacker with morals saved a little girl's website from a fellow hacker?
I too, do not have enough information on these hackers at this time to form an opinion about them.
PS Alternate definitions-
hacker- one who has more knowledge about computers than the average person, therefore enabling them to deface/ enhance websites if they so choose
black hat- one who actively uses his or her hacking skills, whether for good or bad (as opposed to a white hat, who may have no experience at hacking a site
true hacker- a dying breed of hackers who hack only for good. They are often the tops of their classes, or are so bored by school that they don't care about their grades, just the fact that they know the material. Communities of true hackers, and true hackers in training (like me) can be found at <a href="http://www.hellboundhackers.org/> hellbound hackers </a>
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by: anonymous from: rio, brasil
April 27, 2011 23:34
tl;dr

Stupid human. You lost 150 years ago to the Union. Sanford was easy to neuter.

We are closer than you think.

Anonymous is devoid of humanity, morality, pity, and mercy.
Anonymous works as one, because none of us are as cruel as all of us.
Anonymous cannot be harmed, no matter how many Anonymous may fall in battle.
Anonymous doesn't fall in battle, anyway.
Anonymous only undertakes Serious Business.
Anonymous is everywhere.
Anonymous cannot be out-numbered.
Anonymous is a hydra, constantly moving, constantly changing. Remove one head, and ten replace it.
Anonymous reinforces its ranks exponentially at need.
Anonymous has no weakness or flaw.
Anonymous exploits all weaknesses and flaws.
Anonymous doesn't have a family or friends.
Anonymous is your family and friends.
Anonymous is not your friend.
Anonymous is not your personal army.
Anonymous is in control at all times.
Anonymous does not accept failure, Anonymous delivers.
Anonymous has no identity.
Anonymous cannot be betrayed.
Anonymous does it for the lulz.
Anonymous is humanity.
Anonymous are created as equals.
Anonymous is a choice.
Anonymous is a unstoppable force.
Anonymous obeys the Code.
Anonymous is Legion.
Anonymous does not forgive.
Anonymous does not forget.
Expect us.
We love you.
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by: Accelerator from: ghtajtjtjjta
May 05, 2011 23:52
Bullshit I blow up Earth and the weak little anons are as good as dead. Your all delusional, it doesnt even need to go to that point. It just takes a single little post on the internet that threatens the anon's safety or identity and he/ or/she is long past defeated. How pitiful.
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by: john from: mass
May 10, 2011 07:39
u guys suck if u hack hack playstation network back online
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by: BK from: here
April 28, 2011 04:32
Because they can't DZ Draggin. There is absolutely nothing they can do aside from shut down the entire Internet. And of course they can't do that since that would cripple their own economy. Huge corporations are just going to have to live with the idea that the little guy can now give them big problems if they overuse their power to crush innocents like Sony does.
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by: Anonymous lead3r#1 from: England
May 05, 2011 03:32
We are anonymous we will not stand for what Sony has done we will keep on hacking you Sony until you give us what we ask for we will not get taken down by the government we will not get hacked we will hack u. Remember us Sony psn will get shut down. Eventually the last gaming source left will be xbox live we don't like you Sony we are anonymous fear us THIS IS A THREAT. Transmission out.
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by: Sam from: UK
May 11, 2011 01:06
Typical brainwashed fool!
The government doesn't care about you! They've already brainwashed you against them with the word "terrorist"

It says nothing about any information being published on the web, so wheres that come from?

Get the word "terrorist" out of your head! Its used to separate us, control us and make rely on a government that sees us only as pawns its like the adult version of boogy man

Why is there even a war in the middle east? surely putting your military in another country doesn't make terrorism stop, It can only escalate It makes no sense If you have some degree of reason then reconsider your disposition with the government or any other high powers. The declaration isn't there any more, we have only each other and can only trust each other as we all see and experience the hardships the government does not.

Members of Anonymous actually have good intentions, and they'd never exploit you unlike your beloved government thats robbing more money off you than you can deal with.

by: Anonymous
April 27, 2011 14:50
i think if they did do it then they maid there point and im still notp playing my game stupid hakers.......i want my game back im going threw with draws LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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by: Anonymous from: Internet
April 27, 2011 20:08
Perhaps you should stop playing and learn to speak proper english?
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by: Anonymous
April 27, 2011 20:32
This is the internet. Not a school.
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by: Anonymous
April 28, 2011 04:25
"I think if they did do it, then they have made their point. I'm still not playing my game because of these stupid hackers. I want my games back, I'm going through withdrawals." LOL!....This is the internet and not a school, but this wasn't that complex of a sentence.

by: Dudeee from: brazil
April 27, 2011 14:55
Hackers should be shot in the back oh the head. The end.
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by: lolwut from: internet
April 27, 2011 16:33
Yor don't even know what a hacker is. Hackers built the internet, and they keep it running. Hackers also build and maintain the protection software in use and the patches against security exploits, as well as informing the public about new exploits discovered. Perhaps it's idiots who believe the media portrayal of "hackers" are evil" and never bother to inform themselves of what a hacker even is who should be shot in the head.
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by: danR from: Canada
April 27, 2011 17:19
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Shoot a Chinese hacker, and Beijing will track you down.
.
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by: a hellbound hacker from: H***
May 07, 2011 03:55
Dudee, not all hackers are bad. While there are bad hackers out there, there are good hackers, those that, as lolwut said, help keep the internet running. Google employs countless hackers each year to perform penetration tests. With out these good, moral hackers, the internet would be dominated by the unethical hackers who hack because they want to see a website die.

by: Anon
April 27, 2011 15:10
LONG LIVE ANONYMOUS
I HOPE THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS.
/B/ FOR LIFE
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by: Anonymous
April 27, 2011 17:45
Dude, shut up. Remember the rules.
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by: Anonymous
April 27, 2011 20:34
YOU'RE BREAKING THE RULES.
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by: Anonymous
April 27, 2011 20:41
I could see Anon DDoSing the PSN, but I can't picture them stealing millions of credit card numbers. They do have a reason for enacting revenge on Sony, but I just don't see them trying to ruin the lives of millions. Might these attacks be from separate sources?
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by: BK from: here
April 28, 2011 04:37
It would be a pretty ripe opportunity for someone else to jump in and have something else blamed for their actions. However, as far as I know (working at Amex myself) they didn't compromise any credit card numbers this time. Of course that could turn out to be incorrect. I personally think very poorly of Sony considering they had such ample warning that they were being targeted and were still so utterly ruined by it. Other organizations that were hit by Anonymous didn't flounder nearly so much.
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by: Yep. from: Yep.
April 27, 2011 22:03
Some kinda epic fail right there ^
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by: somebody from: earth
April 28, 2011 00:36
HELL YA!!!!!
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by: Anonymous
April 28, 2011 01:30
Rules 1 & 2. All I'm gonna say.
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by: Anon from: Anon
April 28, 2011 13:55
What the hell is /B/?

by: Michael from: Forest hill
April 27, 2011 16:32
I h8 hackers i really do evryday i cme home frm skool hoping psn will work but it just gives me tht fkin error code or playstation network is undergoing maintennance rumors saying tht it is bk on monday n apparently its microsoft/xbox 360 players tht hacked sony but anyways anynonymous wateva u spell it r lame n immature but plz bring playstation network BACK A.S.A.P !!!!!!
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by: Femanonymous from: The Internet
April 27, 2011 19:53
Did you even read the article? Wait, why am I even asking. From the look of your post you can't read.
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by: anonymous from: laughing on the floot
April 27, 2011 23:47
Srsly?

Anonymous is devoid of humanity, morality, pity, and mercy.
Anonymous works as one, because none of us are as cruel as all of us.
Anonymous cannot be harmed, no matter how many Anonymous may fall in battle.
Anonymous doesn't fall in battle, anyway.
Anonymous only undertakes Serious Business. KID GAMEZ ARE NOT SERIOUS BUSINESS
Anonymous is everywhere.
Anonymous cannot be out-numbered.
Anonymous is a hydra, constantly moving, constantly changing. Remove one head, and ten replace it.
Anonymous reinforces its ranks exponentially at need.
Anonymous has no weakness or flaw.
Anonymous exploits all weaknesses and flaws.
Anonymous doesn't have a family or friends.
Anonymous is your family and friends.
Anonymous is not your friend.
Anonymous is not your personal army.
Anonymous is in control at all times.
Anonymous does not accept failure, Anonymous delivers.
Anonymous has no identity.
Anonymous cannot be betrayed.
Anonymous does it for the lulz.
Anonymous is humanity.
Anonymous are created as equals.
Anonymous is a choice.
Anonymous is a unstoppable force.
Anonymous obeys the Code.
Anonymous is Legion.
Anonymous does not forgive.
Anonymous does not forget.
Expect us.
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by: dudee from: brazil
April 28, 2011 20:41
These "anonymous" guys are no different than the bunch of kids who dress up like vampires and think they´re soooo cool. Bunch of nerds whose only way to accomplish anything in life is by invading peoples computers and stuff. WoW !! congratulatios!! OHH and the dumbass code they have: "Anonymous this... Anonymous that... Anonymous have small penises... blah blah blah ... " give me a break!!!!!! I hate it when people try to deffend these douches!!!! Like some retard was trying to tell me the other day "hackers built the internet" ...OMFG!!!!! I still stand by my opinion: hackers should be shot in the back of the head with a 12gauge shotgun. The end.
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by: Anon from: Anywhere, anytime
May 03, 2011 12:44
@dudee from: brazil

Everyone is anonymous at sometime in their lives. So you’re pretty much picking a fight with yourself. If you don’t want to be anonymous, here is what you should do: Always reveal who you are; Always leave your name when you act upon something or have something to say.
Anonymous is not a group. Anonymous is Legion

by: Joe Schmoe from: Illinois
April 27, 2011 16:45
I personally don't care if Anonymous hacked PSN or not. I never put any of my personal information into my PS3 when creating my online account. Its real easy to use a fake name and free email address when creating an account. I feel sorry for those who did.

I'm just an average Joe who works hard for his money and leads a pretty simple life. My only joy after a hard days work is hooking up with the few friend I have and smashing Zombies on Black Ops. Now I can't even do that. Thanks.

Quick note to all the would be Hackers out there. Get a job, move out of Moms basement, get a girlfriend, and grow up. Bet it makes you feel real big knowing you stopped millions of kids/people from playing their games. Then to hide behind masks like cowards. Freaking pu$$y's...
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by: Sorny from: USA
April 27, 2011 19:29
Hey Joe Shmoe this is Sony's fault for a number of reasons. Direct your zombie smashing accordingly. Your PS3 has a cold. A bad one. It's immune system broke down.
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by: Joe Schmoe from: Illinois
April 28, 2011 13:27
I understand. I wish Sony the best of luck in fixing this "cold". Even if it takes another month. I will feel better knowing we are more protected. Its just frustrating. I had nothing to do with any of this. It just feels like we are paying the price for it...
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by: Joe the Plumber from: Illinois
April 27, 2011 19:44
I don't think they did it in spite of any of the users. I believe they did it because Sony is suing an individual for modding his own console. If I buy a computer and I want to change something to it, Dell should not be allowed to take me to court over it. These 'hackers' are some of the few who are fighting for our rights, god forbid you whining ninnies have to wait a few days to play video games again. Go outside get out of the basement, plant a garden, do something with your life, Joe.
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by: common sense from: reality
April 28, 2011 03:40
Actually u r wrong. When u buy hardware like a car, a toaster or something like that you can spray paint it and smash it if that's what u want to do with it. But the ps3 has an operating system and when u use it and update it u agree to terms and conditions of such. Just like MS Windows, when u go to the store and buy windows 7 u don't own it, you have purchased a license to use the software and buy installing and activating it you agree to terms and conditions. If you buy a product only to try and turn it into something else thats fine as long as it doesn't violate license agreement. The sole purpose of hacking ps3 is to try and get something for free like ripping games. Sony has every right to go after these guys. I will use my system as it was intended, I don't make annoying modded lobbies or cheat or try and steal games. It's a great product and should be used like its supposed to be. If everyone did that we wouldn't have this problem.
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by: Joe Schmoe from: Illinois
April 28, 2011 13:18
I will admit to whining, (a little). As for the basement comment? I OWN my house. No need to be in my basement. Only used for storage or tornado. Garden IS planted and doing well, thank you. I also feel I should be able to do whatever I want to my Playstation. But, its what I do "after" I alter my PS3 that makes it right or wrong. GeoHOT was looking for a way to "cheat" the system. Your telling me that's ok? We should all have to play by the rules...

by: Gameractivist
April 27, 2011 17:37
I can't believe Sony let these anoying spoiled brat hackers who most likely got bullied all thier life in and out of school, hack the network. This does not help gamers at all the hackers who did it are selfish nerds who need to get a life and go lose your virginity bfore your ass gets hauled into jail. Why don't they go hack Microsoft for charging users to play online leave the psn alone you want to pirate games and mod your system do it on the xbox, I just want to play my ps without all the bs!
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by: Anon
April 27, 2011 22:04
You speak of anonymous as you speak of yourself. While many members of anonymous have probably lost their virginity, you most likely have not. Much like the appreciation of the outdoors that many Anons have received. Please, go outside, call your friends, and do something useful with your life besides bashing on groups you don't even know about. The manual crashing of Sony servers would only be possible with thousands of Anons participating. This means that if Anonymous had, indeed, crashed their servers, there was damn good reason for it.
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by: Xboxsucksballs from: internet
April 28, 2011 07:26
Why dont you just hack xbox playstation is to good hack xbox anon and show them what ur made of.
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by: Anon
April 28, 2011 15:24
@Xboxsucksballs
Go away please. /b/ is not your personal army. Read the article (although it is mostly b.s.) and you'll understand why/if /b/ had a reason to hack PSN.
Don't bother trying to tell us what to do.
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by: more anonymous than ANON
May 04, 2011 21:22
yes ANON is so right read the article. just read it and listen to me. i am an expert in everything. we can all group together to take over the world. i am personally a super undercover secret agent that works for anonymous. i have VIP access to super duper anonymous things that you guys wouldnt even understand. ANON is right we have gotten laid. my hand DOES count. we are tied to 4Chan, they are known for porn and anime. so with porn and anime i have had sex approximately 234322342223 times in the last two months. plus us hackers are so cool. one time i stole an email from somebody and once i used a proxy site. watch out ANONYMOUS is coming to take over the WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! me and ANON are gonna take it over with our computers.
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by: Anonymous
May 05, 2011 12:04
there is never a reason for committing acrime
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by: No one from: N0wh3r3
May 07, 2011 04:06
Excuse me. Annoying spoiled brats? To me, it's you, the football players, the cheerleaders, the popular, who are annoying spoiled brats, who show up at school with a three hundred dollar necklace. And we do have lives. We just choose to live as the counterculture (do some research, US in the 1960's, counterculture) instead of the accepted culture. We hackers (I'm talking about the ones with morals here) ARE bullied all our lives, for being smart, and for having spare time to do things such as learn the inner workings of the internet while you popular people are doing your math homework.

by: Anon
April 27, 2011 19:10
I highly suggest you guys read the article and watch the video before posting a comment about how microsoft was responsible.
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by: Achetype from: Under Your Floorboards
April 28, 2011 03:53
I agree, It is very wise for people to read the article and do their research before making invalid remarks about Anonymous, and "Hackers" like a previous comment stated,

"First off, let's establish correct terminology. A "hacker" is someone who is essentially "white hat" (a good guy that uses his ability to help secure resources from potential attacks). I am proud to be one of the good guys and take a lot of pride in my ability to help companies and individuals protect themselves from malicious code and such illegal breaches. I am a hacker. Someone who has the same or similar ability and uses it illegally is called a "cracker" or "black hat". I believe that any group, regardless of name that cracks security protocols to harm or steal from an individual or company should be treated as a criminal. Although sometimes I envy their ability, their intentions discust me. I am not informed enough about this particular group to state an opinion about their intentions, I only wanted to maybe enighten one or 10 people (and the media) who think that we "hackers" are the bad guys. It's just not so...."

I suggest the people that read this article do their research before commenting. They are not spoiled, they are not virgins, and most of all, they are not incompetent.

Basements, Bedrooms, wherever they are, don't be scared. Unless you should be.


Instead of threatening, people

by: Harold Saxon from: Gallifrey
April 27, 2011 19:24
Joe Schmoe is just jelly that someone is smarter than him enjoys waking up and being alive more than he does. Maybe if you had a richer inner life and more immagination and ability to be interested in more than just shooting pixels, you'd have more options, more freedom, more peace.

Work smarter, not harder ~ Scrooge McDuck
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by: Joe Shmoe from: Illinois
April 28, 2011 14:12
Oh man, where do I start? We should ALL be jealous then. I didn't realize you were the smartest person in the world. Unless your Stephen Hawking or Michio Kaku, there is always someone smarter. So, jelly, I am not.

I should wake up and feel alive knowing I will use my geek computer skills to wreck someones life or hard work? Let me tell you a little about MY life. Im 37 years old, wife, two great kids. I work 10+ hours a freaking day. I own my house. Procharged Mustang. 2 PS3's and stacks of games. I have a great life, love it and all who are in it. Trust me, if I didn't love my life, I wouldn't be alive.

My point is, whoever hacked PSN, they were not speaking on behalf of me. I was happy the way things were. And can't wait till they are back to normal. I get less than two lousy hours of game time a day. Little more on the weekends (if wife allows it). I say, mind your own business and let me vent my frustration. Just like 300 million other innocent gamers want to do.

And all this coming from a guy who signs his name as Scrooge McDuck. So lame.
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by: badwolf
May 03, 2011 13:53
It's the Master!

by: Anonymous
April 27, 2011 19:33
"n terms of responsibility and credibility, why would an activist want to be connected with a movement which has been accused of attacking an epilepsy forum, when they could sign up for Amnesty or Avaaz.org instead? "

This is misleading, they attacked a site that people went to thinking it was an epilectic charity foundation, only to be assaulted with bright flashing lights; leaving several visitors with seizures and migraines.

Anonymous did the world a favor.
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by: Anonymous
April 27, 2011 20:43
I was under the opinion that they were framed in that specific attack.
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