Anonymous Moves from Sony DDoS to Anti-Sony Facebook Event - HotHardware
Anonymous Moves from Sony DDoS to Anti-Sony Facebook Event

Anonymous Moves from Sony DDoS to Anti-Sony Facebook Event

Rather than taking action against Sony that could affect end users, Anonymous is planning a public event that will target Sony stores in a 24-hour, in-store boycott around world on Saturday, April 16. The public Facebook event has more than 1,100 RSVPs at the time of this writing.

The event is called Operation Sony and will begin at 12:00 AM April 16 and run until 12 AM April 17.

On Monday, April 4, Anonymous launched a DDoS attack on Sony, rendering the PlayStation Network (PSN) inaccessible for much of the day. At the same time, an Anonymous offshoot group which called itself "SonyRecon" targeted individual Sony employees.

However, end users complained that the attack on PSN was hurting gamers, who Anonymous was really trying to support. Thus, Anonymous ended the PSN attack, instead taking down the Sony Careers page.

All of Anonymous actions are directed at Sony over jailbreaking the PS3. Anonymous said:
During the last few days, Anonymous has been targeting Sony for their outrageous treatment of not only PS3 users and jailbreakers, but also of the general public. Their propaganda regarding jailbreaking implies that it encourages piracy and thereby makes people lose their jobs, whereas jailbreaking actually just means you are making YOUR device do what it should do. Imagine if Microsoft forced you to use Internet Explorer instead of Firefox or Chrome. Imagine if they denied users from using any other web browser than their own. Many people would obviously be pissed... but then, why aren't you pissed at Sony?
None of the arguments over jailbreaking the PS3 differ much, if at all, from those given for jailbreaking the iPhone, which was made legal in 2010 by a DMCA exemption.

In January, Sony sued 23-year-old George Hotz (AKA "Geohot") for exposing the root key to the PS3, allowing jailbreaking of the game console. Among the results of a jailbroken PS3 is the ability to develop and play homebrew games. However, it also allows the playing of pirated games.

The Geohot saga is well documented. Among the "wins" for Sony so far in the case is the ability for the company to subpoena for IP addresses from Google, Twitter, and YouTube, meaning that if you spent any time looking at information related to the jailbreak, even if just out of curiousity or investigating the matter, your could have your IP address revealed.

Anonymous "reads" its blog post regarding its latest Sony actions in the YouTube video below.

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I highly doubt sony really cares about his protest...

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Let's hope the precedence of the iPhone jailbreak will be good for the PS3 jailbreak. People should be able to do whatever they like with the devices they buy, but expect no support from the companies when they break them.

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....love anonymous.***

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bunch of weak homo's with no hook game. You want to hurt Sony don't buy a PS3, they ruin my gaming fun sitting on there ghey ass behind a computer.. drink some milk and get some real fight game.. until then piss on anonymous

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I've been following HH for years using RSS but never sign up.

And I purposely sign up today just to protest against this.

I'm not a market analyst, but some say it's not gonna be a big deal, tho in history I've seen these kind of boycott do affect the targeted company.

Yes, I work with Sony. A low level TV software engineer with just barely $1k salary to feed my family.

These guys are angry with the PS3 jailbreak stuff but wanna go full force with the whole company?

If their market do get affected, whose gonna get kicked first? Low level engineers and factory operators.

Looks like Anonymous care *** about others, whatever he's doing he's gonna hurt other people.

I don't know what really happening up there (management), and I'm just here sitting reading design spec request and work on the coding at my desk for 8 hours trying to do my best to get better and gain better for my family and Anonymous just wanna ruin everything?!!

"People should be able to do whatever they like with the devices they buy"

Even I can't get access to sensitive codes in the Sony TV software that I work for.

If you wanna do anything with your device, go ahead but keep it with you. Don't spread it around when you know that it will someday hit the legal/license issue and then pissed you off and lead to these kinda nonsense which directly hurt others.

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Im sorry to hear that fiddlesticks, but thats like saying Sony shouldn't be held responsible for their attempts at manipulation and interfering with a buyer's right.

Unfairness, or Corruption should be brought to justice, and it may impact the innocent like you in some way or another but honestly this particular instance shouldn't get to that scale

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NO I don't think this will hurt SONY in any reason but the one of public relations, which is what Anonymous is aiming for. Did this not all start when people wanted to run Linux on there Playstation? How does that hurt Sony in any way, if you look at it it would seem more would buy a Playstation as a mini computer. If I could run Linux on my Playstation, and I could upgrade the hard drive my self which we know can be done with no consequence other than a larger hard drive. Yes it may or may not void the warranty if you sent it into Sony for Warranted service minus the original hard drive, but that would be your stupidity. Anyway I fully support this as it obviously affects the companies image in a PR way.

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Just to let you know

"Sony is glad to put this litigation behind us. Our motivation for bringing this litigation was to protect our intellectual property and our consumers. We believe this settlement and the permanent injunction achieve this goal.


We want our consumers to be able to enjoy our devices and products in a safe and fun environment and we want to protect the hard work of the talented engineers, artists, musicians and game designers who make PlayStation games and support the PlayStation Network. We appreciate Mr. Hotz’s willingness to address the legal issues involved in this case and work with us to quickly bring this matter to an early resolution."

SO it seems Anonymous may have won this round!

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