Sony to be hit by third ‘hacktivist’ attack

Kevin Rawlinson

A third cyber attack on the beleaguered technology company Sony is imminent, reports suggest.

Anonymous Operations, which released a statement on behalf of the Anonymous group of “hacktivists” denying responsibility for the first two attacks, said that evidence had been submitted to blog The Hacker News, suggesting that a renewed assault is planned.

The Hackers News blog claimed today that an email sent to it contained links “from Sony FTP, that may lead to another big HIT to sony’s Network”. The post continued: “That mail shows that some more hackers are planning to give 3RD big HIT to sony soon…. Have a Look to these links.” [sic]

Anonymous, the mysterious network of hackers, had been blamed by some for the first two attacks on Sony which saw around 70 million PlayStation Network users’ personal details leaked. The company’s databases were hacked twice in April and credit cards, addresses and login details of millions of users were stolen. It has since been reported that the company had found a file in Anonymous’ name on its servers but Sony refrained from directly accusing the Internet vigilantes of carrying out the attack.

And a statement released on Thursday afternoon by people claiming to represent the group denied responsibility. It read: “we didn’t do it as we will never hurt the innocent (public) in anyway and we haven’t done so with any of our operations till date. Let it be know that Anonymous Operations : Operation Payback is not responsible for the data breach of Sony and their servers”. [sic]

The spokesman also claimed that there was evidence suggesting the perpetrator was a lone hacker not linked to Anonymous. Confusingly, though, the statement goes on to say that “anyone can be Anonymous, he claimed to be anonymous and carried out his business in the name of anonymous. So since he did it without our knowledge, we couldn’t do anything about it”.

It is unclear what form the attack may take or whether it has already been carried out undetected.

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  • Julian Miesbauer

    Anonymous didn’t approve of any attack, we don’t keep our information hidden from you; if you don’t believe us: Theres our site, try to find a sony related thing that proves we hacked it, because you won’t. We are here to protect the rights of people and it is our sole duty.

  • Medek-Medekai

    Hit them hard Anon. Kick’em when they’re down. They’d do the same to you in a heartbeat. In fact, they tried with GeoHot. We know how that worked out. Godspeed on the next op.
    -The Kai

  • analiensaturn

    I saw the setup hack to pin a theft on anon, I believe Sony instigated it. As if they would have accidentally dropped a ID.How convenient.Almost as dumb as Obama’s various stories about Bin laden.

  • JaitcH

    Sony is completely responsible for it’s misfortunes.

    It defrauded Play Station owners by ‘upgrading’ the OS to prevent it being used for alternate OS purposes.

    First Sony harassed George Holtz legally for revealing how eak it’s OS was.

    Then Anonymous protested about this in their own unique way. Yet others, unsatisfied with Sony America’s response then attacked their servers.

    This could only be achieved because Sony was lax in it’s server maintenance and blaming Anonymous doesn’t detract from Sony’s incompetence.

    Then Sony disclosed ‘old’ credit card data had been hacked – real good security Sony – kept in unencrypted files.

    Sony deserves the blame heaped on it and the mealy mouthed words from it’s senior management won’t hide the fact SONY IS, ALONE, RESPONSIBLE FOR IT’S SECURITY OR LACK THEREOF.

    Go buy a Nintendo – at least they are technically competent.

  • jillknight1

    Furthermore, Sony did NOT have the legal right to remove Linux functionality from systems which were previously sold with the “OtherOS” feature advertised – what they did is tantamount to “bait and switch,” and that *is* a criminal offense in all 50 US States, and probably Japan as well. They aren’t being prosecuted for it because they are a Corporation, and since the SCOTUS has ruled that Corporations can make political donations in any (unlimited) amount, no politician in the country is going to stand up to a Corporation, because he’d lose his job for sure at the next election.

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