Coming to a store near you, Anonymous continues Sony attack

Following on from last weeks news, the hacktivist group Anonymous has now decided to protest against Sony in a different way - by staging 24 hour in-store protests at numerous Sony stores around the globe.  The widely known group started its campaign in retaliation for the company's legal pursuit of two PlayStation 3 hackers, in a message to Sony the group said "you now have now received the undivided attention of Anonymous. Your recent legal action against our follow hackers, Geohot and Graf_Chokolo, has not only alarmed us, it has been deemed wholly unforgivable."

Information about the in-store protest first appeared on a Facebook page under the name 'Operation Sony' from a user calling himself 'John Smith'. The date planned for the protest is April 16 starting from midnight until the same time on the following day, so far over 1,100 people claim they will attend. The page also lists information about different Sony stores and ask for help from users, "IMPORTANT, need any websites with Sony Outlet locations in any and all locations not listed," however there remains one important question, as one user asks, "What exactly are people going to do at Sony stores?"

Last Monday the group managed to take down the PlayStation Network (PSN) for most of the day after Anonymous launched a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, but after complaints from users of the network the hacktavists set their sights on the Sony Career page instead. According to the AnonNews, Anonymous claim the attacks will continue to "campaign against Sony and others that would trample on the idea of free information," until they are "satisfied with the outcome."

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An anonymous pimbo will eventually get caught, another one will be looking for donations to hire layers and the whole thing will go down in flames.

"Last Monday the group managed to take down the PlayStation Network (PSN) for most of the day after Anonymous launched a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, but after complaints from users of the network the hacktavists set their sights on the Sony Career page instead."

Career page... hahaha. Now they mess with people looking for a job.

I would think taking down the Sony online store site would be the most damaging. Wonder why they didn't go after it, ...unless it's too large of a target for them.

The only field anonymous is really powerful in is online. Whilst these protests are a good thought it is likely to fail.

bluej21 said,
My question: how does one remain "Anonymous" while putting one's face into a public protest?

Masks bro... come on now.

So this are hackers, that will switch from cyber attacks and hacking to hand made signs protest? so what's next if it doesn't work (and it won't), a riot with pitchforks and torches?

Meconio said,
So this are hackers, that will switch from cyber attacks and hacking to hand made signs protest? so what's next if it doesn't work (and it won't), a riot with pitchforks and torches?

I'd guess back to hacking. Back when they were targeting Scientology, they had very similar strategies, there just wasn't any public outcry about the hacking parts.

Meconio said,
So this are hackers, that will switch from cyber attacks and hacking to hand made signs protest? so what's next if it doesn't work (and it won't), a riot with pitchforks and torches?

No. Then they go back to their mother's basement and wait for her to call them for lunch. Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches, injustices of the world and the pending apocalypse can wait!

bradsday said,

No. Then they go back to their mother's basement and wait for her to call them for lunch. Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches, injustices of the world and the pending apocalypse can wait!

Meh....

Ruran said,
I have a feeling one day they will, in their mob mentality, take things a little too far and things will go very, very badly.

I agree, and I can't wait to be honest. I'm looking forward to reading the news headline, "Members of 'Anonymous' arrested..." I think I'll save it for posterity when the day comes.

As much as I usually support Anonymous, this is a bit ridiculous. Sony is trying to stop console piracy, they aren't really doing anything wrong.

I would say they are. Suing security experts is stupid, they should be hiring these people. Instead they are scaring people away from helping them. They don't gain anything from this, especially if they lose in court.

DPyro said,
I would say they are. Suing security experts is stupid, they should be hiring these people.

Yeah, hiring criminals sounds like a great plan.

Ambroos said,
As much as I usually support Anonymous, this is a bit ridiculous. Sony is trying to stop console piracy, they aren't really doing anything wrong.

While I'm not the biggest fan of Anonymous, (hacking servers doesn't solve anything,) they're not just making piracy impossible - they're making any sort of modding impossible altogether, something the latest revisions to the DMCA exempts.

Skyfrog said,

Yeah, hiring criminals sounds like a great plan.

Other than the DOS attacks the modding of the PS3 or any actual device you own is not technically illegal. There is currently no law that specifically states a customer cannot mod or change a device they bought with their own hard earned cash. Yes the mods can be used for piracy, but there are people that use those mods in different ways. Such as making a back up disk of a game and using it instead of the original, you have to mod to be able to use your own backups ect.

Kutster said,
Other than the DOS attacks the modding of the PS3 or any actual device you own is not technically illegal. There is currently no law that specifically states a customer cannot mod or change a device they bought with their own hard earned cash. Yes the mods can be used for piracy, but there are people that use those mods in different ways. Such as making a back up disk of a game and using it instead of the original, you have to mod to be able to use your own backups ect.

Modding the PS3 is fine. Releasing modifications that enable you to pirate games is not fine. Big difference.

DPyro said,
I would say they are. Suing security experts is stupid, they should be hiring these people. Instead they are scaring people away from helping them. They don't gain anything from this, especially if they lose in court.

Hire security experts sure why not. Hire security experts who release info about your product online for others to tinker around and mess with your business and people who use your product sure why...HELL NO

I used to do these stuff at 4chan but I've realized they are pointless ever since. They aren't going to achieve anything.

phunkymunky said,
are they going start rolling giant balls into store fronts?

on another note, what's a Distritubed Denial of Service?

It simply means that you're being attacked from multiple sources, almost all DoS attacks are actually technically DDoS attacks

Subject Delta said,

It simply means that you're being attacked from multiple sources, almost all DoS attacks are actually technically DDoS attacks

thought that was a distributed denial of service attack...

phunkymunky said,

thought that was a distributed denial of service attack...

There's a report button for things like this. It stops you looking like a dick when replying...

Webworldx said,

There's a report button for things like this. It stops you looking like a dick when replying...

apologies for having a laugh, i thought it was funny. no need to throw insults around...

Sony wont listen until people dont buy products and media from all of Sony's companies. Just one day of zero sales will get their attention.

Radicalism != something that people support.


It is pointless, the real world is far far far different to what online community thinks. How are they going to get their point across? The moment they mention "hacker", no one will sympathise with them, it is likely they will be seen as thugs or low lives. They probably aren't articulate enough to do anything that actually damage their "cause".

Being a nuisance won't damage Sony. The likely demographic of the protesters won't help. Is not as though is a kind old grandmother being exploited, it is likely be people who spend more time brushing their teeth than spend time outside.

There is no hope for a group that couldn't workout with their collective brain cells that attacking the PSN would pi55 people off !

trag3dy said,
Holding a protest on private property? I'm not sure if they're thinking that one through all the way.
They can protest on the sidewalk outside the store, that is perfectly legal, at least in the USA.

Kutster said,
They can protest on the sidewalk outside the store, that is perfectly legal, at least in the USA.

But the article says "in-store" protests. Anyways, even if they do side-walk protests aren't most Sony stores in malls? The only one I've ever been to or know of was inside a mall.

trag3dy said,
Holding a protest on private property? I'm not sure if they're thinking that one through all the way.

Can they be inside the store and simply walk around "looking" at Sony products?

hondaa said,

Can they be inside the store and simply walk around "looking" at Sony products?

But the stores close.. probably around 8 or 9pm. They are wanting their protest to start at MIDNIGHT?!

Like I said, I really really don't think they thought this through. And even if they are protesting from the sidewalk, who is out and about at Midnight shopping for Sony products? No one, that's who.

trag3dy said,
Holding a protest on private property? I'm not sure if they're thinking that one through all the way.

Nothing to stop them picketing the stores, I believe that is legal here in the UK.

Kutster said,
They can protest on the sidewalk outside the store, that is perfectly legal, at least in the USA.

Unlikely, most sidewalks unless they are off the main street are still private. All the sony service locations here are located on Mall type properties so they are still private. Then you have to deal with disruptions of traffic and such so there are ways to remove them if it falls in certain guidelines. I wish they would go after the RIAA and MPAA more though.

sava700 said,
Unlikely, most sidewalks unless they are off the main street are still private. All the sony service locations here are located on Mall type properties so they are still private. Then you have to deal with disruptions of traffic and such so there are ways to remove them if it falls in certain guidelines. I wish they would go after the RIAA and MPAA more though.

If it's anything like the Scientology protests, they'll probably just find a spot where you need to walk through in order to reach the store, then inform people about what's going on, it was surprisingly effective back in the day judging from the Youtube videos.