Anonymous Operations began DDoS attacks against Sony, in response to Sony’s legal campaign against famed hacker Geohot. Sony is also seemingly going after anyone who so much as watched a YouTube video on how to hack the PS3.

Earlier, both Sony.com and Playstation.com were down, although both sites seem to be up and running again.

Anonymous uses a simple application known as Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) to launch DDoS attacks. The tool basically lets users choose their target, then launches it at the touch of a button.

For those who aren’t familiar with tech jargon, a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack, overloads websites with visitors. Basically, if a website gets too many visitors at once it will start denying people entry. DDoS attacks typically need small bytes from thousands (or millions) of computers to be effective.

Below is the Anonymous Operations image announcing #opsony. The full text of their statement is posted below the image.

Dear Greedy SONY,

Congratulations! You are now receiving the attention of Anonymous. Your recent legal actions against fellow internet citizens, GeoHot and Graf_Chokolo have been deemed an unforgivable offense against free speech and internet freedom, primary sources of free lulz (and you know how we feel about lulz.)

You have abused the judicial system in an attempt to censor information about how your products work. You have victimized your own customers merely for possessing and sharing information, and continue to target those who seek this information. In doing so you have violated the privacy of thousands of innocent people who only sought the free distribution of information. Your suppression of this information is motivated by corporate greed and the desire for complete control over the actions of individuals who purchase and use your products, at least when those actions threaten to undermine the corrupt stranglehold you seek to maintain over copywrong, oops, “copyright”.

Your corrupt business practices are indicative of a corporate philosophy that would deny consumers the right to use products they have paid for, and rightfully own, in the manner of their choosing. Perhaps you should alert your customers to the fact that they are apparently only renting your products? In light of this assault on both rights and free expression, Anonymous, the notoriously handsome rulers of the internet, would like to inform you that you have only been “renting” your web domains. Having trodden upon Anonymous’ rights, you must now be trodden on.

If you disagree with the disciplinary actions against your private parts domains, then we trust you can also understand our motivations for these actions. You own your domains. You paid for them with your own money. Now Anonymous is attacking your private property because we disagree with your actions. And that seems, dare we say it, “wrong.” Sound familiar?

Let Anonymous teach you a few important lessons that your mother forgot:

1. Don’t do it to someone else if you don’t want it to be done to you.

2. Information is free.

3. We own this. Forever.

As for the “judges” and complicit legal entities who have enabled these cowards: You are no better than SONY itself in our eyes and remain guilty of undermining the well-being of the populace and subverting your judicial mandate.

We are Anonymous.

We are Legion.

We do not Forgive.

We do not Forget.

Expect us.

 

Photo credits: Anonymous Operations


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