Yesterday, Sony PlayStation suffered from technical errors causing sporadic down time for users attempting to access the website. Or so the manufacture would like you to believe. In response to growing legal action against George “GeoHot” Hotz — the man who jail broke the console in January — the site is actually the target of a group of individuals called Anonymous or Anon. Anonymous chose to engage in digital warfare against Sony after the company started hunting down individuals for “possessing and sharing information, and continue to target those who seek this information.”
Back in August, we published a piece that showed a user bypassing the PlayStation 3’s security protocols allowing him to play InFamous from a USB flash drive. The implication being that the seemingly impenetrable console would soon be jail broken. On January 6, 2011, GeoHot — already famous for unlocking the iPhone — created his own video of the system running homebrew applications on custom firmware v3.55 without the need of any accessories. The PlayStation 3 was officially unlocked. Sony was not amused and started an onslaught of legal actions against GeoHot and other hackers in an attempt to shut the project down.
However, Anonymous — a group of internet programmers or terrorists (depending on who you ask) — believes people who purchase a PlayStation 3 have the right to use the device anyway they see fit including modifying the operating system. The group argues that Sony’s legal action against GeoHot and Alexander is “an unforgivable offense against free speech.” They will do everything in their power to remind Sony that “information is free.” Thus, Operation Payback has begun to roll out with continued distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) on the PlayStation website. These attacks flood the upload and download services of a website making it completely inaccessible. Anonymous believes if Sony chooses to prevent the access of an individual’s private property Sony needs to know how that feels.
Although little is known of Anon or Operation Payback’s next move, it is clear that these attacks are not going to be a one-time thing. They are adamant about protecting people’s rights, and if Sony continues their assault on freedom of speech and information, they will attack with the full force of the internet.