A few days ago, the online activist group Anonymous issued a threat to Sony in response to the Japanese company’s ongoing legal battle with PS3 hacker GeoHot. Anonymous, being the internet’s watchdog group and being made up primarily of hackers, is pretty cocky but has managed to hack websites like Mastercard and Amazon.
In their statement to Sony, Anonymous said “Your recent legal action against our follow hackers, Geohot and Graf_Chokolo, has not only alarmed us, it has been deemed wholly unforgivable.” They went further to say “You saw a hornets [sic] nest, and stuck your penises in it. You must face the consequences of your actions, Anonymous style.”
Now, a number of PlayStation websites have started going offline, and even the PlayStation Network has been up and down.
Sony is, understandably, playing it cool and not saying whether or not the down-times are due to Anonymous. The company did announce via its Twitter feed that the PSN would be “undergoing sporadic maintenance” and that “access to the PSN may be interrupted throughout the day”.
That being said, according to CVG, the US PlayStation blog, PlayStation.com as well as the PC front for the PS Store all inexplicably went down yesterday as well. Sony is yet to issue a statement regarding those websites, however.
Is Anonymous making good on their promise to stick it to Sony? Time will tell, but there’s potential for things to get horribly messy.