Anonymous backtracks, suspends attacks on PSN

A few days ago we reported that online activist and protest group Anonymous had declared war on Sony. The group began online attacks on Sony’s blogs and PlayStation websites in response to the ongoing legal battle between Sony and PS3 hacker GeoHot. They also disrupted PSN connectivity, irritating a number of Sony customer’s at the same time.

Sony has finally issued a statement regarding these attacks – until now they blamed the downtimes of the PSN on maintenance. According to Sony they are “currently investigatning” the situation as and are looking into “the possibility of targeted behavior of an outside party”.

Sony has also mentioned that “if this is indeed caused by such an act, we want to once again thank our customers who have borne the brunt of the attack through interrupted service”. This is a very good point; Anonymous claims to be all for attacking Sony, but all they are doing is pissing off gamers. Fortunately they’ve realised this and have suspended all attacks on the PSN.

According to an Anonymous press release (via their news portal):

“We realise that targeting the PSN is not a good idea. We have therefore temporarily suspended our action, until a method is found that will not severely impact Sony customers.

Anonymous is on your side, standing up for your rights. We are not aiming to attack customers of Sony. This attack is aimed solely at Sony, and we will try our best to not affect the gamers, as this would defeat the purpose of our actions. If we did inconvenience users, please know that this was not our goal.

This operation is a response to Sony’s attempt to deprive their customers of products they bought and therefore own, wholly and completely. Anonymous will not attempt to fight this by following the exact same course of action.”

Source: Eurogamer & CVG