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Sony Officially Blames Anonymous For PSN Hack

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the in-today's-sony-hack-news dept.

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H_Fisher writes "In a letter to Congress, Kazuo Hirai, chairman of Sony's board of directors, blames hacker group Anonymous for making possible the theft of gamers' personal information. 'What is becoming more and more evident is that Sony has been the victim of a very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack designed to steal personal and credit card information for illegal purposes,' Hirai wrote. He also indicated that Sony waited two days before notifying the FBI of the theft."

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shame game (5, Insightful)

alphatel (1450715) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026780)

I officially blame Sony for being PSN hacked.

Anonymous? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36026806)

hey!
I didn't do crap!

Re:shame game (5, Insightful)

ouija147 (467204) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026820)

Anonymous my ASS

Convenient scape goat

Boogeyman (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36026904)

Yeah, neckbeards who spend all their time jerking it to manga and posting cat pics and whose idea of "hacking" is this [wikipedia.org] could totally pull something like that off.

ich bin Anonymous ! (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027106)

oh, wait, no I'm not...
I'm a jelly doughnut.

Re:shame game (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36027096)

Actually it was Anonymous Coward. My bad. I just wanted to play "global thermonuclear war" and suddenly I got all these credit card numbers.

Re:shame game (4, Insightful)

_xeno_ (155264) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026914)

They probably deserve the blame, too - they were apparently hacked via a "known vulnerability" [theregister.co.uk] although I don't think they've ever stated which one.

Re:shame game (5, Insightful)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026986)

Same here.

I fail to see any kind of plausible explanation why "We were busy defending ourselves from Anonymous" affected the poor design of their security structure.

Re:shame game (4, Funny)

toastar (573882) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027040)

I think they meant anonymous as in they don't know who did it, not Anonymous the group.

Kinda like the guy who broke into my car and stole my radio/mp3 player was anonymous.

Re:shame game (4, Insightful)

Omnifarious (11933) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027150)

The real mind bender is.. Is there a difference? I mean, Anonymous isn't exactly organized is it? It's just a convenient name people adopt sometimes.

Re:shame game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36027174)

No, that was us. Your radio wanted to be free.

Re:shame game (4, Insightful)

Eggplant62 (120514) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027084)

I blame Sony for not having security sufficient to prevent such an attack in the first place. What, did we have a Win '08 server facing the 'net without a firewall??

oh Shit! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36026786)

They're on to us!

Yeah right (4, Insightful)

festers (106163) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026790)

"carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated"

These are not words I think of when discussing Anonymous. Give me a break.

Re:Yeah right (1)

firex726 (1188453) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026862)

That's the part that made me LOL.

And besides, couldn't much of the damage of the attack been mitigated with even minimal effort in internal security?

Re:Yeah right (5, Funny)

Bobfrankly1 (1043848) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026888)

"carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated"

These are not words I think of when discussing Anonymous. Give me a break.

"carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated"

These are not words I think of when discussing Sony.

Re:Yeah right (5, Insightful)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026928)

Sony is doing what all people in power do:
- find a scapegoat.

Reminds me of what my boss said, "I will not take the blame for the failure of this board. YOU will." Normally I would agree, but I told you that we should do additional testing to verify it works, but you said 'we don't have time'. LIKEWISE I suspect Sony's employees told them to add additional safety measures, but Sony's managers refused to spend the labor time/cost.

So instead the managers are deflecting blame from themselves to the users.

Bastards.

Re:Yeah right (1)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027120)

- find a scapegoat.

And kill him.. It's 'cleaner' that way

Re:Yeah right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36026974)

OTOH, it would be some pretty big lulz.

But, yes, the whole bit about millions of accounts and personal data taken and already used to steal money from users doesn't really fit. That's not really sticking it to Sony.

Re:Yeah right (1)

vuke69 (450194) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027092)

That's not really sticking it to Sony.

Wait until the PCI-DSS audit is complete. That's when the sticking begins.

Sony or Anon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36026792)

First post?

ROFLMFAO (1)

GrumpySteen (1250194) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026798)

They called Anonymous "very professional, highly sophisticated"

Re:ROFLMFAO (1)

zill (1690130) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026910)

Obviously Anonymous managed to perform a man-in-the-middle attack between Sony and Congress.

Re:ROFLMFAO (1)

Bobfrankly1 (1043848) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026970)

They called Anonymous "very professional, highly sophisticated"

The old adage applies "It takes one to know one." Sony isn't professional or highly sophisticated, and they wouldn't know what that looked like if it hacked their network and stole all their data...

Anony == Scrapegoats (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36026802)

Dont have the competency or skill to run your network correctly?
Dont know who else to blame when your on the hook for a class action and liability in the billions?

Blame Anonymous.

Cuts Both Ways (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36027090)

I think Anonymous is going to find out that their prized anonymity is a double edged sword. If no one can speak for anonymous, how can this ever be denied?

Re:Anony == Scrapegoats (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027108)

The identity of the people behind this attack are unknown. In other words, they are anonymous. That's the downside of being anonymous.

Re:Anony == Scrapegoats (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36027200)

They are anonymous, yes, but Anonymous? No.

Re:Anony == Scrapegoats (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36027220)

This sounds like a pitch. Are you starting an advertising firm by chance?

I told you, I didn't do it! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36026812)

It was the other Anonymous Coward!

Re:I told you, I didn't do it! (4, Insightful)

OECD (639690) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027064)

There is no 'Anonymous.' It's just a term that's been widely co-opted. Sort of like 'Al Qaeda.'

Re:I told you, I didn't do it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36027124)

There can be only one!

Not Quite (1)

rjstanford (69735) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026814)

While a particular group may have been responsible for the data theft, Sony is still responsible for the irresponsible storage that they used to enable the theft. Good (industry standard) practices around credit card retention, such as gateway tokenization, would have drastically reduced the financial implications. There would still have been privacy implications, but by not storing card numbers they'd actually have made the information much less appealing to hackers as well.

Re:Not Quite (1)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026932)

No to mention the 2 day lapse between the time the noticed the information was compromised and when they notified the FBI of the breach. I was under the impression that anyone that had credit card data on clients are liable for full quick disclosure of a breach as soon as it is noticed.

Re:Not Quite (1)

DarkOx (621550) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027184)

Ok,

So how accountable should Sony ( a victim ) be for/to their end users also victims? I mean this seriously. In a world of tangibles its not even clear. Lets say you lent me your laptop and left it in my unlocked car at a the mall. When return to my car its gone. Now I was negligent about protecting your laptop. Clearly its the thief's fault its missing but I really should replace your computer if it can't be found after a day or two.

Now we are in the world of intangibles, Sony did a poor job of protecting users data. Its certainly whoever crack they systems fault the data is gone but that should not completely excuse Sony and more than I would be excused for the loss of that laptop. Trouble is what is the harm to the users? It could be none, the crackers stole the data just to embarrass Sony and have already deleted every bit of it, or someone could spend the next six months sorting our identity theft issues consuming hundreds of hours of their time; but that could happen anyway. We will never know. What is really fair here?

"...steal..." (4, Insightful)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026816)

The fact that the attack involve the theft of credit card data, as opposed to just shutting down the network, screams "not Anonymous" to me. You know, given how Anonymous tends to just shut things down with DDoS attacks, or occasionally overwrite a web page with one that spreads some message.

Re:"...steal..." (1)

billcopc (196330) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026906)

Yep, most Anonymous attacks involve masses of non-technical users joining a LOIC DDOS. It's essentially a human "botnet", just as cheap and effective too!

Anonymous != a group (1)

ItsJustAPseudonym (1259172) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026830)

Sony == desperate weasels

Nuff said.

!Anonymous (1)

agoliveira (188870) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026834)

Anonymous already denied it and, AFAIK, they don't do sneaky attacks and do not steal personal info.

Re:!Anonymous (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36026886)

You mean like when they stole all the gawker info and posted the passwords for all to see?

Re:!Anonymous (1)

harl (84412) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026918)

Re:!Anonymous (5, Informative)

sqrt(2) (786011) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027012)

There is no official "anonymous" and there is no leadership or command structure. It's a concept, an idea to describe an emergent system of hacktivism. Saying anonymous is responsible for this (or anything) is like saying democracy is responsible for causing the wars in the middle east. You're mixing up an idea, an ethos, with an organization.

Re:!Anonymous (1)

harl (84412) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027154)

lol

Re:!Anonymous (4, Insightful)

powerlord (28156) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027222)

There is no official "anonymous" and there is no leadership or command structure. It's a concept, an idea to describe an emergent system of hacktivism. Saying anonymous is responsible for this (or anything) is like saying democracy is responsible for causing the wars in the middle east. You're mixing up an idea, an ethos, with an organization.

Yes, but when an organization runs around saying they are attacking targets, and when that organization has no real leadership (collective/mob), they also can't cry foul if someone co-opts their name, claims to be part of them (since they have no real membership requirement or leadership, whose to say), and decides to either:

1) Partake in the attack even though it has been officially "called off" (hey, just because most of Anonymous might be clueless, doesn't mean some of it can't hack/crack with the best of them.

2) Use your name as a convenient scape goat to pin their crime on (okay, we take as much data as we can, and point the finger at THOSE guys over there).

Either which way, saying "Anonymous Denied all Responsibility, It MUST BE SONY'S FAULT!" is the biggest LOL of them all.

Its the fault of the malicious idiot who attacked and broke into the network. Yeah, Sony should have done a better job securing the data, but that does not absolve the THIEF of responsibility (in spite of what most slashdotters seem to think).

Re:!Anonymous (2)

locallyunscene (1000523) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027082)

Except they didn't. They posted company emails to show the incompetence of the CEO and claimed credit for it. They didn't steal credit card, address, or other personally identifiable information and then denied it.

Re:!Anonymous (2, Informative)

harl (84412) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027142)

Anonymous disagrees with you.

"The attackers went one better than this, however: they dumped the user database for rootkit.com, listing the e-mail addresses and password hashes for everyone who'd ever registered on the site."

There was also the little bit about posting personal info about spouses and children of HBGary employees.

Re:!Anonymous (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36026958)

As an anonymous coward I endorse this message

Bad Summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36026836)

"Sony said it was not sure whether the organizers of the two attacks were working together."

That doesn't sound like an official statement of blame. But hey, reporting the truth isn't as important here as slanting it to support peoples pet causes.

I don't buy it (1)

rjmx (233228) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026840)

Doesn't sound likely to me. Anonymous have done many things, but stealing user information hasn't been one of them until now.

I wonder if Sony did it themselves with the intention of pinning it on Anonymous?

Re:I don't buy it (2)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026936)

More likely, Anonymous has become a convenient name to throw around whenever someone cracks a security system. Poorly designed security system? Just blame Anonymous when someone pulls off a successful attack. The media makes Anonymous sound like some sort of invincible, unstoppable hacker/wizard/demigod army (or should I just say, "Hackers on steroids"), so nobody will blame you when you blame Anonymous.

If people only knew that Anonymous is just a bunch of teenage script kiddies...

Re:I don't buy it (2)

Amouth (879122) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027072)

you know if Anonymous is actually responsible i want Sony to provide Proof of that - else it's just slander.

So, how anal rape tastes, sony? Aha? (1)

roboverlord3 (2110052) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026846)

They got what they deserve. Users were hit too, I admit, but at least that will teach them not to use sony again.

Re:So, how anal rape tastes, sony? Aha? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36026976)

Well, as long as the ends justify the means. Who cares about collateral damage anyway? In the end, all that really matters is whether people come around to your point of view.

Carefuly Planned and Profesional? (2)

Bo'Bob'O (95398) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026848)

Some how none of that seems to point to Anonymous in any way.

translation (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36026852)

we don't have a clue

Wait, what... (5, Interesting)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026864)

Sony said on Wednesday that Anonymous targeted it several weeks ago using a denial of service attack in protest of Sony defending itself against a hacker in federal court in San Francisco.

  The attack that stole the personal data of millions of Sony customers was launched separately, while the company was distracted protecting itself against the denial of service campaign, Sony said.

  Sony said it was not sure whether the organizers of the two attacks were working together.

So they know Anonymous DDOS'ed them, and Anonymous have admitted this too.

They also were attacked separately where the theft took place. They don't know if these groups were working together. They blame the latter on Anonymous too. How did they draw that final conclusion??

Re:Wait, what... (5, Informative)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026990)

Sony said on Wednesday that Anonymous targeted it several weeks ago using a denial of service attack in protest of Sony defending itself against a hacker in federal court in San Francisco.

This quote is more disturbing as far as I am concerned. Sony was not defending itself against Geohot, since Geohot never attacked Sony nor did Geohot sue Sony. Geohot was defending himself in a lawsuit filed by Sony.

Talk about slanting things...

Re:Wait, what... (1)

dasdrewid (653176) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027022)

They also were attacked separately where the theft took place. They don't know if these groups were working together. They blame the latter on Anonymous too. How did they draw that final conclusion??

If A=B, and B=C, then C="Anonymous fucking did it!" That's basic logic right there.

Re:Wait, what... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36027028)

That doesn't matter, comrade. The FBI will be pressured by Congress to bring in any Anonymous members they can. All those gentlemen will eventually be indicted, put on trial, and possibly thrown in prison. Even if the Anonymous members hire good attorneys and fight their way free of the legal charges, their real names, reputations, and bank accounts will be destroyed. It matters not if they actually stole all of this data : Sony wants Anonymous members to go down hard, and that's what they will get.

Re:Wait, what... (3, Insightful)

chemicaldave (1776600) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027030)

Sony defending itself against a hacker in federal court in San Francisco.

Did they really claim to be defending themselves against a "hacker" in court? Don't they mean "suing"? And isn't it unfair to lump the hackers who stole the information with completely different hacker, Geohot? Who the fuck wrote this article?

Re:Wait, what... (1)

Rob Kaper (5960) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027036)

They being Reuters, Sony - as you quoted - didn't draw that conclusion. They mentioned the ongoing attack and of course it would seem relevant, but they carefully denied knowing of any relation between the two.

Re:Wait, what... (3, Informative)

_xeno_ (155264) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027068)

If you read the letter (which is made needlessly annoying by the fact that it's scanned in and the raw text isn't made available, fuck you very much Sony), you'll see that on page 2 [flickr.com] they explain:

When Sony Online Entertainment discovered this past Sunday afternoon that data from its servers had been stolen, it also discovered that the intruders had placed a file on one of those servers named "Anonymous" with the words "We are Legion."

So that's how they come to that conclusion. Which I guess means we can blame Anonymous, in so much as anyone calling themselves Anonymous is Anonymous.

Not that I really believe that the attacker really is "Anonymous," but they do make a good scape goat. And who knows, maybe the attacker did decide that this attack might as well be carried out under the "anonymous" banner.

Re:Wait, what... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36027112)

When Sony's lawyers said they could deflect a good portion of liability onto the shadowy Anonymous uber-hackers in the upcoming class actions suits headed their way.

Not Anon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36026866)

You know how I know this isn't anon? FTA:

"very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack"

Not Anon.

No Way (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36026876)

This isn't their style.

Stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36026878)

Hacker group?
Oh please, give me a break, there are two people, at best, who can be called a hacker on 4chan.

Once Bitten Twice Shy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36026898)

If Sony are going to publicly come out and blame Anonymous for the hack, I hope they are prepared for the retaliation that may become of it if in fact it turns out Anonymous had nothing to do with it. Remember the FBI Guy? hehe

It's the girl's fault! (2)

JackSpratts (660957) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026902)

Whilst I was admiring the gentle sway of her shapely derriere somebody stole my laptop!

It was due to master key leak after all... (0, Troll)

sonyispants (2110106) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026920)

Indeed in sony official statement [tinyurl.com] , they state that they used same master key in PSN Its hard to blame them, because the key was top secret. Its like versign loosing its master key.

Re:It was due to master key leak after all... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36026972)

^BAN for porn link

Re:It was due to master key leak after all... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36026994)

What a retard..... enough said....

Karma (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36026930)

When you fuck people over, expected to get fucked back, Sony!

Anonymous? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36026934)

Can't anyone do anything and claim "Anonymous?"

Isn't that the point of being Anonymous...
no one knows who you are...
and anyone who wanted to could claim to be the same "anonymous" that you are...

If anything this is an easy out for someone to point a finger at by Sony... I mean why not, doesn't matter who actually did it the person/group is in fact Anonymous...

What's next? (1)

ItsJustAPseudonym (1259172) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026950)

They add Slashdot to their complaint, for this poll? [slashdot.org] Sheesh!

Right... (1)

Spykk (823586) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026960)

The attack that stole the personal data of millions of Sony customers was launched separately, while the company was distracted protecting itself against the denial of service campaign, Sony said.

Because we all know that keeping your network secure involves someone personally inspecting each packet as it comes in. With all of Sony's packet inspectors distracted by the DDOS the hackers were able to sneak their packets through undetected.

WTF (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36026962)

Can someone point me to where "Sony Officially Blames Anon" is? FTFA, it says it blames indirectly, but there is nowhere a link to an official Sony update nor there's a reference to Sony's indirect blame. Journalism at best!!!

You have to admit.... (1)

ProppaT (557551) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026988)

You have to admit...blaming Anonymous for the attack sounds a lot better and less embarrassing as stating "Yeah, some 17 year old kid in Toledo managed to hack us and pull all your private information because we don't have our s&*t together." I don't blame them for pointing at Anonymous. After all, Anonymous pointed their finger at Sony not but a month prior.

Indeed! (1)

Cable (99315) | more than 3 years ago | (#36026998)

Sony once had rootkits in audio CDs, now someone gained control of the psn. Not sure who, so blame the obvious and occaRAM's razor needs sharpening. :)

            But in all seriousness my hopes and prayers go to Sony and Japan for the damage done by tsunamis and other things. This is nationwide and needs to stop these break-ins to web sites.

            Is it anonymous? I am not sure. I am not sure who or what it could be. As zombie botnets dominate the Internet it could be anyone. Even viruses we haven't detected yet or hide from scanners by infecting them. Whomever is doing this, please stop, this is not the way, the truth, and the light.

            Yes I know Slashdot, maybe some disagree maybe some agree. But whomever did it, they will be caught as evil always brags.

Sony's 9/11 moment (1)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027026)

I, for one, will wait for the tape of anonymous's 'confession', which I'm sure will surface at any moment, then we can send in the navy to raid the compound

Scapegoat.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36027038)

Sony: but, but, but, it was "them".
Rational People: how do you know it was "them"?
Sony: because they are the most convenient target of the day...
Rational People: ah....

IT'S THE CUSTOMERS FAULT! (1)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027042)

That's the translation of Sony's Japanese doublespeak. (Notice it resembles Toyko Power's doublespeak of why the nuclear meltdown is not a danger to nearby customers.)

Fundamental rhetoric error on Sony's part (1)

EQ (28372) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027046)

Logical Fallacy on Sony's part. Post hoc ergo propter hoc [fallacyfiles.org] . Or as many on /. like to say "Correlation is not causation".

Re:Fundamental rhetoric error on Sony's part (1)

EQ (28372) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027146)

augh hit submit instead of continue editing ...

This isn't to say Anon's members are blameless, and legally off the hook. A case can be made they were unknowingly but maliciously contributing factors. Its the malice part that will push law enforcement and prosecutor's buttons - they knew what they were doing was wrong/criminal and did so anyway. Without malice, its simple negligence; with malice, you may have a contributory criminal violation. The law is kinda funny like that - along for a minor prank, someone does a felony act (prior unknown to you) and all of a sudden you are looking at accomplice charges. So watch out for law enforcement to answer Sony's call.

k'plah! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36027050)

their hearts are not *truly* klingon.

I heard it was ebaums (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36027056)

either that or the russians

Conclusive evidence (1)

rvr777 (1082819) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027060)

An article on gamespot http://www.gamespot.com/news/6312141.html [gamespot.com] says that the evidence they have is a file named "Anonymous" with the content "We are Legion". What a conclusive evidence.

Re:Conclusive evidence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36027156)

If I were the real hacker this is what I would leave there as well.

The attackers left no trace (1)

broknstrngz (1616893) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027100)

That's Anonymous' trademark!

Hell Nawwwww (1)

uncholowapo (1666661) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027102)

Guess a free month of Playstation Plus wasn't good enough for the consumers...

Sony didn't explicitly blame Anonymous. (2)

Renaissance 2K (773059) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027116)

Sony may have blamed Anonymous for the attack, but they're not accusing Anonymous of executing the attack itself. They said the following:

  • They found a file named "Anonymous" on their servers that contained the text "We are Legion."
  • They were too distracted by Anonymous' DDOS freakshow to notice the real intrusion that was taking place.

Granted, Sony can say anything to cover their butts, but Hell... The hackers could have just as easily left an "Osama wuz here" file. Would that mean Al Qaida definitely did it? Could they abandon any further investigation and blog posting because the dude is shark food now?

Re:Sony didn't explicitly blame Anonymous. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36027250)

Granted, Sony can say anything to cover their butts, but Hell... The hackers could have just as easily left an "Osama wuz here" file. Would that mean Al Qaida definitely did it? Could they abandon any further investigation and blog posting because the dude is shark food now?

That sound? Oh, that was the collective headslap of the entire Sony legal team. "Why didn't we think of that?"

Summary should contain more: (1)

Sentry23 (447266) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027130)

In the letter there is a part which says:
"We discovered that the intruders had planted a file on one of our Sony Online Entertainment servers named “Anonymous” with the words “We are Legion.”"

It's not much of an evidence in my eyes, but at least it's more then 'because we say so'.

Nobody is attacking me! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36027158)

Quite an old trick - if you want to attack someone bigger than you, and make them look stupid, tell them your name is "nobody" first. As in Help! Nobody is attacking me! [wikipedia.org]

Got my letter...don't know why (5, Interesting)

hilldog (656513) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027170)

I got a letter in the mail yesterday May 3rd advising me my info may have been hacked. Weird since I don't have a play station and have not played an online Sony game in over a decade (12 years maybe more) and then I canceled my subscription. Which brings me to a question why is information that old still being kept where it can be cracked?

Wasn't me! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36027186)

I didn't do it! ...and I'm not a coward for that matter.

Who? (1)

b4upoo (166390) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027204)

Why point blame at Anonymous. The Russians love this kind of hack and apparently China also wishes to have such an illegal industry as well. Before anyone spouts off about blame they need some serious proof.

To turn a phrase... (3, Informative)

Bobfrankly1 (1043848) | more than 3 years ago | (#36027232)

FTFA:

Sony said on Wednesday that Anonymous targeted it several weeks ago using a denial of service attack in protest of Sony defending itself against a hacker in federal court in San Francisco.

Meanwhile in reality:

Sony said on Wednesday that Anonymous targeted it several weeks ago using a denial of service attack in protest of Sony attacking a hacker in a hopeless attempt to control information that had already slipped far out of it's control in federal court in San Francisco.

Hang your head in shame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36027258)

Sony, what did you think was Going to happen when you wage war on hackers? Idiots go bend over on your sword

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