Anonymous has officially declared a cyber war against Sony, blaming the latter’s recent decision to bring criminal charges against PS3 hacker George 'Geohot' Hotz as an attack on the right to free speech.
Sony’s recent decision to re-lock the Play Station 3 and go after those who explained how to jailbreak the PS3 have not gone down well with the hacktivists. The group threatened Sony by saying, “Now you will experience the wrath of Anonymous,”. “We are Legion. We do not Forgive. We do not forget. Expect us."
The retaliation by Anonymous started with a denial of service attack on a number of sites including the PlayStation Network and the official PlayStation websites in Europe and US which reportedly resulted in disruption of their services. But reports suggest that the sites were functioning again by Tuesday morning.
Although no official announcement has come from Sony addressing the severity of the attacks, it officially admitted that it was having some trouble with its websites.
Mr Seybold, Sony's Senior Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media, wrote on the official PlayStation blog, "We’re aware that some of you have been experiencing intermittent service on PSN today. We’re working on finding a solution, and will report back here as soon as it’s resolved.Thank you all for your patience.”
Anonymous is famous for attacking the Church of Scientology for alleged abusive practices as well as Visa, Mastercard and others who were perceived to be hostile towards WIkileaks.