Many-headed hacktivist non-collective trouble maker Anonymous has once again denied any involvement in the theft of credit card details which has led to an ongoing two-week outage at Sony's PlayStation Network.
In reply to a grilling from the US government yesterday, Sony pointed out that, as part of their investigations, their rented-in security experts had uncovered a file which contained the text strings 'Anonymous' and 'we are legion', effectively pointing a corporate finger in the direction of the distinctly disorganised organisation.
Today a press release has been issued, which may or may have been penned by one of the movements 'leaders' - or, just as likely, a bored teenager with a persecution complex (although we don't dismiss the possibility that they may be one and the same). In it, Anonymous denies all responsibility for nicking Sony's data and leaving cryptic messages.
The rambling statement, which goes back over much of the ground covered by similar missives purportedly issued by the corporation-bating mischief-makers, insists that the 'distributed and decentralised' group's 'leadership' has never condoned the theft of credit card details.
Sony's secrecy and Anonymous' inability to let its arse know what its elbow is up to can only add to the confusion of an affair which is bound to grind on for years as International agencies and private security firms continue to investigate the matter, but we reckon there's so much corporate subterfuge, not to mention smoke and mirrors being used on all sides that the truth will never really emerge.
Who's to say that Sony didn't deliberately obfuscate the discovery of the fragment of the anonymous clarion call on its own servers in order to divert attention away from its own security inadequacies?
And we have already seen how unrelated hackers have managed to dodge in undetected under the cover of an Anonymous DDoS attack. Just ask Andrew Crossley from ACS:Law.
By its very nature, Anonymous is almost impossible to unearth - let alone prosecute - so blaming the amorphous anarcho-syndicate for all the ills of the world is an easy option for a money-making machine with embarrassing secrets to hide.
Although we find it difficult not to applaud Anonymous's motives, we can't help but think they may well be turning themselves into a one-stop pariah for the likes of Sony to beat with the corporate stick every time something goes wrong with their shonky security.
"Yes we lost 100 million peoples' personal data but those bad boys at Anonymous have been picking on us."
Here's the press release verbatim. Make of it what you will and leave your thoughts in the comments section below: