Anonymous has taken down Sony’s PlayStation website in revenge for the company’s lawsuit against George Hotz.
Yesterday's assault by the hacker collective knocked offline Sony.com and PlayStation.com with more attacks promised to come. It's the hacker collective's second major attack on an entertainment giant in a week following Anonymous' takedown of Warner Bros last Tuesday.
It stemmed from Sony's recent court battle with George Hotz, who released an exploit to ‘jailbreak’ PS3 consoles.
Sony sought to collect information from PS3 customers who visited Hotz’s website. A US federal magistrate gave Sony permission to collect IP addresses of those who had accessed Hotz's site or posted comments on a related YouTube video
Yesterday, Anonymous released a statement that laid out its grievances: “Congratulations, Sony. You have now received the undivided attention of Anonymous".
"Your recent legal action against our fellow hackers has not only alarmed us, it has been deemed wholly unforgivable..
“You have victimised your own customers merely for possessing and sharing information. In doing so you have violated the privacy of thousands.”
It outlined threats against Sony for its abuse of the judicial system.
”Now you will experience the wrath of Anonymous. You saw a hornets nest, and stuck your p*nises in it. You must face the consequences of your actions, Anonymous style.”
The attack started soon after.
Users were having difficulty connecting to the PSN network.
"Access to the PSN may be interrupted throughout the day. We apologise for any inconvenience," Sony's tech support explained in a tweet.
Anonymous posted a video to YouTube, which promised that the attacks will continue: "We do not forgive the denial of free flow of information. Expect us".
You can see the full video below: