Anonymous activists have temporarily halted their attack on PSN websites. Yesterday Sony admitted that the outages on their websites and the Playstation Network were caused by a cyber attack.
Anonymous, the online hacker group who is responsible for causing several other DDoS attacks on various sites, declared war on Sony after the electronics giant began legal action against two file sharers in the United States. Sony sued the two file sharers for sharing jail broken PS3 codes. The announcement of attacks on Anonymous’s blog states that the legal action “has not only alarmed us, it has been deemed wholly unforgivable”. The posting also goes to on to accuse Sony of “victimizing” their users’ privacy and suppressing information for corporate greed.
The attacks began yesterday with the PSN briefly going offline and Sony declaring that the site was undergoing maintenance. Sony finally admitted this morning that they were suffering from online attacks, but Anonymous has paused their assault. In a statement, Anonymous had this to say: “This attack is aimed solely at the company, and we will try our best to not affect the gamers, as this would defeat the purpose of our actions.” They also added that, “We have plenty of tricks up our sleeves.”
While taking on the PSN is one way to get their point across, it also affected the ability of Sony customer everywhere, causing ire towards the activist group. DDoS attacks which were launched to make a statement to Sony that Anonymous supports their customers only ended up affecting the customers who were unable to play their games in a negative way — prompting the group to call off the attacks, at least for now.