Anonymous puts Sony in the crosshairs

Anonymous, the loosely organized hacktivist group, has reported that its latest attack has taken down Sony.com and the PlayStation Store Web site. Sony’s main site was back to normal around 1:30 p.m., but the PlayStation Store was not operational.

The group announced it would attack Sony in solidarity with the PlayStation hackers George “geohot” Hotz and Alexander “graf_chokolo” Egorenkov, both of whom have been sued for publishing hacks for the PlayStation 3. The hacks were intended to restore the ability to run other operating systems on the PlayStation 3, a feature Sony removed from the console.

In an open letter on its site, Anonymous wrote that the legal action against Hotz and Egorenkov “has not only alarmed us, it has been deemed wholly unforgivable.”

The letter also accuses Sony of abusing the judicial system and victimizing its own customers. A tweet on Anonymous Operations’s Twitter feed announced the two sites were not operating around 1 p.m., EST.

Sony.com & store.playstation.com confirmed dead. #OpSony #Anonymous #DDoSMon Apr 04 17:03:08 via TwitterBarAnonymous Operations
Anony_Ops

In the case against George Hotz, the hacker has denied Sony’s accusations that he lied under oath when he said he did not have a PlayStation Network account.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.

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