In an act of what it calls customer solidarity, the hacktivist group Anonymous announced that it will stop its attacks on the PlayStation Network.
“Anonymous is on your side, standing up for your rights,” a message on the group’s operations site said. “We are not aiming to attack customers of Sony. This attack is aimed solely at Sony, and we will try our best to not affect the gamers, as this would defeat the purpose of our actions. If we did inconvenience users, please know that this was not our goal.”
The group started the action as part of OpSony, a movement in protest of the company’s lawsuits against George “geohot” Hotz and Alexander “graf_chokolo” Egorenkov. Both men have been accused of facilitating piracy with code designed to allow PlayStation 3 users to run other operating systems on the console.
On Monday, the group launched a denial-of-service attack that seemed to take down both Sony.com and store.playstation.com for a short period of time.
After that attack, there were reports that the group was responsible for network and site outages on Sony’s Playstation Network. On Wednesday, a Sony representative told video gaming Web site Gamespot that it was investigating the issues and the “possibility of targeted behavior of an outside party.”