You are now receiving the attention of Anonymous

Posted on April 4, 2011 by


I’ll admit that I’ve always been a fan of Sony but their recent legal battles have left me a little confused…

To be specific I almost fell off my chair when it was announced that Sony were going to try and sue hacker Alexander ‘Graf_Chokolo’ Egorenkov for a million euros.

The global giant ordered police to raid his home in Germany and confiscate the tools used by Egorenkov to hack the PS3’s. It wasn’t until this happened however that the hacker decided to reveal to the world exactly how to hack a PS3 system so that it can be used to play pirated games.

Now Sony want a million big ones…

Sony Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan

No wonder then that Anonymous has entered the fight, saying that Sony will have to ‘experience the wrath of Anonymous’. Despite the over-dramatic lines making a return I think this is great news, for a change.

I’ve been following Anonymous for quite a while and it’s fair to say that I haven’t always agreed with their actions. It has at times seemed as if they were headed by a small child, requesting that followers send pizza to the CEO of major companies. The dramatic media-friendly lines that seem like they have fallen from the Lord of the Rings have always seemed to have taken away from the real purpose of the group. Or at least what I think the point of the group is.

And that’s why their involvement is a good thing. You may think, ‘oh great another attack on a website, head for the hills’ but actually the good the group will do is from using their high media profile to blow this thing out of the water. When the world starts talking about how Sony are bullying a couple of hackers, one of which (George Hotz from New Jersey) is only a 21 year old student people will say, ‘hang on, this isn’t fair. Giant Sony against a guy who is only just old enough to drink’.

Anonymous stated on their website:

Congratulations! You are now receiving the attention of Anonymous. Your recent legal actions against fellow internet citizens, GeoHot and Graf_Chokolo have been deemed an unforgivable offence against free speech and internet freedom.

Your corrupt business practices are indicative of a corporate philosophy that would deny consumers the right to use products they have paid for, and rightfully own, in the manner of their choosing.

In light of this assault on both rights and free expression, Anonymous, the notoriously handsome rulers of the internet, would like to inform you that you have only been “renting” your web domains. Having trodden upon Anonymous’ rights, you must now be trodden on.
I would be surprised if the group could do much harm to a company as big as Sony but if you want change then kick up a fuss and make the world look.

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