Updated: Sony Once Again in the Crosshairs of Hacktivist Group Anonymous for Support of SOPA
Piracy has been a long time problem for the Internet, but some lawmakers are taking a very heavy-handed approach to dealing with the problem with a bill called SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). The bill is worded so broadly that it has drawn concerns from many groups over its impact on online businesses and the ability to quickly shut down or block access to websites if someone claims that their IP has been violated in some way.
Sony is one of the supporters of SOPA, and that support has put them in the crosshairs of the hacker group Anonymous once again, who some believe had a hand in the April cyber attacks on the Playstation Network and Sony Online Entertainment services that compromised more than 100 million accounts worldwide.
In a video posted to YouTube, Anonymous stated that SonyÂs support for SOPA is Âa signed death warrant to SONY Company and AssociatesÂ and the group vowed to once again destroy SonyÂs network for their support of the act. The full message added to the video has been included below if the voice isn't clear enough.
I guess now weÂll get to see if SonyÂs new security improvements live up to their expectations.
Source: Game Informer
Update: Anonymous has updated their original message and stated that they will not be destroying the Playstation Network but rather the Sony network.
We are Anonymous.
It has come to the attention of the Anonymous activist community that you have chosen to stand by the Stop Online Piracy Act. This act will halt online businesses and restrict access to many sites for many users. Supporting SOPA is like trying to throw an entire company from off a bridge. Your support to the act is a signed death warrant to SONY Company and Associates. Therefore, yet again, we have decided to destroy your network. We will dismantle your phantom from the internet. Prepare to be extinguished. Justice will be swift, and it will be for the people, whether some like it or not. Sony, you have been warned.
To those doubting our powers. We've infiltrated the servers of Bank of America, The United States Department of Defense, The United Nations, and Lockheed Martin. In one day.
For their approval to SOPA, we have also declared that our fury be brought upon the following persons. Justin Bieber. Lady Gaga. Kim Kardashian. and Taylor Swift.
Operation Blackout, engaged.
Operation Mayhem, engaged.
Operation LulzXmas, engaged.
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Supporters of SOPA, you should've expected us.