Updated: Sony Once Again in the Crosshairs of Hacktivist Group Anonymous for Support of SOPA

Updated Tue, Jan 03, 2012 by Martuk

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 Sony’s support for SOPA is “a signed death warrant to SONY Company and Associates” and the group vowed to once again destroy Sony’s 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 we’ll get to see if Sony’s 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.

Hello, SONY.
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.

Well, for once I have to agree with Anonymous. Shut em' down boys (and girls)

Idiotic way to get your point across. We all don't like SOPA but attacking and trying to destroy a company is no way of getting anything done.

It's more of a way than just sitting there and doing nothing.
And in case of SOPA, something desperately NEEDS to be done. The US government and entertainment industry just cannot be allowed to gain this kind of control over the internet.

Bring them down.

We are legion.

Ok i support their cause, but will this mean that i wont be able to game on the ps network soon?
That kinda sucks, cant they just hack the company's sites and leave the psn alone?
As long as i can use torrents and soulseek i dont see the problem really...

After SOPA the government will have the right to shut down or block access to all americans access to any website they want. You idiot your precious torrents will be eradicated

Anonymous are cyber terrorists. Bad laws can be altered,neutered or repealed by people in legal ways, or by people voting with their money. For those of you quick to pounce on corporations, how long will it be until these people attack something you like? I don't know enough about the law to post an opinion on whether it is bad or good, but the quote below says it all to me.

"Justice will be swift, and it will be for the people, whether some like it or not."

Do you all think that encouraging a person who is essentially of the mind that they know what is best for you whether you like it or not is a good idea?

Self-edited to remove the part where I got a bit carried away =P

It is the intent of the Senate to blanket-censor wherever they see fit, regardless of whomever it hurts.
This bill was to be voted on by the Senate, not by us. In so being, the Senate is no different than Anonymous in the very same idea. "... it will be for the people, whether some like it or not."

It has been the actions of Anonymous and fellow supporters (Google, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, AOL, eBay, Reddit, etc) that have put this tyranny on hold for as long as it has been. If Anonymous had not done as they did, there would be much less for the Senate to consider. Nobody was killed through the actions of Anonymous. At the very least, not directly or by any fault of such.

"Do you all think that encouraging a person who is essentially of the mind that they know what is best for you whether you like it or not is a good idea?"
We've been doing this for centuries. It's called Congress.

Frankly, Anonymous is closer to having my best interests in mind.

It's a bad idea to support a party that is just as guilty of the same reason you're against another.

Clarification: *Fellow opposers.

It simply reads better that way.

What Anonymous does is illegal. At least with congress you have some sort of regulation and oversight, as well as the ability to vote people out of office. Anonymous is beholden to no one. I am not supporting the law one way or another. I am no big fan of congress..but they are irrelevant as Obama just executive orders around them anyway =P

I agree about not attempt the SOPA, but i disagree about attacking like sony corp or something else, its just the us gobernment who are doing all this shit.

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