The day after Anonymous promised to wage war against Sony in response to the company’s legal actions against fellow hackers Geohot and Graf_Chokolo, the PlayStation Network went down. And stayed down. Sony claimed “sporadic maintenance,” even after Anonymous took credit for taking down the service, and several Sony websites, in an interview with PlayStation LifeStyle. Well, looks like Sony’s ready to concede that maybe, just maybe, they’re not the ones tinkering under the hood.
Sony admitted today that it is “currently investigating [the network instability], including the possibility of targeted behavior of an outside party,” a company representative told GameSpot. “If this is indeed caused by such act, we want to once again thank our customers who have borne the brunt of the attack through interrupted service. Our engineers are working to restore and maintain the services, and we appreciate our customers’ continued support.”
Though they haven’t stopped gathering family records and personal details on Sony employees, Anonymous have ceased their denial-of-service attack on the PlayStation Network. “We realize that targeting the PSN is not a good idea. We have therefore temporarily suspended our action, until a method is found that will not severely impact Sony customers,” stated the group, who previously referred to gamers as “collateral damage.”
“Anonymous is on your side, standing up for your rights. 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.”
“That being said, our campaign against Sony and others that would trample on the idea of free information will continue, until we are satisfied with the outcome.”