Anonymous has put out a video in which they want to make clear that they are not behind the current PSN outage. They don’t deny that it could be another component of the organization, but officially they did not authorize an attack. Personally, I believe them when they say they didn’t authorize this but I am not so sure that it isn’t some faction inside their organization. The trouble with groups, especially groups with the kind of unique personalities that hackers have is that eventually their will be differing opinions on how to achieve the goal. While the entire organization may believe in the same things they may not agree on the best way to get them done and that is where you have splinter groups come into play. The fact that Anonymous doesn’t have a real hierarchy makes this possibility even more likely since everyone would see themselves as equals.
The other possibility is that it isn’t any part of Anonymous, if that is true then there are two likely scenarios. The first one is that Sony had some major issues with PSN and as Anonymous has suggested took this opportunity to try and turn the tide against them while making major upgrades to their network. In essence, Sony gives themselves time to make necessary changes to their infrastructure by diverting responsibility to Anonymous. This is an interesting theory, but Sony would be risking a lot making that kind of move and if anything proving that case ever got out it would probably cost the company millions of dollars and I just don’t know if its worth it to them.
The other alternative is that this is a new group that is just out to get what they can. Personally, this is theory that I think is more likely. The biggest reason I don’t think that Anonymous is behind this particular outage is because up until now all their attacks have been external. Basically, their primary goal was to bring the sites down which creates an outage. If you read the wording in Sony’s recent update on the outage they used the words “external intrusion”. This is a key distinction meaning that whoever it was didn’t just block access to PSN they got into it and that’s a big difference.It would seem that whomever attacked PSN this time was looking for something and they may have gotten it. Nobody knows at this point if this is truly the case but I would keep an eye on the credit card associated with your PSN account just the same until we find out more. Anyway check out the latest Anonymous video below and listen to what they have to say for yourself. What do you think, do you believe them?