I don’t want to say here we go again, but here we go again. Earlier this year, Anonymous brought down Sony’s PlayStation Network for several weeks leaving millions of people unable to play online, chat with friends, or do anything besides get their single player gameplay on. Well it seems like us PlayStation owners could be in for another round of this if the latest message from the group is true. Via a message posted on the TheAnonMessage YouTube Channel, the group laid down their thoughts and it leaves no question as to where they stand.
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.
For those of you not familiar with SOPA, it’s also known as the Stop Online Piracy Act and is a highly controversial bill that, if passed, would give the US government and copyright holders powers to block access to “rogue websites dedicated to infringing or counterfeit goods”. We of course don’t condone people stealing content and think that creators of content should be able to protect themselves but SOPA goes too far. The issue is that he language in the bill is so vague that sites like YouTube and even ZoKnowsGaming could be blocked for having copyrighted material submitted by users rather than the actual site owners. For an idea of how bad SOPA is, Facebook and Google both agree that it’s a bad idea and oppose it. It’s amazing, Google and Facebook actually agreeing on something.
Sony is one of the largest content producers in the world and piracy has impacted their bottom line in a big way so they have a huge vested interest in SOPA being passed. At this point we can only hope that all those security hardening measures that Sony took after the attacks earlier this year are enough, because Anonymous has proven that they are willing to move their agenda forward even if it means that regular consumers like you and I have to suffer in the process. At this point, it is impossible to know how much of anonymous is behind this since they have no central leadership. One thing is for sure though, this is just the beginning. In any case, stick with ZKG and we will keep you posted as this story develops. As a word of advice, just to be sure I would make sure that your PSN password is not the same password that you use for other important accounts because if Anonymous does carry out this latest threat it could put your more sensitive information at risk as well.