Anonymous, the anarchic digital hive-mind terrorist arm of 4-chan has decided its had just about enough of Sony and has decided to bring the company’s online to a screeching halt. Why? Vengeance, of course. Oh, and freedom.
It’s citing Sony’s “unforgivable offense against free speech and internet freedom”Â for its action in bringing down the law on PS3 hackers Geohot and Graf_Chokolo for their involvement in opening up the PlayStation 3. â€œCongratulations, Sony,â€ says a message to the Japanese company on the Anonymous website. â€œYou have now received the undivided attention of Anonymous.â€ that’s generally not a good thing.
Here’s the rest of the message to Sony. As you’ll see, it’s neither formal, nor polite.
You have abused the judicial system in an attempt to censor information about how your products work. You have victimized your own customers merely for possessing and sharingÂ information, and continue to target those who seek this information. In doing so you have violated the privacy of thousands of innocent people who only sought the free distribution of information. Your suppression of this information is motivated by corporate greed and the desire for complete control over the actions of individuals who purchase and use your products, at least when those actions threaten to undermine the corrupt stranglehold you seek to maintain over copywrong, oops, “copyright”.
Your corrupt business practices are indicative of a corporate philosophy that would deny consumers the right to use products they have paid for, and rightfully own, in the manner of their choosing. Perhaps you should alert your customers to the fact that they are apparently only renting your products? In light of this assault on both rights and free expression, Anonymous, the notoriously handsome rulers of the internet, would like to inform you that you have only been “renting” your web domains. Having trodden upon Anonymous’ rights, you must now be trodden on.
If you disagree with the disciplinary actions against your private parts domains, then we trust you can also understand our motivations for these actions. You own your domains. You paid for them with your own money. Now Anonymous is attacking your private property because we disagree with your actions. And that seems, dare we say it, “wrong.” Sound familiar?
Let Anonymous teach you a few important lessons that your mother forgot:
1. Don’t do it to someone else if you don’t want it to be done to you.
2. Information is free.
3. We own this. Forever.
This is the same bunch of people who managed to bring down VISA, garnered worldwide attention for their attack on the farce known as Scientology,Â reduced Tumblr to tears, and tracked down that stupid woman who threw a cat in a wheelie bin. Not bad for a bunch of angry nerds sitting in their moms’ basements. I’ll admit that I’m not a fan of Geohot, his methods or his complete lack of manners, but as you can see, he has high friends in places.
Anyway, expect the PSN to go down soon.
Last Updated: April 4, 2011