PSN and PlayStation websites hit by hackers

Anonymous group targets Sony over alleged treatment of PS3 hacker

Sony websites and PlayStation network both downed as Sony plays PR game.

PSN and Sony’s PlayStation websites have been hit by hackers collective Anonymous, following a threat to take down the Big S’s online services. The group says it is reacting to the alleged treatment of the hacker Geohot, who first worked out how to jailbreak the PS3 and Graf_Chokolo, another hacker being pursued by Sony.

In an open letter, Anonymous said, “You have now received the undivided attention of Anonymous. Your recent legal action against our fellow hackers, Geohot and Graf_Chokolo has not only alarmed us, it has been deemed wholly unforgivable."

Anonymous, which last year took down Amazon and Mastercard as part of its campaign to support the Wikileaks whistle-blowing website, managed to bring down Sony’s online presences in Europe and the US yesterday.

Sony said any outage on PSN was down to, “…sporadic maintenance,” according to the official AskPlayStation Twitter feed. Anonymous’s recent history suggests it will not let Sony off with just this single attack.

Via Cnet and Engadget