Operation Sony

Operation Sony

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Updated Dec 16, 2011 at 04:25PM EST by Brad.

Added May 09, 2011 at 01:25PM EDT by Brad.

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In January 2011, Sony Computer Entertainment filed a lawsuit against American hacker George Hotz (handle: GeoHot, best known for “jailbreaking” iPhone) for exposing the root key to a PlayStation 3 machine, which allowed users to develop and play unofficial, homemade games. Then in late February 2011, another PS3 veteran hacker Egorenkov (a.k.a Graf_Chokolo) was raided by the German police and subsequently sued by Sony for publishing the findings of his research on PS3’s security loopholes.

Infuriated by Sony’s legal actions against the two hackers, a contingent within Anonymous networks began attacking Sony-branded websites on April 2nd, 2011.

Notable Developments

  • December 29th, 2010: George Hotz and the rest of hacker collective fail0verflow announce they have retrieved the root key of Sony’s PlayStation 3 console at the 29th Chaos Communications Conference.
  • January 3rd, 2011: George Hotz publishes his findings on his website geohot.com.
  • January 11th, 2011: Sony Computer Entertainment America files a lawsuit against George Hotz and other members of fail0verflow for contributing to the release of PlayStation 3’s root key.

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They were mad that They Bought a machine from Sony, and they weren’t allowed to Modify the hardware or software at will. Homebrew has never been illegal. Nor should it ever be. Sony was being paranoid that this would lead to game piracy, but all those two were trying to do was Get the most out of the machines that People have bought.
and this isn’t a meme, but there should be a “News Letter” portion of NYM

Chris Burket
Chris Burket

anonymous logic

“we will fight for rights to privacy by exposing people’s confidentiality”
“we will fight for property rights by attacking people’s property”
“we will fight against greed and corruption by stealing credit card information”
“we will fight for freedom of speech by hacking the sites of people who disagree with us”
“we will fight for the rights of customers by knocking down the online service, which they all use, for a month”


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