Hacking Group Denies Blame for Sony PlayStation Network Breach
Anonymous denies hacking Sony's PlayStation network.
"For Once We Didn't Do It."
The phrase, writ large on the hacking group Anonymous' AnonOps website, announced to the world that the security breach that has kept Sony's PlayStation network offline since last Wednesday was not Anonymous' fault.
Sony turned off its PlayStation network and Qriocity services -- used to facilitate audio for PlayStation 3 gaming -- after the networks were compromised on April 20 by "an external intrusion," Sony wrote on its PlayStation blog.
Pointing the finger at Anonymous might be a fair assumption -- earlier this month, the hacking collective launched "OpSony ," which brought down several PlayStation 3 websites. The attack was in retaliation for Sony's legal pursuit of George Hotz, who published the details of his PS3 hack last year on his website, geohot.com.
Anonymous believes "Sony is taking advantage of Anonymous' previous ill will towards the company," to cover what Anonymous said is "actually an internal problem" with Sony's servers.
Sony said it is working to "resolve this situation quickly," and is rebuilding its network to guard against future security breaches. There is currently no timetable as to when PlayStation's more than 75 million customers will be able to get back to competitive online gaming.
It is not yet known if users' personal information or credit card numbers have been accessed as a result of the breach, PCWorld reported.