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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Anonymous Going After Sony

The hacker group anonymous has recently expressed that they are giving their undivided attention to taking down Sony websites using DDoS attacks as a form of protest.


The image to the right is their call to action and  basically explains that they are going after Sony due to the companies recent legal action against GeoHot and Graf_Chokolo.  

It goes on to explain that Sony actions are an abuse of the judicial system in an attempt to censor information on how their products work.

So why is Anonymous going after Sony? Well from my understanding its basically because Sony is acting stupid and blowing things way out of proportion. Their not only censoring freely distributed information that in no way harms their business practices, they’re also going after the IP address of everyone who visited, either just to look or to download the code. You have the right to do whatever you want when you buy a piece of hardware, if Sony can go after GeoHot now it’s only a matter of time before more companies start acting un-rationally toward their more curious customers. The fact of the matter is that GeoHot didn’t sell anything, he didn’t sell pirated code or software of any kind. He made zero profit and only tried to educate users on the internals of Sony’s software.

The question of whether or not you really own your tech was supposedly answered when the courts rejected Apple’s claims that jailbreaking an iPhone is illegal, not to mention that Microsoft lost a claim that is almost identical to the one Sony is making toward GeoHot regarding the DMCA.

Sony is drastically overstepping their bounds in my opinion, by going after, and actually getting the court to agree to allow their lawyers access to all’s visitors IP address, in and of itself unbelievable. But the fact that this case hasn’t been  thrown out by the courts is even more alarming.

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