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Sony online communities hacked


Playstation and other online communities have been hacked. Probably millions of credit cards stolen. PR crisis anyone?

A message to Sony from Anonymous
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on 02-04-2011 01:08 PM

Dear Greedy Mother*****ers SONY,

Congratulations! You are now receiving the attention of Anonymous. Your recent legal actions against fellow internet citizens, GeoHot and Graf_Chokolo have been deemed an unforgivable offense against free speech and internet freedom, primary sources of free lulz (and you know how we feel about lulz.)

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 sharing  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.

As for the “judges” and complicit legal entities who have enabled these cowards: You are no better than SONY itself in our eyes and remain guilty of undermining the well-being of the populace and subverting your judicial mandate.
 
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not Forgive.
We do not Forget.
Expect us.
o_P

If you are the community host YOU are responsible for protecting members online. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in play. Also, the consumer now has the same tools that big companies have – these guys are shutting down Sony, using community tools, as a response to the corporates shutting them down using corporate tools.

There are no excuses. Hackers shouldnt hack, and Sony should protect it’s members. Full stop. What say you?

UPDATE: while the note above is from a hack a fortnight ago, and Anonymous said today that it’s not them but might be individual members of their community working independently, that double damns Sony. How can you be hacked TWICE in one month? Get responsive, fast.
Thanks @oliyoung for the note.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

6 thoughts on “Sony online communities hacked

  1. Wow, this is excellent! It seems just a little too easy to hack Sony! I think people will always hack, it’s human nature to be curious about anything that is supposed to be ‘secret’. Whether it’s sealed in a box or encoded onto Blu-ray. Like you said, it’s Sony’s responsibility to protect its online members. Maybe what they neglected to do was to keep updates regular so they kept one step ahead of hackers(?). Very unfortunate for the people whose details are compromised, but a slap in the face to Sony from a p***ed off hacker.

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