Anonymous ceases attacks on PlayStation Network

Chris Greenhough

On Monday, 'hacktivist' group Anonymous revealed it was targeting Sony for its treatment of PS3 hacker George Hotz. Later that day, DDOS attacks on the PlayStation Network took down the gaming service temporarily. Sony has since revealed PSN was attacked by 'an outside party'.

While that won't have pleased Sony, it also pissed off a lot of innocent gamers, who vented their rage at Anonymous across forums and social networks. That's... not quite the result Anonymous was angling for.

Hence, after receiving a ton of negative press from this, the group has decided to change tack. In a statement from the hacker group, it revealed it would no longer be targeting PSN as it wanted to avoid crapping on gamers:

"We realize that targeting the PSN is not a good idea. We have therefore temporarily suspended our action, until a method is found that will not severely impact Sony customers. Anonymous is on your side, standing up for your rights. We are not aiming to attack customers of Sony. This attack is aimed solely at Sony, and we will try our best to not affect the gamers, as this would defeat the purpose of our actions. If we did inconvenience users, please know that this was not our goal."

[Via Gamespot]