Anonymous Targets Sony Employees
A group related to the “hacktivist” group Anonymous has taken its attack on Sony a step further, gathering the personal details of Sony employees, as well as the firm’s legal team and the judge involved in the PS3 hacking lawsuit.
Yesterday we reported that the increasingly political hacking group had Sony in its sights, launching Operation Sony, a coordinated campaign of DDOS attacks on Sony websites. The Sony Recon group, however, says it is gathering the personal information of “useful targets”, PlayStation Lifestyle reports.
Among those targets is Robert S. Wiesenthal, a group executive at Sony Corp. His marital status, age, address, education and family history have all been discovered and shared among the group, which is also targeting Howard Stringer, chairman, president and CEO of Sony Corp. One user asked on IRC: “No one found ANY info on Stringer’s kids?”
Sony Recon also deems as suitable targets those involved in the PS3 hacking lawsuits currently being brought against George “Geohot” Hotz, Graf Chokolo and up to 100 unnamed members of the fail0verflow group, with Sony Recon founder Randomtask posting to say: “Sony, the judge and Sony’s lawyers are all valid targets.”
Noted PS3 hacker Kakarotoks posted on Twitter to say he had spoken to Randomtask, and was assured that Sony Recon did not intend to carry out any personal attacks on the people whose details they discover, insisting that it was focused on “gathering information that is already publicly available, in the hope of finding something incriminating to help in the lawsuit. Anonymous is against violence or threatening/attacking people. He says nothing illegal is being done.”
Anonymous is targeting Sony for its conduct in its moves to shore up PS3 security after the device was hacked late last year. The group accused Sony of having “abused the judicial system in an attempt to censor information on how your products work… You have victimised your own customers merely for possessing and sharing information, and continue to target every person who seeks this information. In doing so you have violated the privacy of thousands.”
Source: PlayStation Lifestyle / Twitter