Hacker Collective Blames Sony For Scapegoating
Anonymous, the online hacktivist collective, are the top of everyone's suspect list as the organisation behind recent "external intrusions" that have caused the Playstation Network to shut down. However, they've recently released a public statement denying all responsibility, after doing so several times via email and IRC.
As mentioned in previous coverage, Anonymous is a broadly leaderless collective rather than a bona fide organisation, and the statement suggests that the core Anon Ops was not involved but that "it could be the case that other anons have acted by themselves." It's equally likely that an unaffiliated group are behind the intrusions (and saw Anonymous' earlier aborted attempt as proof that it was possible). Anonymous, on the other hand, believes that Sony are using them as a scapegoat to draw attention away from the possibility that the PSN outage has been caused by avoidable internal problems.
Sony are hard at work "rebuilding the system" as we speak, and we'll bring you more as we hear it,