No doubt the attack on PSN will go down as a significant moment in gaming history. While the attack itself was certainly an annoying time, and dangerous for those with personal information on their accounts, for gamers – the reaction on Sony‘s part may be more widely remembered.
Lack of responses, active aggression against the hackers, and other moments have painted Sony as incompetent in some player’s eyes. However, those affected by the attack may be happy to hear that some of the supposed hackers may have been apprehended.
Police in Spain said that they have arrested three men yesterday – who are suspected of hacking into PSN, as well as various government websites around the world. The police said that the three were the leaders of the local division of Internet group Anonymous, who initially denied any involvement in the attack. Of course, there was later some dissension within the group in regards to that claim, so whether or not these three are even involved with the group at all is debatable.
One of the three arrested was in possession of a computer server that was believed to have attacked the Sony website. It was also supposedly used in attacking two Spanish banks, an Italian energy company, and government sites in Algeria, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Libya, Iran, Spain, and New Zealand. The three have since been released without bail, pending formal charges. They were expected to be charged with forming a group to attack public and corporate websites – which would’ve earned them three years in prison.
Though it’s not clear just what role they had in the PSN attack, if any at all, it should be noted that these three are not associated with Sony’s current problem, LulzSec, in the slightest. It’s not even 100% clear if they’re associated with Anonymous, despite claims that they are. Due to Anonymous’ ambiguous nature, anyone can say that they’re a part of the group. In other words, it’s best to take this information with a grain of salt.
Do you think these guys had a hand in the PSN attack? Does this paint Anonymous as the true culprits?
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Source: New York Times