Despite a press release sent out a couple days ago by the hacker group known as Anonymous, denying involvement in Sony’s recent security intrusions, it seems that at least some of their members have reservations about the firm denial which the group has shown thus far.
Speaking with the Financial Times, a couple of members opted to point the finger within, claiming that members would’ve had the knowledge to perform such an attack.
Sony had mentioned while speaking to congress that the hackers who penetrated their PlayStation Network had left behind a file titled “Anonymous” which contained just the text, “we are legion,” a fragment from an Anonymous slogan which states, “We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.”
Anonymous members responded by outright denying any involvement with the breach of PlayStationNnetwork, claiming that identity theft and the theft of credit card information are not goals of the group. The group’s goals they claimed, were to expose corporate crimes and retaliate against corporations who commit said crimes.
Now, some members have stepped forward, claiming that PSN breach was likely caused by someone who had knowledge of Anonymous’ movements with respect to OpSony, a publicly announced operation to disrupt Sony’s services. One anon claims that he saw technical details of a vulnerability in Sony’s network shortly before Sony’s information was compromised. He went on to state that the hacker who broke through Sony’s defenses was supporting OpSony’s movements.
Another veteran anon, who had participated in the hacking of security firm HBGary Federal, said that blame is difficult to absolve from the group because of their decentralized structure.
“If you say you are Anonymous, and do something as Anonymous, then Anonymous did it. Just because the rest of Anonymous might not agree with it, doesn’t mean Anonymous didn’t do it.”
Unfortunately, their decentralized structure also means that differing views on how blame should be cast are also present. A spirit of denouncing the data theft seems to be a common theme among members.
“So it’s Anon’s work. But you can’t blame the whole collective for what one or two guys do. We’re a gathering of anonymous activists, not some scary organised hacking group. It was uncalled for this early in the fight.”
Anonymous has been very vocal about their planned attacks on Sony’s services in retaliation for the way that Sony handled George Hotz’ hacking of the PlayStation 3. Furthermore, the group has pledged to continue its campaign against Sony even after the company’s services go back online.
Meanwhile, suspicions in the group seem to point to definitive responsibility of members who were participating in OpSony.
“Of course, the ones behind Operation Sony started denying everything when FBI and Homeland security was put on the case … because they were afraid they were going to get caught … A few operators disappeared.”
Are these damning accounts proof that members of Anonymous were part of the PSN information theft, or just the musings of members who believe anything is possible with the decentralized hacking group?
Source: Financial Times