Hang it up, kiss it good-bye, find another line of work. These are all good options for Sony and its executives now that the company has angered the Anonymous beast.
It was bad enough that the PlayStation Network fell down and couldn't get up last month. It was worse that Sony waited five days to tell anyone what had happened, and worse still that hackers had stolen 77 million PSN accounts.
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Then Sony revealed that its PC gaming network, Sony Online Entertainment, was also hacked, releasing another 25 million or so accounts into the wild. It turns out that Sony was using outdated, flawed security software. What a surprise.
But the biggest mistake was yet to come: Sony then wrote a letter to Congress and pointed the finger of blame at Anonymous for the hacks, even though they did not fit the pattern of Anonymous attacks, which have been well documented over the past two years.
Anonymous vehemently denied taking any part in those attacks. But you know it wasn't done. Sure enough, now comes word via IRC channels that someone (and one has to assume it's the Anons) is planning a major takedown of Sony this weekend. Per Cnet's Erica Ogg:
An observer of the Internet Relay Chat channel used by the hackers told CNET today that a third major attack is planned this weekend against Sony's Web site. The people involved plan to publicize all or some of the information they are able to copy from Sony's servers, which could include customer names, credit card numbers, and addresses, according to the source. The hackers claim they currently have access to some of Sony's servers.