Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Apr 2011 23:07 UTC
Legal "The hacker hordes of Anonymous have transferred their fickle attention to Sony. They are currently attacking the company's online Playstation store in retribution for Sony's lawsuit against PS3 hacker George Hotz. A denial of service attack has temporarily taken down"
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RE[4]: Meh... except for this
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 5th Apr 2011 19:55 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Meh... except for this"
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"Bingo. There's a right way and a wrong way to protest things. Virtual vandalism

Vandalism means damaging property that isn't yours. Anonymous isn't damaging anything. In fact, Sony has damaged other people's property by removing OtherOS support - so Sony are the vandals here.

Exactly, well said, Thom.

Actual vandalism: Keying, egging putting a dent in someone's car, or probably even worse, putting water or sugar in their gas tank. Breaking the windows out of someone's car or house. Breaking into their computers and deleting/modifying stuff and inserting malware of any kind. The Sony Rootkit... now THAT was a prime example of virtual vandalism, and it opened unsuspecting buyers of Sony CDs to some serious security vulnerabilities. Notice that all of these things actually cause *damage*, real damage, and in the case of physical damage... it can take a lot of money to repair.

Temporary inconvenience: Overloading Sony's servers for a short time to get back at them for suing one of their users, and trying to show them that they're not going to take that kind of attitude as paid users. What's it hurt? Well, Sony's servers deny their users service for a while until someone steps in to correct it, or the DDoSers stop attacking, and... boom, service is up and running again, nothing changed. No files were modified, no hardware damaged; they simply stressed the system for a short while.

Big, big difference there. I can't just look at a broken window or damaged paint/body job and expect that with time it's fixed... it just doesn't work that way. Expect to pay hundreds of dollars in actual damage for something like that to get fixed.

If giving some other server a DoS is vandalism, then Slashdot should have been sued to hell and back by now because of their infamous Slashdot effect.

Edited 2011-04-05 20:07 UTC

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