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 playstation.com."
Thread beginning with comment 469221
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[3]: Interesting
by WereCatf on Wed 6th Apr 2011 00:22 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting"
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

Well, in a Martin Luther King type of way, it actually does make some sense.

(Please don't misinterpret this comment as suggesting that taking arms against Sony has the same merit as fighting racism.)

Hypothetically, MLK probably would condone DOS attacks too if they helped his cause.

It's true a DOS blocks "legitimate users", just like MLK's human roadblocks, standins, sitins, etc interfere with public activities. For him, it was a way to send a message, peacefully. He could not fight the oppressors directly, he was powerless that way. He fought by forcing others to get involved.


I don't quite believe your argument. MLK's whole intention was to give all those oppressed people real, tangible faces for people to see and to force them to interact with all those people they oppress. The point wasn't to disrupt anything in and of itself, it was merely a side-effect of it. And even then, it was local; it didn't effect any other countries or their residents who can't affect the outcome anyways.

Now, Anonymous's whole point was indeed to disrupt usage and it affects people all around the world, including those who can't do anything about it anyways. And all this while never showing their faces or come out in the open to actually interact with people face-to-face.

I really don't think they're comparable in the least.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[4]: Interesting
by Alfman on Wed 6th Apr 2011 01:06 in reply to "RE[3]: Interesting"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

WereCatf,

"The point wasn't to disrupt anything in and of itself, it was merely a side-effect of it."

That is an interesting point.

In the minds of Anonymous members, was the DDOS against Sony users the ends in and of itself? Or was it the means to push for an ulterior outcome?

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE[5]: Interesting
by WereCatf on Wed 6th Apr 2011 01:13 in reply to "RE[4]: Interesting"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

In the minds of Anonymous members, was the DDOS against Sony users the ends in and of itself?


From all the comments and discussion I've seen it's only been about "vengeance." Of course, I cannot claim that it applies to all of them, there's always individuals in every group, but given the large amount of comments and "discussion" I've witnessed and the sheer malice in them I cannot but get the feeling it's the same for majority of Anon members.

Reply Parent Score: 2