Today was a very weird day. My friend’s son was reading Gameinformer in the backseat of the car after he was picked up from school by my friend. I was in the passenger seat. The son was reading a monthly featurette that is in the magazine on page 19 called, “the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: news with a sarcastic spin.” He was reading the most recent issue that is currently out right now; issue 218, June 2011. It is the issue with characters from the new “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations” game on the front and back cover. He was shocked to find out the actual cause of the Playstation Network outage. He told me it was a group called, “Anonymous.”
I was shocked to hear that as well, because I actually knew the truth and it was not really that hacker group. He passed me the magazine and asked me to read the “Ugly” section. Here is what I read:
“Hacker collective Anonymous has brought down the entire Playstation Network and its Qriocity music service – and it’s still down at the time of this writing. After an open call to hackers to attack the service because it disagrees with the fact that Sony is legally pursuing anyone who runs their own programs on the now-hackable Playstation 3, PSN went down. In response, Sony says it’s keeping the service turned off until it can implement unspecified security measures.”
This newsbyte was truly ugly in itself. That is exactly what did NOT happen. If anyone pays attention to the official Sony PSN press releases on the Playstation Blog at http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/04/22/update-on-playstation-network-qriocity-services/ ; one would find out that the massive outage was caused by Sony themselves, NOT hackers! They discovered an intrusion and decided to completely “turn off” everything related to PSN. I don’t think Sony is “legally pursuing anyone who runs their own programs on the now-hackable Playstation 3.” Sony is legally pursuing anyone involved in Playstation Piracy, a.k.a. PP, and they actively pursued the Hardware genius named, Geohotz, the original “jailbreaker” of the PS3. The Geohotz case was settled out of court and disallowed Geohotz from hacking any future or present Sony products and releasing the information. I really do not think Sony is actively searching the internet for would-be home-brewers and bringing them to court. The only thing true in the 3 sentences the author of the article wrote (in which the actual name of the author is so conveniently left out), is the fact that Sony kept the service off to implement improved security measures.
The secret society that is, “Anonymous,” did not make an open call to hackers. They made a list of demands and threats on youtube.com.
They didn’t even make any threats to the actual Sony PSN login servers too. They believe that Sony is infringing upon the rights and civil liberties of more than just the people involved in the Geohotz case, but others outside of the case, by collecting tracking information and IP addresses of anyone who visited his site and related videos on youtube.com. If you look at the press release that Anonymous made earlier, when the PSN was down and no one knew why, they actively stated, “For once we didn’t do it” The link can be found here: Anon_News_NOT_US.
Anonymous is a type of group that says what they have done and done what they have said. They are a group of elite hacker geniuses and will not allow disinformation about their group to spread rapidly. For about 3 days, Sony allowed the general sheeple PSN fanboy public to do this very act and allowed them to make prejudicial, stereotyped uninformed decisions and opinions on their own without any valid research. A local GameStop (notice the affiliation with Gameinformer) manager *baaa* was even brainwashed; which was ever shocking! GameStop employees always have the correct information and are always right…*cough cough* *shouts, “bullshit” while sneezing at the same time* The manager told me, “if I saw those hackers, I would straight punch them in the face!” in a geeky, glasses wearing Mr. McFroodle type voice. He must have been reading GameMisInformer!
The problem here is a severe case of bad misinformation. The author pulled trigger before the gun was loaded. He or she jumped on this made up story like ants to pancakes with syrup all over and made the same mistake the GameStop manager did. Then again when you think about, when you have 2 fruits from the same poisoned tree, you will end up with 2 contaminated stories. I understand that the column is supposed to have a “sarcastic spin”, but you still have to tell the truth. Gameinformer is considered a major publication. It is sold at several newsstands, electronic stores, and other venues and is distributed regularly to possibly thousands of people through their subscription plans. I believe that they should have responsibility for what they stated and that this can be a form of libel. If you notice the author purposely forgets to put down the actual date of the writing also. They should at least make a correction for this in their next issue or on their website (you cannot currently access this column on their website, for they purposely keep their magazine and internet content separate) because certainly at this time, the author turned into Peter Pan and thought he was in Never Never Land, because he or she certainly used his imagination to write this story.
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