Sony and George Hotz, the hacker who jailbroke the PS3, reached a settlement that ends Sony’s multizillion dollar claim against the 21-year-old rapper provided he never screws with their stuff ever again. End of controversy, right? Well, someone failed to clear this with Anonymous, self-appointed sheriff of Internet privacy and free expression.
Anonymous, which has been attacking annoying Sony websites since early last week, says the campaign will go on – and that includes in-person protests called for this Saturday at Sony stores.
That video above was uploaded yesterday, but given that the hacktivist collective has, deliberately, no leadership or command structure, it’s hard to tell if this is something that truly has wide support among those who identify with the group or participate in its actions. Some past calls for protest or action have been shouted down from within as overzealous newcomers acting outside of the Anonymous mainstream, whatever that is.
And if Anons do show up at Sony stores in Guy Fawkes masks, I’m not sure how one would expect the patrons to connect that show to the company’s alleged awfulness, or its brutal repression of the human right to run Linux on a PS3.