Some Of The PS3 Hackers May Be Turning On Themselves

It's believed that members of Anonymous, a group of hackers and activists, are behind the attacks on the PlayStation Network. While the group's "leaders" have dismissed these claims, the fact they're seen as "leaders" at all may have become a bit of a problem.

According to a report on website thinq_, a splinter group has spun off from Anonymous and brought down two of the hackers' websites, in protest over the actions of a "leadership cabal" that's formed amongst the activists.

While originally conceived as a democratic, leaderless mass, these purported rebels said that Anonymous' top brass have now "crossed the barrier, involving themselves in a leadership role", which is "not how things were set up".

One of these rebels, "Ryan", said that media coverage of Anonymous' actions in support of Wikileaks and torrent sites inflated the group's egos, and led them to begin operations not in the name of a cause, but simply to grab headline space.

"I was never a fan of OpSony", another rebel, "Garrett", said, referring to Anonymous' original campaign against Sony which led to... not much. "They just like seeing things destroyed."

Interestingly, "Garrett" doesn't believe the Anonymous leadership were behind the PSN attacks, saying "Even if they were, it was planned behind closed doors. No one's going to admit to that. It's way too hardcore. The FBI will be involved. I doubt if that will ever come out."

While Anonymous' "leaders" have denied conducting the attacks which brought down the PSN, the fact it's a rag-tag bunch of activists has many people believing members of the group were responsible, whether "leadership" approved or not.

Exclusive: AnonOps splinter group speaks out [thinq_]


    Sony has changed. It's no longer about nations, ideologies, or ethnicity. It's an endless series of excuses told by lawyers and machines. Sony - and its consumption of life - has become a well-oiled PR machine. Sony has changed. CC-tagged accounts carry CC-tagged home addresses, use CC-tagged phone numbers. Nanomachines inside their bodies enhance and regulate their abilities. Genetic control. Information control. Emotion control. Bank account control. Everything is monitored and kept under control. Sony has changed. The age of deterrence has become the age of control... All in the name of averting catastrophe from keyboards of mass destruction. And he who controls the bank accounts... controls history. Sony has changed. When the bank account is under total control... Sony becomes routine.

    Im Spartacus.

    this was not the work of anonymous, maybe members of anonymous did it but it wasnt done by anonymous, they didnt band together to do it therefore it wasnt done by them. Anon has not got any "leaders", if anon does something they would voice the idea to the community then band together to do it.
    and the fact that they didnt band together means that they didnt do it. some members could have gone out of their way to do it.

    Its like saying the Police are responsible for serial killings when a cop is found responsible.

    /b/ forever

    Anonymous DDoS attacks... Itself?

    I hope they all get into a big circle, play with themselves, and become friends again.
    It is so said to see nerds arguing.

    Call me jaded after this whole thing, but while it's nice to hear some hackers have some intelligence or sense of reason, I'm not convinced they're enough to offset the morons that don't.

    Who says that Anon are behind the PS3 attack, other than Sony?

      Well seeing as they attacked them recently, and were also recently protesting in front of their stores, it makes them look pretty guilty

    Total internal destruction would be hilarious.

      we could also have our first ever revolt against leadership in an organisation with no leadership

    Ah yes "hackers." We have dismissed these claims.

    Couldn't help it, I can't read the words "dismissed" and "claim" in the same sentence anymore it would seem without thinking of Mass Effect.

    when a snake eats its own tail...

    I wonder if this has anything to do with that thread last night.

    No Honor amoung theives.....HA - thanks Ryan - keep publishing those IP addresses.....

    “They just like seeing things destroyed.”

    Really? Never would've picked that.

    The idea of the group splintering worries me though; all we need is two separate groups of malicious hackers (both declaring their cause to be a reighteous one) basically launching into some kind of Internet holy war. It'd be almost certain to spill over and affect others who have no part in their infighting.

      The 'group' was never a whole to start with.

      What is happening is that Anonymous attacked Sony, then some people claimed they were the 'leaders' of Anonymous, and now Anonymous is attacking them for making such silly claims.

    Having been playing System Shock recently I can't escape the wonderful thought of SHODAN somehow pulling their strings and turning them in on themselves... *smiles*

    What I find amusing is that this guy is probably just a bitter nerd. When Anon themselves have verified they didn't do it.
    Now if only Anon would attack Stormfront.
    The Neo-Nazi pigs.

    I find it funny and curious that the FBI or whoever is actually looking into the hackings haven't actually found anyone or anything as yet, publicly at least.

    They say the FBI hire hackers who pose a threat to work for them, maybe even blackmail them with jail time.

    I find the lack of actually finding who is responsible more interesting so than that the lack of getting the PSN up and running again.

    As for Anonymous, I find them more to be a belief system. Something others believe in or have similar opinions on what they stand for - like a faith. I wouldn't say everyone who could be classified as part of Anonymous or is Anonymous is a hacker. I'm probably wrong, but from what I have read or do now, they don't seem to be a bunch of people who know each other branding together as a cult.

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