… Whether those who participated in the denial of services attacks were conspirators or whether they were simply duped into providing cover for a very clever thief, we may never know. In any case, those who participated in the denial of service attacks Should understand that - whether they knew it or not - they were aiding in a well planned, well executed, large-scale theft that left not only Sony a victim, but also Sony's many customers around the world.
First let me stipulate that it’s impossible to discuss with any accuracy the behavior of a shadowy collective whose center is everywhere and nowhere, and which claims legions of members, none identifiable by face or name.
Having said that, the PSN and SOE hacks do not fit the MO of Anonymous as we have seen it over the past couple of years – most notably, in its thorough pwnership of HBGary Federal last February.
When Anonymous hacks something, they generally want the world to know about it. They deface the Web site, usually with a blisteringly articulate letter ridiculing the site’s owners. They dig into company secrets and spill them across the InterWebs. They are not quiet.
Here’s one thing Anonymous doesn’t generally do: Hide files with cute little catchphrases in them for the victim to find. That’s way too coy for those guys. This file seems pretty clearly designed as a red herring to throw the clueless (that would be you, Sony) off the track.
And that is what Anonymous says in its 900-word response, posted today on Daily Kos. Among other things, the Anonymous spokesperson writes:
Whoever broke into Sony's servers to steal the credit card info and left a document blaming Anonymous clearly wanted Anonymous to be blamed for the most significant digital theft in history. No one who is actually associated with our movement would do something that would prompt a massive law enforcement response. On the other hand, a group of standard online thieves would have every reason to frame Anonymous in order to put law enforcement off the track.