Anonymous goes on to imply that this was perhaps a smear campaign initiated by a company like HBGary or even people working on behalf of our government. I suspect it was more likely a campaign by rival hackers – possibly even Backtrace Security, a splinter group of Anons who are unhappy about the serious political turn the group has taken and want to get back to more juvenile pursuits. Or maybe just your usual gang of Eastern European cyber thieves.
But back to Sony. What were they thinking, exactly? That throwing suspicion onto Anonymous would get them off the hook? What’s more likely is that this will further stoke the ire of that collective, which if it hasn’t hacked Sony’s networks surely will be thinking about giving it a go. So far, nothing embarrassing has emerged from the Sony hack attacks, save for clear evidence of Sony’s ineptitude. Expect that to change if Anonymous starts digging in.
If you think you’ve been bitten by a rabid dog, the one thing you don’t want to do is walk over and kick the dog. Seems like common sense to me. But that may be more than we can expect from Sony.