Los Angeles – The hacker group Anonymous has begun targeting
sites operated by Sony’s (NYSE: SNE) games unit, in response to what it says are abuses of
the judicial system related to Sony’s lawsuit against a hacker who cracked the
PlayStation 3, according to reports.
Sites downed included Sony.com,
SonyStyle.com and US.PlayStation.com.
"We are currently investigating,
including the possibility of targeted behavior of an outside party," Sony
"If this is indeed caused by such an act, we want to once again
thank our customers who have borne the brunt of the attack through interrupted
service. Our engineers are working to restore and maintain the services, and we
appreciate our customers’ continued support."
Interestingly, Anonymous said later
that it suspended attacks on Sony’s PlayStation Network, so that gamers
would not become upset with the hacker group interrupting their online play.
addition to Sony’s websites, Ars Technica reports that Anonymous appears to
also be targeting Sony executives, including Sony Computer Entertainment
America head Jack Tretton, and Sony Corp. head Sir Howard Stringer.