On December 28th, Anonymous announced by way of the YouTube video you see above that they would be moving to attack Sony’s network. The cause for the decision to attack the company? Sony’s support of the Stop Online Piracy Act, or, as it’s perhaps more commonly known, SOPA.
Here’s the bit of text from the video’s description if you’re finding the text-to-speech above a little hard to follow:
It has come to the attention of the Anonymous activist community that you have chosen to stand by the Stop Online Piracy Act. This act will halt online businesses and restrict access to many sites for many users. Supporting SOPA is like trying to throw an entire company from off a bridge. Your support to the act is a signed death warrant to SONY Company and Associates. Therefore, yet again, we have decided to destroy your network. We will dismantle your phantom from the internet. Prepare to be extinguished. Justice will be swift, and it will be for the people, whether some like it or not. Sony, you have been warned. [sic]
In the video’s description on YouTube, Anonymous clarified that it does not intend to attack the PlayStation Network portion of Sony’s operations. Here’s the line in question:
I think people misunderstood: DID WE SAY WE WERE HACKING PSN??! We’re hacking the SONY network and exploiting its servers. NOT PLAYSTATION NETWORK. If I see any comments again, I’m deleting it…just like SOPA would do.
How these attacks will be felt remains unseen. That, we suppose, will come soon. Until then, we’ll be sure to keep you updated.
GamesIndustry.biz noted in their post concerning this story that Sony has, apparently, pulled support for SOPA. Several of Sony’s subsidiaries, however, are listed in the documents concerning those that support SOPA.