Anonymous doesn't support things like normal people do. No bake sales, charity walks, or long-winded, short-tempered message board flame wars. Anonymous has only one speed, and it's a picture of someone's exposed throat. That much was obvious in the shadowy conglomerate's recent
defense of PS3 hacker George “Geohot” Hotz
, which resulted in PlayStation Network outages almost instantaneously. Now, though, Anonymous has decided to back off. Sony, it seems, has survived the battle, but Anonymous was quick to add that the war's far from over.
“We realize that targeting the PSN is not a good idea. We have therefore temporarily suspended our action, until a method is found that will not severely impact Sony customers,” the group
said on its news site
“Anonymous is on your side, standing up for your rights. We are not aiming to attack customers of Sony. This attack is aimed solely at Sony, and we will try our best to not affect the gamers, as this would defeat the purpose of our actions. If we did inconvenience users, please know that this was not our goal.”
And, of course, who could forget the Anon offshoot that's popping off shots at
? “OpSony,” as the main group is known, was quick to clarify that the offshoot is just that. Two sides of the same coin, perhaps, but one's a president and the other's a half-melted piece of chocolate.
Sony, meanwhile, has
significantly revised its stance
on the matter – going from “er, um, uh nothing to see here; move along” to considering “the possibility of targeted behavior of an outside party.”
“If this is indeed caused by such 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,” said the console-maker.
So, that's that – for now. Obviously, however, this is far from over. Fingers crossed that cooler heads prevail, because we've seen Anon in “stirred hornet's nest” mode and Sony in “you get a lawsuit, you get a lawsuit, and you get a lawsuit” mode. Put those two together, and it won't be pretty.