Anonymous: We do not engage in credit card theft

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Anonymous has once again refuted Sony's allegations that it was involved in a recent security breach which brought down the PSN, while compromising the personal information and credit card numbers of millions of subscribers.

As we reported yesterday, Sony wrote a letter to Congress claiming unidentified hackers had left behind a file named "Anonymous" with the text "We Are Legion" as a digital calling card.

Anonymous: We do not engage in credit card theft "Anonymous has never been known to have engaged in credit card theft. If a legitimate and honest investigation into the credit card is conducted, Anonymous will not be found liable," the cyber activist group wrote in a communiqué.

"While we are a distributed and decentralized group, our 'leadership' does not condone credit card theft. [However], we are concerned with erosion of privacy and fair use, the spread of corporate feudalism, the abuse of power and the justifications of executives and leaders who believe themselves immune personally and financially for the actions they undertake in the name of corporations and public office."

Anonymous also noted that many of its corporate and government adversaries have "been known" to lie to the public about their activities.

"HBGary, for instance, was caught lying a number of times to the press, to the public, and to Anonymous itself. CEO Aaron Barr makes a number of untrue statements regarding the intent of his 'research,' claiming for instance that he never tried to sell the information to the FBI when emails acquired soon showed that he had been set to do just that. 



"Executive Karen Burke was also caught lying to Bloomberg about having not seen an incriminating email that she had in fact replied to just a few days before. The US Chamber of Commerce lied about not having seen the criminal proposal created by them for Team Themis; Palantir lied about not having any idea what their employees were up to; Berico publicly denounced a plan that they had actively engaged in creating; etc. There is no corporation in existence will choose the truth when lies are more convenient."

The group added that in contrast to other entities, it would continue to support the concept of transparency and individual liberty.

"[Meanwhile], our adversaries will continue their work in support of secrecy and control... The FBI will continue to investigate us for crimes of civil disobedience while continuing to ignore the crimes planned by major corporations which use their services."