Anonymous says it did not hack Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN), but acknowledges cyber activists acting on their own accord could have pwned the Japanese-based corporation.
"While it could be the case that other Anons have acted by themselves, AnonOps was not related to this incident and does not take responsibility for whatever has happened,” the group explained in an audio communiqué.
“A more likely explanation is that Sony is taking advantage of Anonymous previous ill will towards the company, to distract users from the fact that the outage is actually an internal problem with the company’s servers.”
As TG Daily previously reported, Anonymous has repeatedly denied involvement in recent hack and extract operations that compromised the personal details of millions and downed the PSN.
"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 reiterated on May 5, 2011.
"While we are a distributed and decentralized group, our 'leadership' does not condone credit card theft."
However, it should be noted that Sony claims it was defending itself against DDoS attacks when the enigmatic hackers infiltrated their networks.
In addition, the company said a file named "Anonymous" with the text "We Are Legion" had been left behind by the intruders as a digital calling card.
"Whether those who participated in the denial-of-services attacks were conspirators or whether they were simply duped into providing cover for a very clever thief, we may never know,” the company wrote in a recent letter to Congress.