Anonymous targets Sony over SOPA
Cyber activists purportedly associated with the Anonymous collective have targeted Sony for supporting the controversial "anti-piracy" act known as SOPA.
"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," the group claimed in an online communiqué and accompanying YouTube video.
"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."
Anonymous also pledged to focus its "fury" on a number of celebrities for their endorsement of SOPA, including Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift.
"To those doubting our powers: we've infiltrated the servers of Bank of America, The United States Department of Defense, The United Nations, and Lockheed Martin. In one day. Supporters of SOPA, you should've expected us," the group added.
Of course, this is hardly the first time Sony has been targeted by hackers. In April, a hack and extract operation against the PlayStation Network (PSN) compromised the personal information of millions of users and forced the service offline for weeks.
Although Anonymous subsequently denied responsibility for the massive data breach, the collective did acknowledge that cyber activists acting on their own accord could have pwned the Japanese-based corporation.