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Nintendo, Sony Stop Supporting SOPA After Anonymous Threats

By William Usher 2011-12-30 16:33:13 discussion comments
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Reports are coming in that Nintendo has quietly backed out of supporting SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). Sony has also backed down, and it's allegedly because of further threats against the PSN from online hacking group, Anonymous.

According to Geek, Nintendo is no longer supporting the SOPA act. Reasons for dropping out of the committee was not explained nor did the company have any fancy PR spiel to douse about on the issue.

Over at GamingBolt they picked up on comments made by infamous hacking group Anonymous about how they'll attack Sony if they continue to support the SOPA act because they don't "forgive" or "forget". The statement from Anonymous is as follows...

Hello, SONY.

We are Anonymous.

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.

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.

For their approval to SOPA, we have also declared that our fury be brought upon the following persons. Justin Bieber. Lady Gaga. Kim Kardashian. and Taylor Swift. Operation Blackout, engaged.
Operation Mayhem, engaged.
Operation LulzXmas, engaged.
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Supporters of SOPA, you should’ve expected us.”

Sounds like something written by 10 year olds and proofread by their parents. Anyways, the threat basically seems moot given that I'm sure Sony and Nintendo heard about GoDaddy backtracking on their support for SOPA after they lost thousands and thousands of service users with registered domains on the GoDaddy network. The Anonymous threat just kind of pops up in conjunction with the news. In addition to this, only the Sony music division is on the SOPA list, not Sony Computer Entertainment.

Sony was, however, targeted earlier this year by a hacking group which caused a major outage to the PlayStation Network, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars lost over the span of a few months.

It will be interesting to see what happens from here.
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