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Anonymous to "destroy" Sony network

Internet activists turn attention to Sony over SOPA support

Anonymous, the notorious online anarchist group, has released a video stating its intention to attack Sony over its support for the Stop Online Piracy Act.

In the video, posted on YouTube on December 28, the group said that Sony had signed its own death warrant by supporting the controversial American act.

"Yet again, we have decided to destroy your network," threatens the video.

"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."

The post was updated with an image of a dog with a gun to its head, with the following message.

"Dear RIAA/MPAA, meet Sony. Sony is a dog. Sony is your dog."

"Cease and desist in persuing [SIC] your ridiculous futile decade long crusades against grandmas, innovators, teenagers, and dead people. If not we will kill your dog."

PlayStation Lifestyle reported that the #OpSony group within Anonymous has said that while Sony Computer Entertainment is a target the activists will not attack the PlayStation Network or consumers, instead focusing on Sony websites and employees.

Sony has actually withdrawn from supporting SOPA, although Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Music Nashville are still listed in official documents as supporters, and the ESA, of which Sony is a member, still backs the anti-piracy bill.

In April attacks on the PlayStation Network took the service offline for over five weeks.

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Rachel Weber: Rachel Weber has been with GamesIndustry since 2011 and specialises in news-writing and investigative journalism. She has more than five years of consumer experience, having previously worked for Future Publishing in the UK.
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