Apparently Sony has decided to pick on an easy target for its latest data breach
: Anonymous. Sony is claiming it found a file named "Anonymous" on the server
, with the non-group's phrase "We are Legion" in the file:
"The attacks were coordinated against Sony for exercising its rights in a civil action in the United States District Court in San Francisco against a hacker," Sony chairman Kazuo Hirai said in the letter.
"What is becoming more and more evident is that Sony has been the victim of a very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack designed to steal personal and credit card information for illegal purposes."
Of course, those two sentences don't seem to match. Anonymous isn't known (at all) for trying to steal credit card information for criminal purposes. Its entire purpose is more along the lines of vigilante protests. Also, Anonymous may be the easiest "group" in the world to frame. Because it's not a group and anyone and everyone can be a part of it, you just put a file named "Anonymous" somewhere along with the phrase "We are Legion" and clueless dupes assume it was "the" Anonymous rather than a bunch of organized crime hackers searching for credit card details. It very well could have been an Anonymous operation, but it seems like Sony should have a bit more proof before making such a definitive statement on the matter.