Hackers have been causing repeated havoc on Sony networks over the last month, but the devastation is a product of their own making according to a hacker intimately intertwined with the company.
George Hotz, a hacker that Sony recently sued, said that the company was essentially asking to be attacked with what he describes as a mix of hubris and defiance towards the hacker community.
The fault lies with the executives who declared a war on hackers, laughed at the idea of people penetrating the fortress that once was Sony, whined incessantly about piracy, and kept hiring more lawyers when they really needed to hire good security experts, Hotz said in his official blog. Alienating the hacker community is not a good idea.
For weeks Sony has been in the crosshairs on digital vigilantes, forcing the company to shut down several services and issue public apologies and reparations to customers affected.
In April Sony was forced to take down its massive Playstation gaming network after attackers infiltrated and acquired personal data on nearly 80 million customers -- one of the largest security breaches in history.
Services have yet to be restored as the company wants to test the system's strength in these respects.
Then, on Monday, Sony learned SOE, which runs games such as DC Universe Online, had also been attacked, affecting an additional 24 million accounts.
The origins spur from a lawsuit brought against a hardware Hotz, who for months have been posting exploits of the Playstation 3 system onto his personal website.
In perusing Hotz and those who gained access to his information, Sony teamed with Internet Service Providers, Paypal and even YouTube to gain access to the IP addresses of users who viewed the content.
That move became a rallying cry for hackers to organize and take aim at the Japanese giant, decrying what it saw to be gross violations of digital privacy.
One group, calling it self Anonymous, said that the move was just the beginning and that it would not forgive the company for its privacy invasion.
Where the judicial system has failed, Anonymous will persevere, by standing up for the rights of everyone, not just those who dared to challenge these corporations, the group said on April 14, calling its members to action.
But of the havoc following the company since the first spat with Hotz, the hacker says that he is not involved.
To anyone who thinks I was involved in any way with this, I'm not crazy, and would prefer to not have the FBI knocking on my door, he said.