After GoDaddy, it seems it is Nintendo and Sony's turn to back out of supporting the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Both companies earlier figured in the House Judiciary committee's list of SOPA supporters. Now, however, Nintendo has quietly disappeared from the list and while Sony's music divisions remain, its computer division no longer supports SOPA, according to Geek report.
This has not impressed the hackers collective Anonymous, which has vowed to destroy all SOPA supporters. The organization is reportedly furious over Sony's pro-SOPA stand and has threatened to attack its Play Station Network (PSN).
The collective has released a video, in which they say: 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.
Sony's music and computer-gaming divisions are two separate entities. Interestingly the hackers have targeted the gaming division, which is not officially backing the controversial act. This could worry Sony more because the PSN is vulnerable to hacker attacks.
Sony had a tough time earlier this year, when a hacking group attacked the PSN. It took Sony almost three months and millions of dollars to undo the damage. In this context, it could be foolish on the part of the company to take Anonymous lightly. Moreover, the fate of GoDaddy should be further warning.
The Web site domain registrar, which initially backed SOPA, was forced to backtrack after losing thousands of customers.