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The Current Sony Predicament

Recently Anonymous launched OpSony the systemic take down of Sony and Sony Computer Entertainment of America’s web sites, in the defense of a hacker named GeoHot ( and requested the IP (Internet Provider) Addresses of any one that has visited his website and watched his videos. There was a question posed recently that I feel is a legitimate question too be posed to the general public, are DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) Attacks on web sites a legitimate form of protest? Let’s look at it this way people in the US have been performing Boycotts since 1830, which involves a group of people making a resounding effort to not participate in the purchase of goods and services from a particular entity whether it be a Governmental Agency, or a Commercial Entity too correct a wrong that was committed.  In today’s society and the world-wide economy that we live in it is virtually impossible to make an impact by simply “not buying products in stores” so how would you create the same financial harm, in today’s world-wide economy, as you would be able to do in a 1950’s Boycott? That is the question that we have to ask ourselves when thinking about the legitimacy of the action.  Another way you can look at it, is do the means justify the end result. In my own opinion in today’s world-wide internet  economy, a company’s web site is everything, if you don’t have a web site you don’t exist online, it’s in my opinion  a forced boycott, people can’t visit your web site they can’t spend money, you also can not get information about their current or new and upcoming products, which if maintained for the long run could cost a large company millions, if the world could not visit your websites, or play games on your networks, which would create a new cost customers calling customer service. So I ask this question to you, “Do you feel you should be able to do what you want with what you buy and own legally?” Or should it be considered legally actionable, and you held financially responsible for something you do with what you own.  Also information should be remain free, and not stifled, innovation has changed and should not be held back, our definition of innovation is starting to change, in our world of technology.

About Karnaj

Tech junkie, computer security junkie, junkie in general.

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