06 May 2011

Hacker group Anonymous denies involvement in Sony attack

Despite fingers being pointed at the infamous hacking group Anonymous for the recent attack against Sony’s PlayStation Network, the group is claiming it is not responsible.

Anonymous reportedly released a letter, which was posted on the web, detailing that it was not responsible.

"While we are a distributed and decentralized group, our 'leadership' does not condone credit card theft,” read the letter.

Sony recently accused the group of attacking its PlayStation Network, which has 75 million registered users. The network has been offline since last month’s attack, and the company stated that personal information was stolen as a result of the cyber attack.

The company found a file named Anonymous on one of its servers, which contained the phrase “We are Legion,” according to Kazuo Hirai, chairman of the board of Sony Computer Entertainment America.

Cyber criminals appear to be increasing their efforts with their cyber attacks. According to a report by an internet security company, the amount of detection-evading malware attacks has reached 85 per day, the highest since 107 attacks were recorded in March 2009.