The activist group Anonymous has denied orchestrating the hack on the Sony PlayStation Network in a recorded message directed at users outraged by the attack, which has kept the network offline for three weeks.
The audio statement was posted online on Tuesday at Anonops.blogspot.com, and for the first time allows for the possibility that individual Anonymous participants may have acted apart from the group as a whole. "While it could be the case that other Anons have acted by themselves, AnonOps was not related to this incident and does not take responsibility for whatever has happened," the message says.
While Anonymous previously organized a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack against some Sony websites in April, the group has repeatedly said it was not involved with the PlayStaion Network (PSN) and Sony Online Entertainment hacks that made off with around 100 million customer names, addresses, emails and birth dates between 17 and 19 April. At least 10 million credit cards may have also been exposed.
For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Anonymous: Group didn't hack Sony, but members may have on CNET News.