Not content with attacking Sony's commercial websites and the PlayStation Network itself, a group of activists has now turned its sights on obtaining the personal information of a number of Sony executives.
A supposed "splinter group" of hacking outfit Anonymous, calling itself "SonyRecon", has asked members to get "people to gather and contribute dox, and work towards a common goal of finding and information and detailing useful targets". "Dox" is basically any and all personal documentation and/or identification of an individual available online.
And what noble public goals are being undertaken by some of this group's members? Here are some suggestions left in its chatroom:
Craigslist – Make an ad in the "free stuff" section, or in "erotic services" and "casual encounters" as is evident here there are many horny men who will relentlessly pursue someone who they believe to be 19/f.
STD Postcards – send one of these e-postcards notifying the target that one of their previous sexual partners has a STD. Makes for an uncomfortable wait for them. Alternatively call an AIDS hotline and ask them to anonymously tell the target they could have HIV, thats a 6 month wait until the test comes back.
Free UPS Boxes create an account and order the target a couple of hundred boxes & labels, fedex also offer free boxes.
Google Maps use Google maps to locate local businesses to mess with the target.
Skype – Use skype to call the target. When you first register a skype account you get one free call…
IP Relay – Ask the operator not to announce at the start of the call. This is a service only available to people in the USA.
Way to fight the good fight, guys.
As an example of the kind of work that's being done outside of glorified crank calls, Sony executive Robert S. Wiesenthal has had a ton of personal information, like "marital status, age, place of address, education and even whether he has children", bundled together and released.
While this action seems petty, even contradictory to the activist's original aims, noted PS3 hacker KaKaRoToKS says that the information is all already publicly available in one form or another, and that SonyRecon is doing this "in the hopes of finding something incriminating to help in the lawsuit".
I don't see how juvenile pranks - like bringing down the website of Sony's law firm - are helping with a lawsuit. Then again, groups like these must be difficult (if not impossible) to control by their very nature, so while some may have the best intentions and genuinely believe they are helping (and who knows, maybe even gathering useful information!), others are obviously using it as an excuse to be, well, less constructive.