Originally Posted by kluang
Why does this anoymous wants to hack PSN in the first place? Did microsoft pay them to do so?
Or this is something to do with Geohot
The DDoS attacks by Anonymous against the PSN servers are in direct response to the geohot suit and Sony's gaining access to the IP's of everyone that was on geohot's blog. But Anonymous is denying responsibility for the current outage due to the userbase mainframe being compromised.
For those that don't know, Anonymous is a group of hackers that specialize in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. DDoS attacks are, like mibs said, rapid pings against the target servers to overload the processors and cause them to shut down. The membership is unknown because, as the group name states, the hackers work without their tags. If a hacker is compromised they are removed from the group.
One of the most famous attacks by Anonymous was actually against the former Egyptian government during the protests. They used DDoS to knock down the Egyptian government websites.