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Anonymous has issued a new video threat against Sony, describing the company's support of the United States' Stop Online Piracy Act as a "signed death warrant".

The two-minute clip features the following declaration, made via synthesised text-to-speech system:

"Your support of the act is a signed death warrant to Sony Company and Associates. Therefore, yet again, we have decided to destroy your network. We will dismantle your phantom from the internet. Prepare to be extinguished. Justice will be swift, and it will be for the people, whether some like it or not."

Sony isn't the only thing in Anonymous' sights, either. The video also singles out a quartet of celebrity targets:

"For their approval to SOPA [sic], we have also declared that our fury be brought upon the following persons: Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift."

SOPA aims to allow copyright holders and the Department of Justice to seek injunctions against any site hosting unlicensed content, resulting in the permanent closure of the offender. Under the current draft of the legislation, which currently sits before the House Judiciary Committee, private companies would also be able to sue ISPs for hosting illegal content.

VideoGamer.com Analysis

Anonymous isn't a hierarchical organisation; it's a free-form collection of activists. This being the case, it's impossible to predict how widespread or severe any proposed action might be. It's not like there's a leader who decides what the group does next, though it's certainly true that many will follow where others lead.

It's no surprise to see Anonymous members taking an aggressive stance over SOPA. What's harder to predict is what direct action they might take. PlayStation Lifestyle claims that users on Anonymous chat channels have expressed a desire to attack Sony executives, rather than taking action that might annoy general PSN users. Last year's PSN hack didn't win many PS3 owners over to the Anonymous cause, though the "group" never assumed direct responsibility for the attack.

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tvr77

cant wait till these prats get nicked, they make me feel so furious!
Posted 20:33 on 04 January 2012
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munkee

Anonymous did it in a *****ing cool way though, huh. These guys have got that whole sci-fi thing on lockdown. The graphics are cool, the script is cool and the name of the project is cool. Then, to top it off and really push home the whole cyberpunk/sci-fi theme they got Stephen Hawking to do the voice over.. class act. Kudos Anonymous.. Kudos..
Posted 22:40 on 03 January 2012
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Taizuke

First they claim they weren't behind the PSN hack and now they use the words "yet again" with this threat? Something doesn't add up...
Posted 21:50 on 03 January 2012
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Wido

It's sad that some think it's ok to take matters into their own hands. Only a matter of time till they find these Anoymous members, and everything they have done was for nothing. Saying that, what they say and have done, has proven nothing.
Posted 21:31 on 03 January 2012
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Clockpunk

Be interesting to see whether Sony's hype for its new security structure, after the last attack, will hold up.
Posted 14:09 on 03 January 2012
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pblive

"for the people, whether some like it or not." That pretty much sums it up. Annonymous are a bunch of idiots with nothing better to do that throw a hissy fit at the world of business. They're the equivalent of those people camping in tents outside of various places around the country and complaining that the world isn't fair because their daddy can't afford to buy them a shiny car.
Posted 14:02 on 03 January 2012
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Chaza_snake

sorry for double post, was just soooo scared lol
Posted 12:51 on 03 January 2012
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Chaza_snake

ITS THE START OF THE APPOCOLPYSE, RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!!
Posted 12:50 on 03 January 2012
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Chaza_snake

ITS THE START OF THE APPOCOLPYSE, RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!!
Posted 12:50 on 03 January 2012
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Neon-Soldier32

Anonymous, if you really wanna ***** up Sony, then take down PSN when Call of Duty: Big shooty man of justice is out, come November.

That said, seems a bit stupid targetting Sony when they've 'hacked DoD'
Posted 12:19 on 03 January 2012