Sony has been pretty quiet about what caused the Playstation Network blackout that has lasted about 24 hours, but it has said the outage could last another full day. Gamers are not quiet. They want their interactive game environments, especially with the long weekend ahead in which to enjoy them. A BBC report on the problem mentioned, as a brief aside, that Anonymous might have something to do with the outage.
But the BBC didn't say why the loose-knit group of hackers might want to disable the network that many of them, presumably, like to use. The details of the reasoning, and even whether or not the outage is the group's work, are a bit hard to discern, but here's what we know:
First, Anonymous has officially denied any involvement in the current blackout. "For once, we didn't do it," a statement on the group's site reads. "A more likely explanation is that Sony is taking advantage of Anonymous' previous ill-will towards the company to distract users from the fact that the outage is actually an internal problem with the company's servers."
But as Escapist points out, that doesn't jibe with what's on the group's Facebook page. The first comment after the blackout started reads, "There are things that go beyond your personal pleasure ... you may not be able to enjoy things because of our actions but it is for a greater cause." And other, later posts include lines like "Take a break from online gaming for a while," and "maybe it's time you put your mind to productive use."