The cyberwar declared on Sony by online activists Anonymous has been temporarily suspended, the group has confirmed.
Sony yesterday admitted for the first time that revert outages to both its range of websites and PSN were caused by hostile actions.
"We are currently investigating, including the possibility of targeted behaviour of an outside party," the company told IGN.
"If this is indeed caused by such an act, we want to once again thank our customers who have borne the brunt of the attack through interrupted service."
Seemingly as a direct response, Anonymous has now announced in a statement that it never intended to target customers – in fact, it argues it is fighting their cause.
"During the last few days, Anonymous has been targeting Sony for their outrageous treatment of not only PS3 users and jailbreakers, but also of the general public," the statement reads. "Their propaganda regarding jailbreaking implies that it encourages piracy and thereby makes people lose their jobs, whereas jailbreaking actually just means you are making YOUR device do what it should do.
"The fact that their litigation demanded information on everyone who had viewed the material, was completely unacceptable. The fact that the privacy of individuals can be violated, simply for accessing information, and legal action can be taken for doing something with something you own, are steps far beyond the line.
"Anonymous decided it could not allow this to stand. If jailbreaking a phone for use of legal (unsigned) apps is found legal, why would this be any different for the Geohot case, seeing as Geohot explicitly states he does not support piracy?
"Anonymous is not attacking the PSN at this time. Sony's official position is that the PSN is undergoing maintenance. We realise that targeting the PSN is not a good idea. We have therefore temporarily suspended our action, until a method is found that will not severely impact Sony customers.
"Anonymous is on your side, standing up for your rights. We are not aiming to attack customers of Sony. This attack is aimed solely at Sony, and we will try our best to not affect the gamers, as this would defeat the purpose of our actions. If we did inconvenience users, please know that this was not our goal.
"This operation is a response to Sony's attempt to deprive their customers of products they bought and therefore own, wholly and completely. Anonymous will not attempt to fight this by following the exact same course of action. We have plenty of tricks up our sleeves."