As part of its explanation of the event surrounding PSN, Sony says that the intruders left a file on its SOE servers entitled 'Anonymous' containing the words 'We are Legion' – a recognised phrase used by the group.
But Anonymous argues that credit card theft is against its principles and that it's used to major corporations lying about its activities.
“While we are a distributed and decentralised group, our ‘leadership’ does not condone credit card theft,” an Anonymous press release claims.
"Whoever did perform the credit card theft did so contrary to the 'modus operandi' and intentions of Anonymous. If a legitimate and honest investigation into credit card theft is conducted, Anonymous will not be found liable.
"Many of our corporate and governmental adversaries have been known to have lied to the public about Anonymous and about their own activities.
"To the contrary, Anonymous is an ironically transparent movement that allows reporters in our operating channels to observe us at work and which has been extraordinarily candid with the press when commenting on our own activities, which is why reporters prefer to talk to us for truthful accounts of the situation rather than fallacious public relations departments of our targets."