Sony Fights PS3 Hackers in Court

According to documents on the web sites of PS3 hacker George "geohot" Hotz and hacking group fail0verflow, Sony Computer Entertainment America has asked a court to issue a temporary restraining order against parties involved in circumventing its console’s "technological protection measures." The motion further seeks to take those circumvention "devices" offline.

The websites of both parties feature court documents and a warning that "any legal fund donation things you see are 100% fake as of now, don’t get scammed."

The complaint filed by Sony also accuses Hotz of gaining "financial benefit through his unlawful conduct" via a PayPal account. The motion also names group fail0verflow and its alleged members: "Bushing," Hector Cantero, Sven Peter and "Segher," as well as a number of "John Doe" defendants.

The motion further asks the court to impound the "computers, hard drives, CD-ROMs, DVDs, USB sticks and other media" of the named defendants that "contain circumvention devices."


Sony’s court action is a direct result of the aforementioned parties creating hacks and custom firmware for the PS3. Mostly, these groups did this to enable homebrew software and re-enable the OtherOS (allows users to run Linux) feature on the PS3.

Holtz’s older web site is still available here.

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Source: Kotaku

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