German PlayStation 3 coder Alexander’Graf_Chokolo’ Egorenkov said that because he doesn’t have the money to fight Sony he expects to spend some time in jail. Egorenkov was targeted by Sony last year for hacking PS3 code to re-enable OtherOS on the console. Egorenkov was sued by Sony and forced to take all his material related to the hack offline. That site has been replaced by a donations page to help pay for his legal fees.
Speaking to supporters on his web site this week, Egorenkov said that his situation is looking bleak because he doesn’t have the money to fight back:
"Hi guys, no money left anymore. Going to jail soon probably because I cannot pay court costs.
But I’m ready to stand up for everything I said and go to jail for that too. It’s not important to win, more important is to show them that we are ready to fight, that they cannot scare me off easily. Yeah, I’m ready to go to jail for my [beliefs] and my principles.
Most of people probably think that all computer and kernel hackers are weak kids, hiding in a cellar, eating pizza whole day, writing software and looking for attention. Maybe, but that’s NOT me. And I will get out eventually and continue my work. My work means very much to me."