Sony raids German PS3 hacker’s home, seizes computer equipment
George Hotz was compelled by a judge to turn over his computer equipment to Sony as part of the company’s approved Temporary Restraining Order. If you thought the PS3 jailbreaker had it rough, German hacker graf_chokolo didn’t even receive the “courtesy” of a legal notice. The known PS3 tinkerer – whose work dealt with reverse engineering the console’s hypervisor – had his house raided by police on Wednesday.
PS3Crunch (formerly Dukio) originally reported on the incident which was today confirmed by Kotaku, who reached out to SCEE on the matter. The raid took place, resulting in the seizure of computer equipment and a PlayStation 3 console, but further details are sparse.
According to forum PSX-Scene, graf_chokolo blogged early Wednesday morning, “Guys, SONY was today at my home with police and got all my stuff and accounts.” He went on to offer the following warning: “So be careful from now on.”
Unfortunately for Sony, the raid wasn’t enough; his work was uploaded anyway.
Sony faces mounting criticism from the hacker community for its continued legal attacks. Though the company purports it’s acting to protect its customers and profits, police raids and litigation may only embolden hackers.
Certainly, the company faces an uphill battle either way. Some speculate that last year’s DMCA adjustment, which legalized jailbreaking cell phones, set a precedent that may end up being applied to video game consoles. Even if the PS3 is deemed ‘unhackable’ by the courts, when has that stopped hackers before? A final ruling has yet to be made.
7 Comments on Sony raids German PS3 hacker’s home, seizes computer equipment
- Mr. Belvedere
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- Posted on: 25 Feb 11 10:42
|Still, graf_chokolo is having the last laugh, as he went ahead and released all of his work, called The Hypervisor Bible. It’s a file containing all his knowledge on jailbreaking the PS3 and breaking its encryption. And now that it’s on the internet, it’s not likely Sony will be able to do much about getting it off the web unless they work overtime on another PS3 firmware update.|
- Posts: 13338
- Posted on: 25 Feb 11 12:41
Sony has already lost the war.
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- Posted on: 25 Feb 11 19:53
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- Posted on: 26 Feb 11 00:17
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- Posted on: 28 Feb 11 09:40
My own wife purchased a Sony DSLR camera and hates it because every time she turns it on, she has to change the settings because there is no way to change the defaults. The manual and several books say it keeps the settings, but it does not. It always reverts to the unchangable defaults. You might want a point&shoot to automatically select what to focus on, I don't and I would never set a DSLR to, but Sony in their infinite wisdom, did and it must be changed manually every time you turn the camera on.
If you think about it, Sony would almost rule the world if their management wasn't such morons.
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- Posted on: 01 Mar 11 16:22
- Mr. Belvedere
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- Posted on: 02 Mar 11 09:20
Well, that pretty much should sum up any company that sells electronic devices..
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