PS3 hackers: graf_chokolo pushes back, Waninkoko calls it quits

Sony doesn’t want anyone hacking its PlayStation 3 console. This much was clear after it filed a TRO against George Hotz in January after he ‘jailbroke’ the console. However, one hacker from New Jersey is a drop in the bucket to a global corporation. Other hackers have been targeted for their work on the console. One is fighting back. Another doesn’t think the increased scrutiny and possible legal fees are worth the trouble.

PS3 hackers: graf_chokolo pushes back, Waninkoko calls it quits

Last week Sony’s struggle against PlayStation 3 hacking led the company’s European branch to the door of Alexander Egorenkov (AKA graf_chokolo) – right before a SCE representative with a police escort walked through it and secured computer equipment. Egorenkov was defiant, valuing his work above all else. He published the information despite the legal ramifications.

Today, Egorenkov confirmed he has a new lawyer and will fight back, saying “I intend to give a hell of a fight to Sony.” He also clarified the charges: he’s being sued by both the state and Sony.

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A strong reaction from the hacker in the face of serious charges, and in stark contrast to another known PS3 tinkerer calling it quits.

Waninkoko – the Spanish hacker who made waves a few years ago for his work on the Nintendo Wii – mentioned last week he would no longer be working on the PS3. A co-worker warned “one must be cautious” as explanation for the decision.

Previously, Waninkoko was one of Sony’s many unnamed targets. The company attempted last month to root out his personal information via a legal motion which asked numerous social networking sites to turn over IP addresses of their users. The effort was promptly denied.

Though Sony’s litigation against Hotz and now Egorenkov is an obvious factor, Waninkoko  abandoned the Wii platform two years ago of his own volition. His next project is yet unknown.

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