Sony is Stopping Geohot from Releasing New PS3 Jailbreak

Posted on Thursday, Jan 13 2011 on 01:00 PM
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Teen hacking sensation George Hotz, who shot into fame by cracking iPhone, unleashed his wizardry by breaking open the Sony PlayStation 3, and then cut through Sony's defenses yet again, but the PS3 maker isn’t in a mood to let his exploits hit its business.

Sony's legal team has filed a suit at San Francisco District Court requesting a court order to prevent hackers from publishing the jailbreak code that will open up Sony PS3 even as Hotz reportedly offered to go by the court's verdict.

The defendants in the case are Hotz, controversial hacker also known as Geohot, "Bushing," Hector Martin Cantero, Sven Peter, and other members of the FAIL0VERFLOW group of hackers, PC Mag said in a report.

Cracking of the code will open up the core of the Sony PS3 and anyone can then install software of his choice on the machine. Sony says the hacking contravenes the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Computer Fraud Abuse Act.

If the court smiles on Sony, Hotz will have to stop short of releasing his jailbreak. Since the filing of the case, Hotz has reportedly said he will comply with the court's decision if it accepts the complainant's request for the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO).

PC Mag has published a quote purportedly from Hotz saying he will comply with any court order on TRO. "After reading the documents and consulting with my legal team, I have decided to repost the information and jailbreak," he said. "The [Temporary Restraining Order] is proposed, not signed. If the court signs off on the TRO, I will comply with the court's decision." PC Mag sources this quote to PS3News.

Sony's uneasy battle with hackers was marked by the announcement of Hotz late 2009 that he was targeting PS3. He said in January 2010 he was able to hack the machine and gain read and write access and released the jailbreak for the public.

This forced Sony to withdraw the “OtherOS’ function from the machine which was required for running the hacked code. Sony has since then fortified PS3 with the addition of advanced custom firmware.

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