Sony takes legal action against PS3 hackers

Darren Allan

January 12, 2011

Sony has launched legal action against the hackers who recently cracked the security of the PlayStation 3 console.

The company names over a hundred folks involved with the hacking group “fail0verflow”, and George Hotz (of iPhone jailbreak fame) who published the PS3 master key on his website.

Sony is seeking a temporary restraining against those involved, attempting to get content related to the crack offline. According to Kotaku, this seems to have been successful, as Hotz and fail0verflow’s sites have been stripped bare of the hack related content.

Sony is claiming violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Hotz told the BBC he was disappointed with Sony’s stance. “I am a firm believer in digital rights,” he said. “I have spoken with legal counsel and I feel comfortable that Sony’s action against me doesn’t have any basis.”

Meanwhile, it’s been widely reported that the first pirated game has been installed on the PS3 hard drive, in the form of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.


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