A federal magistrate said Sony may subpoena the PayPal account of PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz, as the game maker ratchets up its civil lawsuit against the man who released the first full-fledged PS3 jailbreak in the console’s 4-year history.
another blow to george hotz. people should stop calling him geohot it sounds like a bad porno lol
I prefer "GeoNotz" People will start crying "Privacy violation!" but when people are being charged with things like fraud and taking money for illegal services/activities, this isn't uncommon. Not even in civil cases. It's necessary.
Sony's going to own his testicles by the end of this.
so they can prevent him from having any kids or just so they can simply make more internet attention whore in the future so they can keep suing them?
I prefer "dickhead" but that's just me.
Lol Geohotz is getting donations from fellow hackers I bet Sony is getting donations from APPLE (the big bucks too)
I love reading all the whiny comments on Wired in all these types of articles.
Yeah, apparently a bunch of losers frequent Wired...
i just read through god there are some idiots. lol
***It is against no law that I know of to visit a website or make a donation in support of a court case.*** It's for citing evidence that he got donations that funded his hacking activities. GeoHot said he didn't take donations for the PS3 hack, but if they showed that he was receiving donations during the time it doesn't paint a good picture at all as to this fact. It's not about proving it outright, but you stack up enough evidence against him and his claims and it makes him look worse and worse. - GeoHot claimed to not accept donations for PS3 hack, but received $X money during the time that he hacked. - GeoHot claimed to not do this for piracy, but there is video proof of him playing Super Mario Bros. on an emulator with his PS3 hack. - GeoHot claimed he only did this to enable OtherOS, which Sony removed, yet there is video proof of him modifying Sony code to enable PSN features illegally (he connected to the internet through PSN with modified code) and the ability to install other unsigned code. No single evidence wins a case, but adding it all up does help.
This cat is going dizzown! Unless this guy was selling cookies for paypal.
Holy hell mate your still going? your ego must be broken now, just give up and maybe Sony will throw you a bone and give you a job to help pay your court fees and damages.
I wonder if he can counter rap this?
Maybe he'll expand his lyrical talents sing us a sad country song.... or spike his hair up some and perform some and scream out some old school punk. here is some revised lyrics from Mother, from Danzig... Sony....tell your console not to walk my way. what I buy, what I say, what I hack...Sony. SONY!!!!! gonna hack your console tonight, gonna release your keys alright...sony SONY!!! Do you wanna bang heads with me... ok ok ok... so im not as talented as lyricist de' phenomina, geohotz.
Bank account secrecy is a citizen right in my country!You know that song from offspring LAND of the Free!?I guess that is not apply in US.
It's funny people see throwing out "breach of privacy", "freedom of speech", etc when it applies to illegal terms. Don't you think if this was the case, the case would have been through out ages ago?
What country do you live in? I bet you anything that you're in a country that will, with a warrant, obtain any bank evidence necessary to pursue a criminal.
its been great not hearing this kid bumpin his gums lately , well except when he was begging for donations for court fees lmao
What goes around, comes around.
looks like there is no escaping out of this one
How can he deny accepting donations? Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't he ask for donations?
I can't help but laugh at this. Donating to him may hurt him more than if he settled with Sony. Let's see how many will be donating after this news gets around. Never donate to a hacker, you don't owe him anything, regardless if you have a jailbroken iphone or ps3. They do this with their free time and if they get screwed by the law thats their problem. Contributing means you're part of the problem and Sony will likely target you next for being stupid. Japan is in dire help, I can't believe PSX-Scene is having a sticky to donate to both Geohot and The other idiot hacker Graf-chokolo...yet not one thread about donations to Japan...selfish and cruel. I'm glad I stopped and ditched that retarded ps3 "scene".
This kid is ruining his life.
so sweet. This is not going to end the way lil Geohot is thinking. He will be squashed and never heard about again except for old iPhone and PS3 hack articles.
yawns anyone notice how long its been you can praise sony all day but if this was open and shut it would be over by now they have nothing so they continue to dig for any crap that will work -_- slipping a dollar into his account to prove he got donations sending out job offers to other hackers its people like you guys who are sad innovation is what makes this nation if we had your ideals nothing would get done
No offense but you don't know what you're talking about. They aren't looking at the dollar they slipped in to frame him. They are looking at the donations that Geohot setup for his lawsuit fees. Sony is using that as firepower. How long do you think people will be willing to donate to the two hackers who are asking for help. Wasn't the whole purpose of the scene to be free. To be able to do whatever you want with a product YOU paid for? It's going to cost hackers an arm and a leg to have their beloved homebrew. Calculate all the money that's going to be donated to the two hackers...add the additional ps3's people will get for legit purposes...and add the games people are going to buy...that's if their true intent is homebrew and not piracy. Innovation is what makes the world go round, I agree...but when since when has stupidity been part of innovating. I'm sorry I don't see it. You're wasting alot more cash for something that you opened up, but you would spend nowhere near that much in 6 months if someome hadn't modded. It's been 7 months and you can't honestly say it's worth the time and money. Unless you're into pirating since that's the only thing left that's consistent in the scene.
He will beg Sony to leave him alone when this lawsuit ends!
Sony has gone too far, He hacked his OWN PS3 which he bought with HIS money, but the whiny babies that Sony are have gone so far as to even ask for his personal details. This only proves that cooperations like Sony could care less about your personal rights or freedoms when it comes to them loosing money. The fact that people are supporting Sony in this is just insane (you people are literally insane). It shows that you would give anything for a cooperation that doesn't give a crap about you. At the end of the day these cooperations do nothing but brainwash the masses.
The question you need to ask yourself is...Did Geohot push Sony over the edge?Yes, He hackes HIS OWN PS3. But he did make it sound like he wanted a job from them. If you want this fixed, hire me. Any major corporation will not take that one lighlty. In the real world, we call that extortion or attempt. Geohot then posted the private keys on his website. Another law broken. The private keys are exactly that. "private". The only ones that know is the top guy at Sony HQ, not one developer knows of it. You can say his arrogance got the best of him and now he's paying for it. The new generation of hackers are clueless. Twitter, facebook all this social media attention grabbing websites have killed the underground scene. Can anyone name me the members of Fairlight? Or Razor1911? and the list goes on. They wanted the attention they got it?
But does that mean that we have to tell Sony every little thing we ever do with our LIVES because they want to make sure they can have an easier time extorting money out of someone that did something they didn't like him doing? If they KNOW they have a case, then what difference does it make WHERE they have the case? The law would be the law regardless of jurisdiction. They either want to make him use all of his money to GET there, or they think they can convince a CA judge easier than they can a NJ judge. Seeming as how they have gotten everything they have wanted so far, I would say the latter, at least. Not to mention that the judge is taking Sony's word for it, and never asking Hotz' lawyers if they agree to do anything (look at the papers. None of Hotz' lawyers ever signed them). This is done without the judge telling Sony that what they get can only be used for the purposes that Sony outlined in their written claims. This could lead to them claiming that ANYONE that simply visited his site could be sued for any reason, or worse. I'm hoping you can remember the warrant less wiretapping issue in 2007 where the Bush Administration wanted to wiretap cell phone calls on the account that it was to fight terrorism, when many people who were smarter than to buy into that BS knew that they wanted to try to silence their critics. Who's to say Sony isn't trying to do the same thing? I don't care WHAT they are trying to fight here. I'm not about to give up my OWN privacy to appease some company's could-be frivolous suit (I say frivolous because I'm suspicious now about Sony pushing hard to keep this case in CA when they shouldn't really HAVE to).
The amount of corporate humping on this site is literally astounding! They ask for IP addresses without limitations? We cheer them on! Now they want Paypal records without limitations? We STILL cheer them on! Try to win by attrition instead of proving their case correct? CHEER THEM ON!! Is there ANYTHING Sony will ask for in this case that you WILL draw the line on? Seriously, I've seen corporate hugging and neo-fanboyism on other sites before, but N4G ALWAYS has to be the unique little snowflake, does it?
Hey you can always go to Wired or Engadget. You would fit right in with the other victims and freedom fighters.
Freedom fighters in todays world are terrorists. It just goes to show how brainwashed societies have become.
Sony need to stop screwing with this prick and start getting them exclusive ready, or finish this fight already.
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