Sony sent Geohot $1 to prove he was profiting from PS3 hacking?

Strange! According to third party reports, court filings reveal that Sony tried to send Geohot $1 to prove that the hacker was taking donations. However, Geohot himself never requested any donations.

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SasanovaS19872836d ago

are u guys that gullible? take a second and think. jesus, did u all fail 6th grade common sense classes? a multi billion dollar company doing such an act? u people are freakin...meh wont even bother with u

jerethdagryphon2836d ago

they did its in there legal docs ive read it

even if hes not asking for donations hes left the hat out after the show he has a paypal setup to his email thats on his site

its implied that he accpts donations if sony can prove that sucessfully then weather he asks or not hes getting money from his work

socomnick2836d ago

why wouldnt they multi billion dollar companies are are evil, and stop at nothing when it comes to gaining the almighty buck.

Better question is why wouldn't sony do this.

JimRome2836d ago

Apparently you failed anything related to grammar classes.

Led-Zeppelin2836d ago

-Bubble for immature. Good job.

Eamon2836d ago

lol, I read this somewhere else. Pretty hilarious. Almost pitiful.

I believe they were trying to do this to link his twitter to paypal or something.

But if he never formally asked for donations then Sony is really taking the stereotype of the "evil multi billion dollar company."

How much money can Sony even obtain from Geohot? Even if he somehow gets a prison sentence. It won't scare off hackers. It will just make them stay anonymous. lol

Seriously, stick to console bans.

young juice2836d ago (Edited 2836d ago )

lol thats hilarious. ima laugh even harder if geohot loses over 1 buck.

i deleted my first edit cuz it was really lame

cemelc2836d ago (Edited 2836d ago )

Didnt GeoHut had donations in its font page at one point??? Cos i think i saw it once.

Might be wrong tho.

gaden_malak2836d ago

This reminds me of the lawyer who bought some very expensive cigars and insured them (against theft, damage including fires) and some insurance company actually insured them.
The lawyer then proceeded to smoke his cigars and claim the money from insurance. The insurance company paid out and then took him to court for fraud.

Very amusing story (whether it is true or not I don't know) but kinda similar.

edit: here is the story, it's fake but still amusing.

HSx92836d ago

let me just remind you guys, donating isn't illegal, anyone could have donated to his paypal for any other LEGAL reason. What if for some strange coincidence he found my dog so I donated $300 to him, would that mean I am supporting his hacks? no. If Geohot's lawyer can point something like this out, the donating made by sony is invalid to be used towards this case.

Lich1202836d ago

Why would sony install rootkits on computers that play their CDs? That's extremely illegal. Maybe they failed their common sense class from 6th grade also?

cemelc2836d ago (Edited 2836d ago )


Actully i think he had a donate banner right below the ps3 key at one point, almost sure of this. And that is illegal.

Even if he had a donate link during the hacking is still illegal cos that is money funding a hacker.

If sony send a dollar and that dollar arrived to geohot (witch probably did cos otherwise it wouldnt even be in the pappers), then he is going to have to awnser to that, and that is not a pretty picture for him.

Sony probably doesnt even want to win the case just exaust the resources of the kid, witch by any means is still bad for him.

DragonKnight2836d ago

Ummm, they did it so they'd have a method and reason to pull his financial records. Simple as that really.

DeadIIIRed2836d ago

lol @hsx9, doesn't work like that. Can a minor "donate" $6 to you for a pack of cigarettes? Or in a dry county can a person "donate" $25 to a clerk for free beer?

gcolley2836d ago

Known fact - Sony are world class at 2 things... marketing and suing smaller entities right up to the end and then dropping the case. all 3 console manufacturers are bullies, this is how they get so big.

MintBerryCrunch2836d ago

sort of like corporate entrapment if you ask a guy something he doesnt want and then use that against him to prove their case

blahblah2836d ago (Edited 2836d ago )

lol, you mean like being cheap, untrustworthy and really without any moral?

like this?

read how sony did to LAME exactly the same thing they accuse these people. not respecting agreement.

trouble is that LAME is not profit software, the only tax is if you use software you keep it free. kinda like stealing from beggars hat.

off course, LAME has copyright done correctly as it is exposed on to you before you even download software. while sony way is illegal is most countries.

terms of service are not presented before you buy product and for example if you open package you also bought it. good luck with not agreeing to terms

read bottom of the page, it was like that even before they uncovered ps3 hack

shovelface882836d ago

Sasanova, if you are going to insult anyone's intelligence, learn to type with understandable English grammar.

ComboBreaker2836d ago (Edited 2836d ago )

Geo: "I am not."

Sony: "Then what's your donation button doing on your hacking website? We can even prove that clicking on your donate button will donate $1 into your account."

Geo: "I didn't ask for donation. I just happen to have a donate button on my website so people can donate to me. However, I never asked for donation."

N4G: "Geo's right. For example, a black guy can just come into my house in the middle of the night and point a gun at my head, and it's totally legal, as long as he doesn't say he's going to kill me. 'Cause you know, he never said he was going to kill me. He only pointed tthe gun at my head, then pointed at my cash. It was totally my my choice to give him the money. He didn't say he was going to kill me if I don't give him the cash. He merely pointed a gun at my head. So it's totally okay and he should not get arrest and charge for it."

Count: "Why do people on N4G thinks we give a shit about about what they say? Geo is going away for a very long time, and no amount of PS3 hate going on on N4G is going to influence the court's decision."

PlayerX2836d ago

Lol Only N4G would justify this

raptorjacob2836d ago

@ mintberrycrunch
if geohot didn't want the money why did he have a donate link

Theonik2836d ago

Even so they can't prove he actually was accepting donations for the PS3 hack which he was not. His iPhone hacking was declared legal in court. Sony is grasping at straws here as is the rest of their claims.

RedDragan2836d ago


"they did its in there legal docs ive read it"

How did you get to see the legal documents?

TEFL0N_D0N_812836d ago


I reported you for racism you schmuck.

Ryudo2836d ago

Sony is making the classic mistake of thinking you can somehow scare or bully hackers.

Problem is the only thing Sony will achieve by this is managing to piss them of.

DualConsoleOwner2835d ago

This is what Geo's lawyers are claiming.

they absolutely have zero proof that Sony actually sent that dollar.

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FailOverHero2836d ago

PirateThom, are you reading this? Told you he didn't accept any donations for this hack

Christopher2836d ago

Doesn't mean he doesn't take donations for hacking other devices. I mean, if he's getting donations for 'hacking', it's easy for him to say "But none of the money I was donated in the time that I was hacking the PS3 was for that."

That's like Sony saying that none of the profits for the PS3 are going towards making the PS4. Doesn't really matter, money they are earning is being used to develop the PS4. Unless GeoHot suddenly stopped eating, drinking, and didn't pay whatever bills he has during the time he spent hacking the PS3, the donations he received and used to pay such things as well as equipment went towards hacking the PS3.

visualb2836d ago

thats all they needed

they probably just did this to prove in court it was possible, making for a stronger case

PS3n3602836d ago

crap thats the entire 2011 marketing budget for sony.

nix2836d ago

lol... i love Sony but this made me laugh! q;

deadoralive13372836d ago (Edited 2836d ago )

OMG, goddamn this hacking shit. I am just gonna go and chill with my ps3. I have to get ready for some lbp2 action next tuesday. :D

CarlosX3602836d ago

I love when Sony insults its enemies. ;)

morkendo232836d ago (Edited 2836d ago )

Sony tried to send Geohot $1 to prove that the hacker was taking donations. However, Geohot himself never requested any donations.

DANG, IF YOUR GOING TO BRIB ME... DO BETTER THAN A DOLLAR ...for crying out loud. if i was Geohot i would disclaim any donations too.... a dollar??? haaaaa.

SoSLy2835d ago

the fact that Sony was able to send him a dollar for his "hacks" means that he is "profiting" from the hacks.

TVippy2836d ago

Cheap Sony is gonna try all the dirty tricks it can now.

Christopher2836d ago (Edited 2836d ago )

[Why do I try?]

Christopher2836d ago

I'm honestly surprised at the idiocy displayed in the comments here.

Do people not understand that in order to validate the presence of a PayPal account that GeoHot used to receive donations for his hacking activities, Sony has to have proof that it exists on their end in order to subpoena the records of said account?

It was not to prove he received donations for this project, it was to prove he receives donations for hacking in general. And, it's up to the court to prove if GeoHot's donations during the period that he was hacking the PS3 could have been used to fund the hack.

Sure, GeoHot never asked for donations for the PS3, but he did ask for donations in his hacking activities, which included hacking the PS3.

Honestly, idiocy has run rampant here since this the TRO was made public.

FinalSpartan2836d ago

cheap move sony cheap move...making you look foolish now and the fanboys.

BlackTar1872836d ago

lol you dont even know what your talking about read above you at least if you dont know what is going on keep it to yourself

Blacktric2835d ago

I'd sent three fitty instead of one dollar.

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firefoxprime2836d ago (Edited 2836d ago )

Ah crap...Bad move Sony!
Of course only $1.

deadreckoning6662836d ago (Edited 2836d ago )

If thats true...I just lost a lot of respect for Sony. If Geohot is guilty, then prove it in COURT. This $1 crap is clearly a desperation move. If I were the head of Sony games division...I'd sue Geohot as well, but I wouldn't use a b.s. tactic like that.

@socomnick- Sony wants to prove that Geohot takes donations. Which would mean that he makes a profit from hacking. If Sony can prove that Geohot profits from hacking...then the case is a slam dunk for Sony.

The thing is, Geohot doesn't ask for donations. So if this DID happen, Sony just made themselves look very stupid. Btw, the article said that Sony TRIED to do this. So, Geohot wasn't dumb enough to fall into Sony's trap.

Simon_Brezhnev2836d ago

why are you so obsessed with anything negative towards Sony? You are worst than PS3 fanboys.

Adva2836d ago

Oh look, fanboy in disguise

firefoxprime2836d ago (Edited 2836d ago )

You know what DeadReck?

Not only do I find your post "completely" unnecessary, but I'm also a christian. Mark of the best is not cool man.

I remember when you 3 bubbles. That was just 2 months ago. *crickets*

badz1492836d ago

"If thats true...I just lost a lot of respect for Sony" - LOL you never had any to begin with! stop acting all saint over there Mr. Sony Hater!

blahblah2836d ago


lol, why are you so blindsided?

hey, i love my ps3, not to mention i love my games even more. but, please... do not call sony righteous company who really care about you. they are in it for the money

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Anon19742836d ago

Why is this a bad move on Sony's part? I don't get it?

The guy hacks, then releases stolen codes online knowing that this will spur on pirates and other hackers. That's all he does on his site - hacks, teachers others to hack and brag about his hacking. Then he has a donation button linked to his paypal so he can take in money.

If a guy is sitting on the street corner, playing a saxophone, and he's got a hat in front of him - it's pretty obvious that people are paying him for playing his sax. He's profiting from playing a sax. If someone does the same thing but just sitting there - he's begging. Money given to him is his profit for begging.

George Hotz hacking on his site and then putting his hat out is him profiting from his hacks. In this case, profiting from stealing confidential codes and passwords and making them public. If he hacked your computer, stole your personal information and passwords and then posted them on your site and took money for it, most of us would take issue with that and rightfully call the police. This is no different. The guy already tried to compromise the PS3 once - he was never going to stop and in the meantime he was profiting from it and enjoying his celebrity.

It's about time someone put the breaks on this kid. I'd love it if, like in other hacking cases, not only does he get jail time but he's prohibited from using computers in the future. I've seen the courts do this before and I'd love to see him computer-less, serving me burgers somewhere.

"Hey, Geohotz. Fries are done!"

milohighclub2836d ago (Edited 2836d ago )


"Hey, Geohotz. Fries are done!"


best thing i've read on N4G! Ever!!!.

Bubs up...

Threesix2836d ago

You're assuming way too much contrary to what's actually happening. What he released is made for homebrew and even he says he didn't enable the capability for you to pirate games with it because that's something he doesn't support.

And he specifically never asked for donations because of this code being released. He's had a donation option open before that point already.

This is a bad move for Sony because #1 he apparently didn't accept the money, and #2 it looks like a desperation maneuver. If they were confident that they could beat him in court, then why resort to this tactic? It looks like Sony is looking for anything they can get on the guy to use, which is understandable, but you'd think there would be better ways to do it.

And if Sony wins, Mr. Hotz will still be gainfully employed. You think the government or any number of big companies would let his skills go to waste? Oh no, you won't be seeing him working in fast food any time soon.

Ju2836d ago

There is something called "reckless driving". Even if you have no intention to kill someone but you do, you will still be held accountable to that.

GeoHot can pretend whatever he wants. Assuming his exploit would not lead to piracy is at least "reckless" and irresponsible. He, especially with his intellect, should have know about the consequences of his doing.

Stryfeno22836d ago

That dollar should of went to PS Move marketing. It would of been a better choice.

awesomeperson2836d ago

I like it better when you don't comment on this site.

Prototype2836d ago

I Gave you a bubble awesome, that made my day :D

Rage_S902836d ago

you live up to your name awesome person


Looks like Omega is back... Not that you have anything to play as a reason to left.

SuperLupe2836d ago (Edited 2836d ago )

Thats just...pathetic from Sony. Why are they so desperate. I dont see MS or Ninty going all berserk over piracy.

Makes me almost feel sorry for them.

@below: I understand but please...PS2 piracy was rampant and almost didnt hurt Sony at all. What makes them think this time around it will kill them. Look at the 360 software sales...its almost hard to believe that console is pirated as hell.
Sony should just calm down..

mt2836d ago

you know if i own sony company or microsoft or whatever company and i see someone go and says i hacked your system or whatever device we make. i would be really pissed and ill try to stop that person.

gaden_malak2836d ago

Oh you mean Microsoft ban hammering 1 million hacked XBOX 360s or Nintendo successfully suing a man who released Super Mario Bros Wii out on the internet?

Yeah, they don't go nuts over it.

DeadIIIRed2836d ago

Lets say you own some shares of Sony (SNE). You hear that a major blow has hit the company in this hack or whatever you want to call it. Sony's response is either, Sue people responsible to calm investors while working on fix or leave people responsible alone while investors dump stock and leave Sony with less working capital. Win or not it buys them time with investors.

HolyOrangeCows2836d ago (Edited 2836d ago )

"desperate move"?

So it's a "pathetic" and "desperate" move if they use this evidence to prove that GeoNotz is open to donations for his current/recent works? That's neither "Desperate" nor "pathetic"....theyre simply demonstrating what they're trying to prove in court. I know you're rooting for the hackers to win against Sony in Court, but Sony is trying to win this case, not please their haters like you guys.

Silly gameAr2836d ago (Edited 2836d ago )

Oh I'm sure MS and Nintendo do whatever they can to stop piracy on their consoles, it's just not front page news for people to act high and mighty in the comment section.

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Lord_Doggington2836d ago (Edited 2836d ago )

Sorry, but this sounds fishy as hell. It's clear that Sony needs all the help they can get w/ this case. It's underhanded to even attempt to do something like this. Geohot and his people in general know better than to take donations. And if he did take donations (highly unlikely), he deserves to go down for profiting off of it.

If he didn't take any money, than I think it works against Sony and shows how manipulative they can be...

The legal term is entrapment, no?

jerethdagryphon2836d ago

unless he or paypal provide transaction record for his accounts that show he refunded any donations made volentarly

well. its not entrapment, its simply makeing a peice of evidence trackable from there end