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Well, maybe hacking does pay off. George Hotz, a young fellow with a bright future (and a history of breaking into iPhone software) has found his next gig: it's in Palo Alto, and Mark Zuckerberg is his boss. Yep, he's going to Facebook. The social networking company isn't saying what he's going to do while there, but it's still pretty wild that this even happened. He's known as GeoHot around the web, where he's credited for helping people jailbreak their phones for unlock purposes. He's also the guy that let loose instructions that enabled PS3 owners to modify their game consoles to run unauthorized... Read more...
It's been several months since news of the PS3's core vulnerabilities hit the news, but the case remains stuck in judicial limbo. Sony wants to move the case to California on the grounds that Hotz accessed the PlayStation Network (PSN), which is physically located in that state. Hotz's lawyers have counter-claimed that since Hotz is not a resident of California and is a person, rather than a corporation, the suit should be prosecuted in New Jersey where Hotz himself lives. Sony currently claims to have evidence that George Hotz and one "blickmaniac" are the same person, based on the fact that one... Read more...
Renowned jailbreaker George Hotz, AKA geohot, has fled to South America, according to court documents filed by SCEA in the matter. Hotz is well known for jailbreaking the iPhone, but his issues with Sony Computer Entertainment America stem from jailbreaking the PS3. Not only is Hotz in South America, according to the filing, although he has handed over the hard drives which a California court ordered him to, in order to have data collected from them, he removed "integral components" from them prior to delivering them to a third party analysis agency.  The documents were filed on March 18,... Read more...
Sony may use serial keys to verify legal PS3 games in the wake of the complete PS3 hacks publicized earlier this month, but the efficacy of such a plan is dubious at best. The Dutch website PS3-Sense reports that a very reliable source close to Sony has informed them that Sony will begin issuing unique serial keys for all PS3 games at some point in the near future. The client-server support for such a security model has reportedly existed in the PlayStation Network since the console launched—if true, Sony could deploy the system in considerably less time than it would otherwise take. Product... Read more...
Sony's attempts to prevent piracy on both the PS3 and PSP have taken a number of blows in recent weeks. Today, the company announced that it intends to sue the PS3 hacker GeoHot, who's been an increasingly large thorn in the company's side over the past 18 months. When Sony released the 3.21 firmware update that broke Other OS functionality, it was GeoHot who first demonstrated his own custom firmware running both 3.21 and Other OS simultaneously. For more information on the repercussions of Sony's decision and its anti-piracy efforts to that date, check our original coverage here. Let's recap... Read more...
When Sony announced it was terminating the PlayStation 3's ability to run Linux operating systems about a month ago, we knew it was a decision that could send ripples through the small community of users that relied upon the function. It also struck a nasty chord with gamers who might not utilize the feature, but were wary of Sony's ability to alter the core functionality of a system with a unilateral declaration. Sony has just been sued over its actions by a California man, Anthony Ventura, who claims to have purchased the system for its "Other OS" functionality and alleges that the electronic... Read more...