Items tagged with George Hotz

The online protest group Anonymous launched a DDoS attack against Sony yesterday in retaliation for the company's recent legal activity. Sony has continued to pursue legal action against George Hotz, the onetime iPhone and PS3 hacker. Hotz landed in hot water for his efforts to restore the PS3's ability to run Linux; both he and the hacker group Fail0verflow have maintained that they do not condone or support game piracy. The bombardment knocked playstation.com offline for about thirty minutes. sony, meanwhile, has taken the group's threats seriously enough to retain Prolexic, an online security... 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...
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...