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Did You Visit Geohot.com? Sony Now Knows Who You Are

The ongoing battle between George Hotz and Sony has taken yet another and somewhat frightening twist.  A federal magistrate has granted Sony permission to obtain the IP address of each and every visitor to his website.  Sony was also granted access to data from YouTube, Blogger and Twitter related to George Hotz and the PS3 hack.

Sony maintains that it needs this information, to prove that Hotz breached the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by offering the tools to crack a PS3 console. Sony also wishes to demonstrate that those who downloaded the hack reside in Northern California; which would make the case answerable in San Francisco (favourable to Sony) rather than Hotz’ home state of New Jersey.

Regardless of what Sony‘s intentions are with this data, the fact that a judge has granted them access to such widespread information is frightening and sets a dangerous precedent for the future.

via: WiredCVG

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  • Sony can suck it!

  • “Why don’t we just deregulate Sony’s Network and let third-party providers step in. That way the haves and the have not’s have equal access to their own independent rights.”

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  • if you have nothing to fear you shouldn’t worry so yeah go sony i give you permission to check my house if you want you are just trying to save your interest plus i bet you’ll find the ip from some one from MS than you might be able to take them down

  • If these hackers didn’t use the hack for illegal reasons this kid would be in so much trouble.. shame on you all from taking money from hard working company’s and ppl! smh. But at the same time whenever you give a idiot a tool don’t expect them not to miss use it, all he had to do was demonstrate not show the WORLD HEY THIS IS HOW YOU HACK THE PS3 THIS IS THE SOURCE CODE DUH. GOOD THING IT WASN’T MICROSOFT’S 360 they’d probably would have put a hit on the kid. And to add to it the system may be yours but once you show ppl something like that YOU LOSE YOUR RIGHTS as a OWNER.

    • GOOD THING IT WASN’T MICROSOFT’S 360 they’d probably would have put a hit on the kid. Now thats funny.

  • Yeah now I’m finally noticed!! But probably not for a good reason >:/

  • Bob

    sony sux, geohot rulez

  • “drrrr Sony can teh suck it”

    You people who are following this turd like sheep are complete idiots. Get your facts and read the case against him. He committed computer fraud, copy right infringement and extortion. Sony has good reason to go after this guy. You people just refuse to read the facts and jump on your anti-corporation band wagon.

    read it and weep you fools.

    http://sarcasticgamer.com/wp/index.php/2011/02/geohot-separating-legal-fact-from-fiction.html

  • “Regardless of what Sony‘s intentions are with this data, the fact that a judge has granted them access to such widespread information is frightening and sets a dangerous precedent for the future.”

    No it doesn’t. This is common in cases like this. They are trying to find and minimize the amount of people with this information from giving it out and spreading even further. You people really need to check your facts before commenting on legal matters.

    • Just want to add if you people bothered to read the Terms of Service and User Agreements you would understand Sony reserves the right to change or take away any feature within the PS3’s software anytime for any reason.

  • Nice idea “@really”
    Bares repeating by another voice:

    “Why don’t we just deregulate Sony’s Network and let third-party providers step in. That way the haves and the have not’s have equal access to their own independent rights.”

    Visit Facebook page: ” SONY DISCLOSURE ” for a good geek at the ugly face of Sony Corp.

  • I have no feelings for or against the guy, I just think that Sony are going about this the wrong way. The hack is online, even IF they get a legal victory over George Hotz they can never undo the damage that is done. Yes it was stupid for George Hotz to post the hack software on his website, he must have known that while HE didn’t use it to pirate games SOMEONE would(I have a post elsehwere about piracy so I won’t go into that here)

    Personally I feel that the way Sony are acting at the moment is the same as someone who, when they find a large hole in a damn decided to find someone to blame rather than finding a method to plug it.

    As for the argument on the EULA and Sony’s right to remove features from the software as they see fit, it is valid. It does state that in the EULA and most other comapnies will have similiar condititions in there T&C. However what Sony did wasn’t a minor change and it has been argued that Sony are now in breach of the Sales Of Goods Act by selling a feature then removing it. In the UK there has been at least one case of someone successully claiming this and getting their money back, and in the stats there is currently a class action lawsuit in the works regarding it.

    My concern is that across the world there are various privacy laws, all of which take a back seat because of a decision made by ONE man. It does set a dangerous precident, the idea that a corporation can obtain MY details simply because I visited one(which for the record I haven’t) website is frightening.

    To heas14; I could write at length about the concept of the argument “if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear” but I won’t. If you are happy to let Sony come and search your house good for you. I wouldn’t let anyone in my house for such a frivilous reason

    • Ray

      Sony isn’t going to com search Antibes house. If that was what they were doing I would agree with you. Why they are trying to do is stop the spread of this information, private key information that was copy written and kept private to protect their network and console from piracy. If this tactic scares some if these losers who don’t want to pay for their games from spreading this info further, then so be it. This doesn’t sound unreasonable to me as you stated, “if you jaw boning to hide, then you have nothing to worry about.”

      • Ray

        Sorry about the typos. Stupid iPhone auto corrector.

  • Wow. Sony is a bunch of assholes. And it’s even worse since I just went to his website.

    • Ray

      You shouldn’t be looking for ways to pirate games then.

  • “My concern is that across the world there are various privacy laws, all of which take a back seat because of a decision made by ONE man. It does set a dangerous precident, the idea that a corporation can obtain MY details simply because I visited one(which for the record I haven’t) website is frightening”

    Sony vs. Hotz

    The bigger picture.

  • Kas

    Sony can see my ip address I don’t care, I’ll battle thm in court too

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  • i visit the web site !! and so what i was wondering who hack the ps3 network wow a kid! i cant believe ps3 network aint that secure!! at all . hey we can pay 25-50 for better internet . ps3 need to step up. i cant connect with my friend because of the difference of place if am miami some of my friend are in panama not even i have one of my friend 5 house from me and i cant connect with him thats some b.s

  • i swear to god i visited the website to see what this little fuck is doing and if sony comes into my house,i dont care if they have the clearance to come in i dont give a shit im calling the police and will explain to them why i went on to the asshole’s website.

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