Sony Sues PS3 Hackers

Published by: dallaseste on 17th Jan 2011 | View all blogs by dallaseste
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Sony Sues PS3 Hackers

Sony has filed a lawsuit against a group of hackers over the hacking of its PlayStation 3 game console.  The lawsuit claims that the hacking of the security features on the console has caused “irreparable injury and damage” to the company because people can now run pirated games on the system.

The PS3 was once considered invulnerable and one of the most secure gaming consoles ever built.  Bu that changed in December when a group calling themselves fail0verflow announced that they had broken several lower levels of the console's encryption system which allowed them to run their own programs on it.

Shortly after that, an American hacker named George Hotz, who had gained notoriety for unlockling the iPhone, expanded on fail0verflow's method to completely unlock the system by obtaining the master encryption key.  Hotz then published a decryptor key and released jailbreak software to allow others to run unauthorized software on the system.  The hack was a huge blow to Sony, who licenses and sells its own games for the PS3.

Both Hotz and fail0verflow's members have said they feel confident that the suit will not go anywhere, and maintain that their only motivation is to run their own games on the system, and that they do not support or condone piracy in any form.  Sony, meanwhile, argues that the publishing of the code is encouraging piracy and violates the end user agreement.  “Indeed, in the last few days people have already started copying, playing and trafficking in pirated copies of video games,” a statement from the company read.

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