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PS3 Hacker GeoHot Flees To South America

According to VentureBeat, Sony says that 21-year-old George Hotz, a hacker who reverse-engineered the security system for the PlayStation 3, has fled the country to South America in attempts to avoid a court hearing that he destroyed evidence. “Sony said in a court filing that Hotz, known as GeoHot, lied about having a PlayStation Network account and destroyed his computer hard disks rather than hand them over to Sony’s lawyers. Hotz allegedly wrote code capable of circumventing the security protection on the PS 3 so it can run unauthorized software and pirated games.”

Stewart Kellar, Hot’s attorney announced that he has no fled to South America and the missing components have been given to Sony. However, it is unclear where Hotz is. It kind of makes you think whether Kellar is telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help him God.

Sony works very hard to prevent hackers from “chipping” their PS3 brain-child into being able to play pirated games. The Gaming Industry is a billion dollar Industry and producers, developers, QA testers, and every person employed by the Industry needs to get paid. If PS3 chipping became widely known, it is possible that Sony would go down in flames. After all, who would pay $50-$70 a game when they can just download it and burn it for $5 or less. The courts ordered Hotz to hand over his PS3 consoles, computers and other equipment, completely “untouched.” Try telling a hacker that he can’t touch his own computer, and let us know what happens! Sony claims that Hotz erased key evidence that Sony intended to use against him. He was accused of violating the Digital Millenium Copyright Act and the Computer Fraud Abuse Act by sharing his “jailbreaking” tools with as many as 13,000 people in California alone! Jailbreaking or “rooting” is a term used when a person hacks into their own device, be it an iPad, mobile phone, or in this case, a PS3. In essence, they are getting into the core and unlocking all the features of the device, bypassing security “checkpoints.

Hotz foolishly announced his new found tool at psx-scene.com (a PlayStation website.) Although we do not promote violating the law, Hotz may have saved himself a worse charge by destroying the evidence. Check out the video below to what “jailbreaking” looks like!

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