Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Mar 2011 13:19 UTC
Legal And so Sony's crusade against Playstation 3 hacker George "Geohot" Hotz continues. After Sony getting all of Geohot's computers and access to server logs and personal details from many of his websites and social media accounts, Sony has now been given access to Geohot's PayPal account, and all information within it - including of the people he has had financial dealings with.
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Reality check
by mrhasbean on Fri 18th Mar 2011 00:47 UTC
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While I don't think Sony should be going after this twit as hard as they are, and I certainly don't believe they should have been given access to the info they have, are there honestly people trying to make out that this guy had no intention or prior inkling that his work would be used for piracy? Honestly? Get real people.

With relation to to the car analogy. The problem with that little comparison is that anyone who decides to drop a big block chev donk into their Kia, or even throw some massive blower on it's standard 1300cc plant, understands there will be consequences. And certainly wouldn't expect to be able to go to Kia for parts, or if the front suspension / drive train collapsed under the load.

Conversely, many PS3's will be modded, unbeknownst to the "owner", by the 14 year old son's - who will not consider the consequences of their actions AT ALL - of those who actually paid for them. So if / when things stop working as expected, or the console won't update or play online (it's front suspension collapses under the load), and the 14 year old says "well I didn't do anything to it", the purchaser will expect to go back to Sony to have the problem rectified, and I guarantee they won't expect to pay for it. Of course we all know Sony wouldn't cover it anyway, but they still have to deal with these people, and handle the bad press they get from these people who then complain that Sony has done them wrong.

THIS is the problem Sony, and other companies like them, face. If he hacked the thing for his own personal use, and maybe shared the info with some hacker friends who kept it to themselves, I doubt Sony would have bothered. But he decided to play with fire, and now he's getting burned...

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