Magistrate Says Sony Can Subpoena IP Addresses

Bad news, hacking and modding fans: a federal magistrate last week granted Sony the right to subpoena web addresses of all the users who have accessed since 2009.

The website is the domain owned by renowned hacker George Hotz, who Sony is currently suing the pants off of for his role in helping to spread around the Playstation 3 root key and basically show pirates exactly how to exploit the system. Raising all kinds of web privacy issues, Sony has been allowed to subpoena the server records for, as well as for certain videos on YouTube and information from Hotz’s Twitter account and his blog.

According to the story from Ars Technica, the subpoena for goes to Bluehost, which hosts the site:

The approved subpoena requires the company to turn over ‘documents reproducing all server logs, IP address logs, account information, account access records and application or registration forms’ tied to Hotz’s hosting. The Bluehost subpoena also demands ‘any other identifying information corresponding to persons or computers who have accessed or downloaded files hosted using your service and associated’ with the website, including but not limited to the ‘ file.’

Sony claims it needs the information to prove the “distribution” of the hack — basically to show that, yes, Hotz made the thing available and it spread like wildfire — and to settle a dispute over jurisdiction between California and New Jersey over where the case should be handled.


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