Sony Files Restraining Order Against Root Key Hackers

Sony has kept quiet publicly about the release of the Playstation 3′s root key, but behind the scenes, the gears on a lawsuit are turning.

Hackers George Hotz (geohot) and the group fail0verflow posted papers they claim to have received from Sony Computer Entertainment America, detailing a proposed restraining order against them, as well as an injunction and the impounding of the hackers’ equipment, including computers, hard drives, Playstation 3, USB sticks and other media.

It’s not a court order yet, just notification that Sony has filed a motion with the court. But that’s more than 100 PS3 hackers from whom Sony wants to seize property and restrain from using the PS3. In the meantime, the preliminary paperwork has caused Hotz, the primary defendant, to strip his site,, clean.

The motion argues that the release of the root key violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act because it knowingly opens the PS3 to piracy. Sony claims Hotz gained monetary benefit from releasing the root key through donations to his PayPal account.

And here’s another wrinkle for anyone who is using the root key info from before it was taken down: Sony might be able to detect jailbroken PS3s, according to a VG247 story. Supposedly, an Internet connection enables all PS3s to connect back with Sony headquarters, even if you’re not signed in with a Playstation ID. At minimum, it could mean being banned from the Playstation Network, but Digital Foundry speculates that Sony might be able to send a kill signal that disables jailbroken PS3s. Yikes.

Via Kotaku.

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5 Comments on Sony Files Restraining Order Against Root Key Hackers

Jeff Mills

On January 12, 2011 at 11:41 am

I think they finally realized they can’t fix what was done with a patch and now just want to make everything disappear.


On January 14, 2011 at 2:40 am

That is Complete and utter bull. that ing act is going to piss off allot of people cause Sony won’t realese stuff to Datel which is bull as i said before so people have to keep there ing psp/ps3 downgraded just so they can use something they spent 40 bucks on and all ing sony is doing is cause more people to get piss off because any sign of someone messing with their ps3 or should I say sony ps3 cause people have follow the rules of a god damn company that prevent them to do what the will with some they just spent 300-550 bucks. do I miss anything in rant. I sure hope not cause This just makes it so I dont want sony products anymore there a shove so far up their asses that it coming out of their mouth and back up their ass.


On January 14, 2011 at 7:47 am

This is why I have an Xbox 360 cause Sony sux with company protocols and other that prevent people using the tech they purchased, so yea



On January 14, 2011 at 8:30 am

waselander89 i agree completly with you on this


On January 15, 2011 at 11:50 am

lmfao you have an xbox 360 huh? buy a pc if you want emulators and things like that. by the way, you “just spent 350 bucks on that ps3″?? it was your choice, read the terms and conditions, got. you cant jailbreak it, just read the manual. get over it. buy a pc to do your gotry. idiots, you guys are probably on welfare too.