Sony Files Restraining Order Against Root Key Hackers
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, geohot.com, 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.