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Sony met with hacker Geohot

Sony met with hacker Geohot

Tue 01 May 2012 9:12am GMT / 5:12am EDT / 2:12am PDT
Hardware

Revealed in profile of the boy that beat the PlayStation 3

Sony Computer Entertainment

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A new interview with George Hotz, better known by his hacker tag Geohot, has revealed he was invited to meet Sony engineers months after his PlayStation 3 jailbreak.

A profile by The New Yorker reveals Sony received Hotz last may at its US headquarters.

"If there were going to be lawyers there I was going to be the biggest asshole ever," said Hotz, but what he actually found was a group of "respectful" engineers who were interested in his programming talents and how he used them to bypass the console's security.

"We are always interested in exploring all avenues to better safeguard our systems and protect consumers," explained Jim Kennedy, the senior vice-president of strategic communications for Sony Corporation of America.

Hotz released the PlayStation 3 hack in January 2010. In April 2011 Hotz settled with Sony Computer Entertainment, agreeing to a permanent injunction.

"I don't hack because of some ideology," he said in the profile. "I hack because I'm bored."

5 Comments

Tom Keresztes
Programmer

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They should have done this when he broke the ps3 instead of the lawsuit. Would have been invaluable PR.

Posted:2 years ago

#1

Joshua Rose
Executive Producer / Lead Designer

191 81 0.4
"I don't hack because of some ideology," he said in the profile. "I hack because I'm bored
The mark of a true geek right there!

Quote from Big Bang Theory

Sheldon: Someone in Sezchuan province, China is using his computer to turn our lights on and off.



All together: Because we can.

Posted:2 years ago

#2

Andrzej Wroblewski
Localization Generalist

102 69 0.7
I said numerous times over the past 4 years that Sony will end up with the face of an "evil corporation" if they don't change their attitude... Yet... executives will keep their jobs, and continue to make mistakes instead of listening to people whose intuition is almost always right, and following their example.

God, I miss Steve Jobs...

Posted:2 years ago

#3

Morville O'Driscoll
Blogger & Critic

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God, I miss Steve Jobs...
Yeah, whenever there's a discussion of hackers, Jobs and Woz are mentioned. :p

Posted:2 years ago

#4

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

1,020 1,467 1.4
@ Andrezj because Steve Jobs was never seen as evil or anti-consumerist? The guy who cut off all philanthropy in the Apple corporation when he took over? The guy who began the most ridiculous patent war of all time instead of fighting out the competition in the free market? The guy who abandoned his daughter and denied her existence for years to avoid paying up?

That's not to say he didn't do some amazing things. He was a visionary advertiser and really understood the desire for the average person to have something hip and easy to use. iOS is truly an excellent platform... but let's not make Steve Jobs and Apple into a saintly company and Sony into the devil.

Posted:2 years ago

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