Sony wins temporary restraining order against Hotz

First step in long legal battle favours Sony

Sony has been granted a temporary restraining order against George Hotz and the hacking group fail0verflow after they published root key details and cracks for the PlayStation 3.

The order forbids Hotz from hacking any PlayStation hardware, distributing or linking to the jailbreak for the PlayStation 3, or helping others to do so, according to documents reprinted on Engadget.

Last year Hotz released an exploit for the PlayStation 3, while earlier this year fail0verflow released information on how to completely circumvent security measures for the system.

It's only the first step for Sony, but it has proven to the court that PlayStation 3 jailbreaks can cause ongoing harm to the business. Although Hotz is forbidden from distributing the crack, it is still widely available over the internet.

Sony has is also seeking to impound any of Hotz' hardware and software that store or details PlayStation 3 security circumvention, and claiming the defendants have violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Copyright Act and related common laws covered by the California Comprehensive Computer Data Access and Fraud Act.

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Kevin Clark-Patterson Lecturer in Games Development, Lancaster and Morecambe College10 years ago
*DING DING* Round 1.

Sony WINS!

How's the [anti piracy] 3.56 update doing...?

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.10 years ago
Kevin, firmware 3.56 was round 1 and the hackers won that round almost instantly. Some are calling it the fastest hacked firmware of any console in history.
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game10 years ago
I appreciate that this restraining order may lead to other things but:

"The order forbids Hotz from hacking any PlayStation hardware, distributing or linking to the jailbreak for the PlayStation 3, or helping others to do so,"

Perhaps a bit redundant seeing as he has already hacked it, and release the crack on the interwebz, so even if he can't do it any more, it's out there. Something about closing stable doors and bolting horses comes to mind.
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@Kevin It's been hacked already, some site's say minutes some say a few hours after release by a Wii-hacker called Youness Alaoui a.k.a. KaKaRoToKs.

Source: [link url=

Also a dutch website as source, but I doubt any of you speak dutch :P

It's a sad day...

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Joffrie Diependaele on 28th January 2011 9:39am

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Jordan Woodward Level Designer, Codemasters Birmingham10 years ago
Somehow I don't think this is going to stop them.
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 10 years ago
If anything Jordan it'll encourage them I feel!
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Joe Bassi Managing Director & Business Development, Mertech Data Systems10 years ago
“Greetings, Programs!

Another victory! The Electronic Court for the Northern District of California granted us the power to possess all hardware belonging to the User George Hotz!

Out there is a new world! Out there is our victory! Out there is our destiny!”
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 10 years ago
There's a line or three from The Big Lebowski that's good for this topic. Anyway, part of the fallout from all this is going to be MORE focus on the negative elements of the hacking community (in terms of demonizing everyone for the antics of a few). That and we who don't give a rat's ass about hacking are going to be forced to deal with stupid updates and more nonsense designed to "thwart" any shifty activities.

Yeah, yeah, the PS3 SHOULD have had better security, blah and blah and blah (and yup, shame on Sony for that chunk of lazy). But I'd like to see your faces when you go home and see that your door has been taken gently off its hinges while the cop writing the report looks up and tells you "Well, you should have has a few more locks on your door". You'd buy all the locks you can, a bigger door, guard dog and a few weapons even if they catch the guys who did the deed.

I think some of these egomaniacs need to get the hell to ninja school, learn to keep what they do under the radar and stop trying to affect everyone who doesn't want a fcking PS4 before Sony is ready to put out a new home console (as this seems to be the latest excuse of the day some are coughing up for the hack's eventual purpose).

Anyway, this needs to be settled out of court, or else if Hotz loses, it'll be open season on folks who probably don't want the authorities knocking on their doors.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Greg Wilcox on 28th January 2011 6:57pm

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Doug Paras10 years ago
Its funny they call this a victory but Sony has already knocked itself out. They made this a huge public thing giving people the knowledge that there is a hack and that they can get easy access. Nothing they do now will help this and it will only push more hackers to move against each piece of hardware they put out more fervently.

All I see is sony try harder to get out of the quicksand and only struggling to cause them to sink faster.
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Johnathan Waring Studying BSC Computer Games Programmings, Teesside University10 years ago
Its going to be the psp all over again, just a game of tennis patching and counter patches.
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Doug Paras10 years ago
Can't patch this though, its a hardware hack not software.
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 10 years ago
Nothing will keep the PS3 or any hardware from being hacked. If not George Hotz it will be someone else. The whole George Hotz thing is just to discourage other people from doing it. And the more Sony publicises this "victory" the more people are gonna want to hack their hardware. They are basically advertising how there hardware can be hacked. Quit frankly I would do two things to fight Piracy... Discourage it (its the most you can do) and do more about the used games market.

And also development costs are too high. And when you combine a) Piracy, b)the used games market and c)development costs... these 3 things are driving many studios down under.
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