Sony Gets Access To Geohot’s PC

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston has ruled that George Hotz must allow Sony access to sift through his PC’s hard drive, according to Wired, in order to find traces of how Hotz managed to hack the PS3’s security.

“I find probable cause that your client has got these things on his computer,” said Illston, although she makes it clearly that Sony can only look for the stuff that’s relevant to the case.


“It’s a problem when more than one thing is kept on the computer. I’ll make sure the order is and will be that Sony is only entitled to isolate … the information on the computer that relates to the hacking of the PlayStation.”

Although hacking mobile phones is technically lawful under the DMCA in the US, other copyrighted works don’t fall under the same umbrella, although Hotz’ lawyer doesn’t agree.  “The conduct Mr. Hotz has engaged in is still covered by the DMCA,” he said.

In addition to this court order, Sony has been sending out an “undisclosed” number of DMCA takedown notices to websites that have published the code.

We assume these takedowns won’t venture as far as marketing figure Kevin Butler.



  1. I would find it quite funny if Geohot had some security on his PC that meant Sony had to circumvent it (break the DMCA) to gain access.

    • *ironic

      • Would that even be a possibility considering they have been given legal persmission to access it?

      • If it’s encrypted, in England, it’s illegal to withhold the password. In the US (afaik), it’s actually fine to do that, something to do with having the right to not incriminate yourself.

      • Alright the law in UK that could be used to get you to disclose a password is called Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.

        It can only be used in criminal law, it has no use in civil law.

        So no that could not get you to disclose the password unless it involved the police.

      • Ah, I didn’t know that, that’s nice.

    • Just because sony have been granted access doesnt mean they know how,
      would be funny if he had some sort of security that if they pressed the wrong key they had 10 seconds to type a passeord before the machine caught fire


      Anyone? I would of just done it to be ironic.

  2. Lets hope he in ‘cahoots’ with Gary Glitter or his day is about to get a lot worse….

    Pirates = Cnuts!!!

    • Being in “Cahoots” would surely mean his day IS going to get worse not better… :)

      • Yep, thats what i meant dude,


  3. Geohot porn galore

  4. This is why hackers should live like Gene Hackman in Enemy Of The State, things should have exploded long before now

    • classic film, great and scary at the same time

  5. Going through his pc hard drive shouldn’t be allowed or it should have been long destroyed or given to someone to hide.

    • …says the pirate

      :) just kidding :)

      you must have way too much porn on your HDD to make that comment…

      …I’ve got just enough ;)

  6. Given weeks of warning, is there some reason why he’d still have relevant info on “his computer?”

  7. Surely someone with the technical expertise like geohotz despite being misguided is smart enough not to keep his important law breaking data on a hdd i would of thought a cloud account or online storage would of been a better choice.

  8. why do sony want to do this? are they really that clueless at how he did it??????????

  9. Surely it’s much better simply to legally compel Hotz to tell Sony how he did it? He couldn’t lie as they would just check. If he has multiple ways of doing it and witholds one, he escapes BUT if he’s stupid enough to release THAT (he isn’t) then Sony can bomb his drive.

  10. lawyered!

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