Big Brother is watching you

Discussion in 'PS3 - Hacking & Homebrew' started by vistauk, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. vistauk

    vistauk Member

    Oct 18, 2007
    Sony has been given access to the website of the chap who first hacked the PlayStation 3’s security, thus enabling the playing of pirated software. This lets them track the computer details of anyone who has ever looked at it.
    US magistrate Joseph Spero granted Sony this somewhat invasive permission after an earlier similar request was denied. If this is second time lucky for Sony, it’s potentially very unlucky for legions of PS3 gamers who may only have visited George Hotz’s website because they were interested to learn what all the fuss was about. But it gets worse.

    Sony has also been given access to Google, YouTube and Twitter files relating to the hack. In theory this means they could trace anyone who has ever checked out Hotz’s online blog; who has viewed/commented on the YouTube clip explaining how the hack works or who has contributed to the lively chat on Hotz’s Twitter account.

    As we reported earlier, Sony has been sending out cease-and-desist orders to PS3 users who were suspected of using the hack – lifetime bans from the PlayStation Network were threatened if compliance was not immediately forthcoming. Presumably this latest move makes it easier for them to cast their net further and wider. Unfortunately this is also likely to ensnare large numbers of the merely curious alongside the bona-fide transgressors.

    Perhaps that’s just the price we all have to pay now that this hack is in the public domain. Such draconion measures are unlikely to wipe out piracy altogether, though - hackers have reportedly already discovered ways to reverse any ban that's handed to them.

    Whatever the case, we can’t help thinking that none of this would have been necessary if Sony had secured its console properly in the first place...
  2. Vulpes Abnocto

    Vulpes Abnocto Drinks, Knows Things

    Former Staff
    Jun 24, 2008
    United States
    Who is "we"?
    Where does this come from?
    Aren't there enough threads about this already?

    XXLANCEXX GBAtemp Maniac

    Nov 13, 2009
    United States
    In my house
    I was thinking the same thing
  4. purplesludge

    purplesludge anyone have any ideas for this space

    Mar 2, 2009
    United States
    Apparently it is from here. But this has been posted a lot.
  5. Originality

    Originality Chibi-neko

    Apr 21, 2008
    London, UK
    Firstly, don't just copy/paste an article without citing the source.

    Secondly, find a better source. Sony have access to the logs for everybody who looked at Hotz's files (read, watched the jailbreak video from YouTube or accessed his site) since 2009. This is NOT to sue them, but to use them as STATISTICS against Hotz.
    Source: Escapist Magazine, who got their info from Wired.