PS3 Hacker Geohot order to hand over hard drive

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Feb 11, 2011
  1. ciris
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    California court upholds restraining order; Sony now allowed to inspect hacker’s PC for PS3 jailbreak files.

    PlayStation 3 hacker George “Geohot” Hotz has been ordered to hand over his computer to Sony so it can examine his hard drive and retrieve information related to his hack.

    Hotz was originally told to hand over his computer late last month when Sony’s motion for a temporary restraining order was granted. A California district court gave him ten days to hand over “any computers, hard drives, CD-Roms, DVDs, USB stick, and any other devices on which any circumvention devices are stored in [his] possession, custody or control”.

    Stewart Kellar, Hotz’s lawyer, asked the judge to reconsider, and a hearing was called for yesterday during which Kellar said Hotz should not have to hand over his computer as Sony would be able to observe all of his client’s files irrespective of whether they pertained to the PS3 jailbreak.

    Judge Susan Illston replied: “Them’s the breaks,” reports Wired, informing Kellar that it was routine to perform a full search of a computer when looking for something specific, citing child pornography cases as evidence.

    “I find probable cause that your client has got these things on his computer,” she told Kellar. “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 [3].”

    However the judge did back down on one aspect of the restraining order in which she had ordered Hotz to retrieve all code relating to the jailbreak, something Kellar argued was impossible given the rapid spread of PS3 hacking tools over the internet.

    “It’s information,” she said. “It can’t be retrieved. It’s just not practical. What would they do, Xerox it and mail it back? This kind of got away from me and I apologise.”
     


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    What is this going to accomplish? All of the information about the PS3's guts are out there, and all of the tools made for hacking the PS3 are pretty much open source.
    There's nothing to be found on that hard drive except for private information.
     
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    Evidence to get a conviction I'm guessing.
     
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    wow like he probably hasn't already backed up the info and sent it to a safe place like a friend of his or even sent it over the internet to a friend of his for safe keeping
     
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    But that evidence is also online, he didn't hide anything.

    That's like breaking entry into someone's house to get evidence of all the money they stole from a bank in broad daylight.
     
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    Yeah, he had 10 days, which is enough time to wipe that drive that hd several times over. [​IMG]
     
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    How do you know he didn't hide anything? This is Geohot, one of the biggest attention whores on the internet. He probably had something hidden that he'd spring as soon as his popularity was about to die down.

    And who knows, maybe they'll find some CP on his drives and pass it on to the police.


    And if the drive is wiped, it'll be a clear obstruction of justice and he'll get into even more shit (Not to mention it pretty much says "I'm guilty").
     
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    Then he gets busted for tampering with evidence, even better.
     
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    but even so there are online storages that ppl can use to store all their information. and depending on where those servers are for those online storages, Sony cant do a thing about it.
     
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    He's probably smart enough to know that the best way to destroy data completely is to over-write it a few times.
     
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    I'd hand them my hard drive covered in neodymium magnets and wish them the best of fucking luck.

    Sony isn't a law-enforcement agency. I don't think an "obstruction of justice" charge would stick.
     
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    That wouldn't really do anything. It would still be readable.

    Handing the hard drive over in tiny pieces, on the other hand... [​IMG] *cough*disk*cough*hammer*cough*"oops"*cough*
     
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    If they would ask my hardrive I would:
    1.Formatt it.
    2.Put gay porn,viruses,nintendo pics etc. on it.
    3.Put a sticker on it saying "IT'S YOURS NOW"
    4.Give it to them.
     
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    Just, ya know accidentally drop it a few times on your way over to the courthouse. I'm sure they will understand it was an accident.
     
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    wow that is some bs
     
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    So they'll crucify GeoHot in an attempt to make an example of him.

    We already know Sony hates Christians. So crucifying someone is right up their alley.

    [​IMG]

    But in reality they'll just make him a martyr. And more people will join his cause. And the hatred towards this company and public backlash will continue to grow. By their own actions Sony is feediing a tsunami of negative karma that is destroying the company's rep and the playstation brand.
     
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    Old news is old.
     
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    Or put a magnet to the hard drive, that's even faster.
     

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