Judge Sides with Sony in PS3 Hacker Scandal
A federal magistrate has approved a request by Sony, the maker of PlayStation, to obtain personal information about anyone who visited the website of hacker George Hotz, who published the details of his break-in of PlayStation 3 last year.
The decision, handed down March 6, allows Sony to collect the IP addresses of anyone who has checked out the site geohot.com since January 2009. On it Hotz posted the encryption key and software tools used in his PS 3 hack, Wired reported
San Francisco magistrate Joseph Spero also granted permission for Sony to subpoena Google, YouTube and Twitter for information on anyone who was exposed to Hotz's hacking guidebook.
Hotz, a 21-year-old New Jersey resident, is charged with violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and with committing copyright infringement, among other charges.
One of the subpoenas forces Google to turn over the logs of Hotz's Blogger.com account, geohotps.3.blogspot.com. In issuing a subpoena to YouTube for information connected to Hotz's geohot account, Sony is attempting to identity the user names and IP addresses of anyone who may have commented on or simply watched -- the video called Jailbroken PS3 3.55 with Homebrew.
The video has been viewed more than 51,000 times.
Sony also subpoenaed Twitter, demanding that it disclose all of Hotz's tweets and documents sufficient to identify all names, addresses, and telephone number associated with the Twitter account.
In the court documents, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) called the subpoenas overly broad. Spero dismissed the claim as without merit, and wrote The subpoenas in question are in fact narrowly tailored toward jurisdictional discovery.