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Sony goes after Playstation hackers

Insecure company lashes out
Wed Jan 12 2011, 13:47

THE JAPANESE GIANT of technology and entertainment, Sony is going to waste lots of money and get all Samurai on the hacking group Failoverflow because one of its members made public security codes that can allow any software to be run on the company's Playstation.

The 21-year old hacker George Hotz is enemy number one as far as Sony is concerned, and it has filed a restraining order in a California court to stop Hotz from doing much with a computer.

The accused told the BBC he wasn't bovvered. He said, "I have spoken with legal counsel and I feel comfortable that Sony's action against me doesn't have any basis."

Sony's lawsuit argues that the publication of the security codes constitutes copyright infringement and computer fraud. The complaint says that the hacker's work facilitates the counterfeiting of video games and it makes the claim that illegally copied video games are being packaged and distributed with these circumvention devices already.

According to the BBC, the Playstation's protection was secure for several years but last December Failoverflow members demonstrated the hack at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin.

Rather than wasting money by attacking people in courts of law, Sony might better hire the hacker group as white hats to develop a more secure system. How can corporations claim to have secure systems if part-time hobbyists can crack them? For all the hardware excellence that is seen in so many Sony products why, like many other companies, is its software security so crap? Legal action against people isn't going to improve Sony's software security or prevent future hacking. µ


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