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Sony settles with PS3 jailbreak hacker Geohot

Battered by Anonymous, Sony ends litigation with George Hotz
Mon Apr 11 2011, 18:00

IN A JOINT STATEMENT, Sony and hacker George Hotz have announced an end to their legal dustup, and presumably also an end to the Anonymous attacks against Sony.

The two parties took to the web, fittingly since in recent weeks Sony has struggled with its online presence, to announce that it has reached an accord.

"Sony is glad to put this litigation behind us," said Riley Russell, general counsel for Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA). "Our motivation for bringing this litigation was to protect our intellectual property and our consumers. We believe this settlement and the permanent injunction achieve this goal."

"It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier," said Geohot, or George Hotz to his mum. "I'm happy to have the litigation behind me."

Having the litigation behind him means removing any links to his workaround to Sony security systems from forum posts. Hotz has agreed to this, but has denied any wrongdoing.

One thing that Sony will be wanting to put behind it is the barrage of attention that it got, and continues to get from hacktivist group Anonymous.

This month has seen the powerful loosely linked group take down the firm's websites and game network, while this week it plans to advance on its physical stores and disrupt business there.

Although Hotz was not involved in the web attacks, according to the joint statement Sony might still ask him if he won't mind asking his new friends to lay off. µ


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