OVERBEARING JAPANESE COMPANY Sony has claimed that George Hotz, the Playstation 3 hacker that it's taking to court sabotaged evidence and has fled to South America.
Sony is suing the well known hacker Hotz, known as 'Geohot', in the hope of hanging him out to dry as a warning to other hackers. It has accused him of disabling his hard drives before he handed them in for evidence, and has also accused him of fleeing the US using the cash he received from well-wishers who donated money for his legal defence.
"SCEA learned that Hotz had deliberately removed integral components of his impounded hard drives prior to delivering them to a third party neutral and that Hotz is now in South America," wrote Sony in a court filing.
Sony reckoned it tracked Geohot down on a PlayStation Network account running out of his town in the US under the name "blickmanic". One of Geohot's defences is that he never signed up for a Playstation Network account, so he couldn't legally be charged with violating its terms and conditions.
But Hotz, otherwise known as Geohot online, will not go without a fight. Yesterday he posted at his blog from, well, not from the US but from South America. However, he denied he was there because he fled the country to escape from Sony's legal clutches.
"Factually, it's true I'm in South America, on a vacation I've had planned and paid for since November," wrote Hotz.
"Rest assured that not a dime of legal defence money would ever go toward something like this," he added.
Back in January, Sony obtained a restraining order against Hotz, claiming that he had violated the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. µ
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