SONY CONSOLE HACKER Geohot has denied having anything to do with the massive Playstation Network (PSN) security breach.
George Hotz, who uses the handle 'Geohot' and recently settled with Sony after it had sued him for alleged Playstation 3 (PS3) copyright violations, said he wasn't responsible for hacking Sony's PSN and Qriocity services.
In fact, Hotz went so far as to say the breach, which reportedly stole the personal information of PSN users, gave hackers a bad name. He said that it played into the hands of Sony management who want to declare war on hackers and portray them as bad.
"And to anyone who thinks I was involved in any way with this, I'm not crazy, and would prefer to not have the FBI knocking on my door," Geohot wrote on his blog.
"Running homebrew and exploring security on your devices is cool, hacking into someone elses server and stealing databases of user info is not cool.
"You make the hacking community look bad, even if it is aimed at douches like Sony," he added.
Hotz built up a following after Sony filed a lawsuit against him for hacking the PS3 console. Sony even tried to suggest he had gone on the run to South America as the company wanted make him an example to deter other hackers.
The result was that Geohot gained active support from the online hacktivist group Anonymous and received significant donations to a fund for his legal defence, the remainder of which he gave to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. µ
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