Famous iOS Hacker, George “GeoHot” Hotz who is known as the founder of iPhone hacking is working on Sony PlayStation 3 these days. Recently he released the “root keys” for Sony PS3. By using these keys anyone can install custom HomeBrew Application on the PS3. He is not the only one jailbreaking the Sony PS3, there are few guys from Germany known as fail0verflow who worked on decrypting the root keys.
Sony filed a Lawsuit against GeoHot and fail0verflow, because they consider this act as installing pirated Games on PS3.
The Lawsuit says:
Defendants George Hotz, “Bushing,” Hector Cantero, Sven Peter and “Segher”
(collectively, “Defendants”) are computer hackers. Working individually and in concert with one another, Defendants recently bypassed effective technological protection measures (“TPMs”) employed by plaintiff Sony Computer Entertainment America LLP (“SCEA”) in its proprietary PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system (“PS3 System”). Through the Internet, Defendants are distributing software, tools and instructions (collectively, “Circumvention Devices”) that circumvent the TPMs in the PS3 System and facilitate the counterfeiting of video games. Already, pirated video games are being packaged and distributed with these circumvention devices. Declaration of Ryan T. Bricker In Support of Ex Parte Motion for Temporary Restraining Order And Order To Show Cause Re Preliminary Injunction; Order for Impoundment (“Bricker Decl.”) ¶2, Exh. A. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 65 and Local Rules 65-1 and 7-10, SCEA moves ex parte to put an immediate halt to the ongoing distribution of these illegal Circumvention Devices and avoid
irreparable harm to SCEA and to other video game software developers stemming from video game piracy.
After that GeoHot posted the following note on his website:
As of 1/11/2011 7:20 PM EST, I have been served with papers, see below…
Also he appeared on the show G4′s The Loop talking about his Lawsuit and the Sony PS3 jailbreak. GeoHot claims that jailbreaking is not piracy, infact it helps Sony to improve their security system.
Check out the video below of GeoHot after Sony filed Lawsuit against him.