Sony seeks IDs for Twitter, YouTube users in jailbreak case

If you took a look at the George Hotz (geohot) PlayStation jailbreaking video that was formerly posted to YouTube, Sony wants to know who you are. The company is demanding that a federal judge order Google to release the IP addresses and other identifying information (.PDF) of those individuals who viewed or commented on the video.

The company has also asked Twitter for the information related to the “fail0verflow hacking team,” who first unveiled a rudimentary version of the jailbreak last December. Hotz released a refined hack weeks later when he independently found and published the PS3 root key. Sony has asked for the private information of @KaKaRoToKS, @gnihsub, @pytey, @bl4sty, @marcan42 and @fail0verflow.

Hotz' jailbreak, much like jailbreaks for iOS, allows user to perform functions they can't normally do. In the case of iOS, it means they can install non-Apple approved apps onto iDevices, and also potentially unlock iPhones. In the case of the PS3 it means users can play pirated and homebrewed games.

Ironically, Hotz is famous in the iOS hacking community. He provided a well-received iOS 3.x jailbreak, and has provided others as well. In 2010, the U.S. Copyright Office exempted cell phone jailbreaking from DMCA coverage. However, the act of jailbreaking still voids the warranty of an iDevice.

A hearing on the Twitter and YouTube matters is tentatively set for Wednesday.
Via:  Wired
rapid1 3 years ago

Sounds like Sony is using it's recording industry strategy for people who illegally download music to me. Of course it is in a different market place, but the strategy sounds the same. My real issue with this is that if I or anyone else purchases equipment of any type whether it be computing or anything else they own it. So unless Sony or any other company that sells equipment makes you sign a legal contract which is notarized at the time of purchase how can they tell you what you can do with YOUR equipment. I could understand it if they were doing something which resulted from malice, or caused personal harm to someone. However that is obviously not the aim of anyone in this matter!

3vi1 3 years ago

ROFL... they want my IP address and identity for watching the video? Go ahead!

I can't wait for them to drag me into court only to have me show the jury how my PS3 is crippled from playing online with any of my games because I would not upgrade from the old OtherOS-capable firmware to the current version, and have refused to use any hacks to get around it. Just being *interested* in how this bait-and-switch has come back to bite them in the ass is not a crime.

It's scare-tactics, is what it is. I refuse to buy any more Sony products and encourage everyone else to do the same.  The more they do this stuff, the more attention they give to their faulty security, the more piracy they will incur.

If GeoHotz ends up winning in court, and he has a pretty damned good chance, I'm going to laugh my head off for a week due to the way Sony treated me - a totally legal customer.

realneil 3 years ago

Is it possible for them to rootkit a PS3?

3vi1 3 years ago

>> Is it possible for them to rootkit a PS3?

There was actually a rumor (unfounded, as far as I know) that the new 3.56 firmware scanned you drive and sent the results to Sony. Even if it did, I'm sure they've got an arcane clause in their changeable-at-a-whim-without-two-party-agreement ToS that says it's perfectly legal for them to do so.

"Most people, I think, don't even know what a rootkit is, so why should they care about it?" - Thomas Hesse, Sony BMG's president of global digital business, responding to the outcry over Sony's DRM Rootkit spyware uncovered on its music CDs

infinityzen1 3 years ago

I haven't bought anything from Sony or Apple in a long time. Actually my not buying anything Sony goes back to the early '90s. Not because ether company does not make good tech. It is because I personnally thing both companies are horrid entities.

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