Judge Orders PS Jailbreaker Geohot To Let Sony Inspect His Hard Drive


by casey on February 11, 2011

Sony is getting more aggressive on GeoHot. According to a report, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston has ordered that Sony is allowed to check GeoHot’s computer hard drive. GeoHot’s Lawyer tried to do an objection that Sony will be able to see his other data. The Judge replied to this saying “That’s the breaks”

The Judge also told Kellar that it was routine for the entire contents of computers to be searched in a bid to isolate what is being sought, as in child pornography prosecutions.

Kellar replied: “Your honor, we’re certainly not dealing with child pornography in this issue”

After that Illston replied saying:

“Here, I find probable cause that your client has got these things on his computer. It’s a problem when more than one thing is kept on the computer. I’ll make sure the order is and will be that Sony is only entitled to isolate … the information on the computer that relates to the hacking of the PlayStation.”

GeoHotz hacker George Hotz jailbreak

Previously we have seen U.S court exempted the Jailbreaking of phones from DMCA. Its a very similar action but its not about cell phones, its about Sony’s PlayStation device.

Sony’s attorney, James Gilliland, observed this fact and pointed out to Illston that the mobile phone is not the point here and its Sony’s PlayStation which has been jailbroken by the hacker. He said: “The conduct Mr. Hotz has engaged in is still covered by the DMCA”.

For those who are not aware of the whole story, If you unaware of the whole story, the young hacker George Hotz aka GeoHot was involved in the PlayStation 3 firmware 3.55 jailbreak. The 21 year old New Jersey Geohot is well known in the jailbreak and unlock community. Sony sued GeoHot. After that, US District Judge Susan Yvonne Illston approved Sony’s request for temporary restraining order (TRO) against GeoHot. The young hacker has been ordered to immediately stop the distribution of Homebrew Signing Tools for PS3 3.55 Jailbreak. So at the moment you can not find PS3 Jailbreak Root keysdePKG firmware decrypter and signing tools on GeoHot’s website as he has removed it from there.

George Hotz has already removed the How To Jailbreak YouTube video and data from his website. Let us see what Sony finds out from GeoHot’s hard drive.

UPDATE: Sony vs. GeoHot Lawsuit has come to an end

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