GeoHot and fail0verflow respond to Sony’s legal action over hacking

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 13 January 2011 16:56 GMT

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Hacker group fail0verflow, which was partly responsible for the recent security key generation hack on PS3, has issued a response on its website after Sony started legal proceedings against it earlier this week. The group claims the only reason it hacked the console was over Sony’s “removal of OtherOS”.

Courtesy of Yahoo News, fail0verflow said: “Our exclusive goal was, is, and always has been to get OtherOS back”, adding that it does not, and has never, “condoned, supported, approved of, or encouraged videogame piracy.”

George Hotz, who goes by the moniker GeoHot, has also spoken out on the matter, telling the BBC: “I am a firm believer in digital rights. I would expect a company that prides itself on intellectual property to be well versed in the provisions of the law, so I am disappointed in Sony’s current action.”

“I have spoken with legal counsel and I feel comfortable that Sony’s action against me doesn’t have any basis,” he added.

After both fail0verflow and GeoHot broke news of the console’s hack, Sony applied for a temporary restraining order from the courts and an order of impoundment.

A NeoGAF user and Digital Foundry have both suggested Sony could disable hacked PS3 consoles without the system being connected to PSN, as the machines automatically connect with Sony upon booting up.

Meanwhile, Ubisoft has weighed-in on the matter, stating that the only way to fully combat the security breach is to issue new hardware – which would be an expensive option for Sony.

Via CVG.

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