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Sony extends anti-hacker legal net, plans to subpoena sites

Monday, 7 February 2011 23:34 GMT By Brenna Hillier

According to court documents received by PSX-SCENE, Sony is ramping its anti-piracy legal activities in an attempt to track down major figures in the homebrew and hacking communities.

Following its case against GeoHot, Dukio reports that Sony is planning to subpoena YouTube, Twitter, PayPal and Slashdot as well as various PlayStation and cracking-centric forums and sites.

Sony allegedly means to track down Cantero, Peter, Bushing, Segher, hermesEOL, Waninkoko, KaKaRoTo, Hermes, Kmeaw and Graf_Chokolo, all named within the documents, among several others.

The targeted sites will be required to give up each user’s contact details and personal information, as well as all posts and documents created, IP address information and more.

Thanks, Gamefront.

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21 Comments

  1. Crysis

    Wow, Sony’s really tacking a stand against hackers, must have cost a fuckload to implement their security system, but it’s fair enough, if someone stole your key & copied it & gave it out to everyone, I’m sure that no one with a brain on this site would be happy, unfortunately for Sony’s sake, fixing it isn’t as simple as getting a new lock.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. lexph3re

    Holy sh*t! Sony is kicking it into high gear. I honestly thought that it would be close to impossible to find these guys due to how vast the internet is. But, hot damn they are out doing themselves. Guess its an example to internet users that we can be found…. with the right amount of money. Oh wait that’s nothing new our info is sold daily pfft -_-

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Bond James Bond

    Sony are fucked and they know it.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. theBEAST137

    #3 is right. They are doing all of these lawsuits to make the general audience think that their console’s safety is being worked on, but Sony knows that there is nothing they can do to stop it without making a Playstation 4. Plus, the way that the security code was revealed was by fault of Sony, as they essentially gave it away behind a code of math that could be easily solved by people willing to dig into it. The distribution of the code would be the only thing that they might be able to get a win on the lawsuit side, but even then, it will be extremely difficult to bring the law into it.

    Give up Sony. Exploiters win.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Michael O’Connor

    @2 You underestimate how incredibly easy it is to track down people online. Just as an example… if Pat wanted to, he could easily find out out where most of us live simply by tracking our IP addresses, which are recorded every single time you post.

    You’d be amazed how quickly these people will crumble to provide such information with the threat of financial “if you don’t give us the information we want, we’ll sue the pants of you” bankruptcy being throw in their direction.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Over

    @1 except that If Sony sold you a house, you have the right to make as many copies of the keys as you want. It’s your house.

    Sony’s strategy is to go after the main hackers. The problem is that I’m sure there’s more capable hackers around. Other hackers will come to the foreground.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    To be honest there is no point anymore.

    Sony is late for the party… Ps3 is hacked to pieces.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Crysis

    But Sony isn’t selling the house, they’re renting it out to us. We own the PS3, Sony can’t do a damn thing to us for fucking with the hardware, but why does everybody instantly think they also own the software of everything we buy? It’s a new day & age, get used of it. I assume half the pro hacking community have never read the Terms & Conditions in anything they have ever signed/agreed to.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. lexph3re

    I was hoping people would get that crysis. But everyone keeps going about talking about how its “mine mine mine”. I stated this in an older post, I for one think sony,microsoft, nintendo, or any other aspiring company has the right to sue if people hacked/rewrote the software they promised not to tamper with.(online user agreements) when xbox was hacked they didn’t hack the security of the software they hacked the games. That’s why xbl is able to implement the ban hammers.

    Sony on the other hand can’t ban or tell whose doing it. So its completely different circumstances and they are force to take it personal. Its like giving your friend a key to your house but when you come home some weird guys sleeping on your couch. And when you ask the guy wth he’s doing there he says “oh, bill gave me a copy of your key and told me I can crash here. Don’t mind me*rolls back over*”. Are you not going to go find your friend(after kicking the weirdo out) and kick his ass?

    Of course in this scenario you can’t sue your friend because you didn’t have him sign a contract not to copy and distribute your keys. But, sony did get them to agree legally. Sony,microsoft and nintendo got all of us to agree to their terms to get online. So how can any of you complain or call foul on sony’s part?

    #9 4 years ago
  10. The_Red

    This could actually hurt Sony more than the PS3 hackers. With this action, Sony has declared war on hacking community.
    “It’s on now!”.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. NoxNoctisUmbra

    Even Xbox 360 is hacked to pieces. All systems are hacked. As long I play a multilayer game without any hackers, I will be happy.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. ninjanutta

    all sony is doing is trying to slow down the ultra fast mess they found themselves in all of a sudden,they are trying to catch a breath and see if they can close the gapping hole that got opened up.Its too late i think,they are going for the big money bully approach to keep their software companys happy.if you was producing games for ps3 exclusivley,you would be pissed off knowing that 50% or more owners are getting your game for free,sony cant offer any reason to stay loyal to ps3 and thats the bottom line.i love my ps3 but 360,wii are both in the same boat and still turn a nice profit.time for sony to suck it up and stop acting like kids,its going to back fire badly on them im afraid.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. NoxNoctisUmbra

    On and all they are still making profits, yet they want more , but if I was in charge of a game company, and know that many of my consoles are hacked, I would try to sue all of them if i could. No one’s buisness should be hacked, no matter how evil or good they are.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. back_up

    put all those idiots in jail

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Over

    Crisis, when I went to the store and BOUGHT the console, no one said I was renting it. And I don’t care if in the terms & conditions in the console’s OS says anything about it (if at all), because the terms & conditions should be exposed before the sale. What, if I buy a PS3, then I’m able to read the terms & conditions and I don’t agree, can I return it to the store? I don’t know about the USA, but in my country, if you open the box, you loose the right to return it (unless there’s a fault, of course).

    #15 4 years ago
  16. TheWulf

    Don’t bother with Crysis. I know a contrarian troll when I see one, because they tend to shove fallacies in the face of anyone who’ll give them the time of day, just to support their contrarian viewpoints.

    The example of the fallacy here is that Crysis is being intellectually dishonest by willfully purporting the fallacy that Sony’s root key is a physical thing. By doing so he’s trying to trick you to accept that there’s scarcity involved in this argument, there isn’t.

    The root key is a non-physical thing. A house key is a physical thing.

    Therefore, Crysis’ entire argument is entirely null and void. He’s trying to have you think that people could copy your key to get into your house to steal something that you only have one instance of (scarcity). However, if someone utilised the root key (infinite instances) to run homebrew (infinite instances) on a hacked console (personal property) then it has absolutely no relation to Crysis’ entirely fallacious argument.

    In other words, his argument is sound and fury but it doesn’t signify anything because it doesn’t relate to the situation at hand. You can’t mix up scarcity with an instance of something that has no scarcity. He’s trying to purport that scarcity exists in data though, that’s what the argument of him and people like him boils down to. Hopefully that’s as clear as day to anyone with a brain, as Crysis puts it. :P

    #16 4 years ago
  17. TheWulf

    Really, could we stop this trolling about data as scarcity? Won’t someone please think of the little baby megabytes that are being callously stolen from Sony?! Please think of the data babies! It’s getting as old as it is ridiculous.

    Please stop relating data to physical things, it results in nonsense arguments that geeks like myself have to spell out in layman’s terms, and we’re always completely embarrassed for the people who make these arguments. If you’re going to make an argument, you have to make it in relation to data and information. You can’t compare data to physical objects because they are not the same.

    Copying a file is never the same as stealing a single instance of a physical object. So let’s just stop that now. It’s completely ludicrous. And I’m afraid I’m going to end up with brain damage from all the violent facepalming I end up doing every time someone tries to relate data to a physical object.

    Next thing you’ll be telling us that the insides of our computers are really like Tron. If you don’t understand how it works, don’t talk about it.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. ninjanutta

    @wulf????????what are you on about,have you got an obsession with cock or are you a sony lawyer,i cant decide.lol.you may think you have apoint in lar lar land but sorry,your chatting utter tripe mate.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. daytripper

    “Next thing you’ll be telling us that the insides of our computers are really like Tron”

    if only :-)

    #19 4 years ago
  20. lexph3re

    @the wulf. What is data housed in? Is it not a physical item? Is data not transfered from one physical device to another? Data isn’t just lingering in the air, so it does have a physical form. And, the data on the ps3 is stored in a physical medium. So, in those retrospecs it is scarce. It is not growing within itself reproducing new forms of data. It is at a default setting.

    Anything with a file restriction is at a finite standard not infinte. So when you see a file at 6 mb its is not infinetly unlocked. The only way you can make it infinite is to copy and produce it. Now, any given passcode or security standard is at a finite state. So, it can be own and given standards of distribution. But, at this point there are few laws on digital distribution and they do not protect the distributor of said data. So, terms and services are applied.

    So, in this scenario with sony versus hacker, they took a finite code placed it on a physical standard and transferred it to another physical standard. While distributing it over the net. You can hypothetically compare the scenario to a house key

    #20 4 years ago
  21. NeoSquall

    Man Sony has really started the Legalroll

    #21 4 years ago

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  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]