Sony denied permission to issue subpoenas to Google, PayPal, others over fail0verflow fiasco

Thursday, 10th February 2011 07:23 GMT By Nathan Grayson

As you’re probably aware, Sony’s been having a hell of a time with hackers lately. Most recently, the console maker hit yet another speed bump on its fast track to court: how can you sue someone if you have no idea who they actually are? Sony’s answer: turn the Internet upside-down and give it a good, hard shake.

There’s just one problem with that, however. Sony’s come up against a type of judge we’re sure it dreads – one that says “no.”

PSX-SCENE has once again nabbed documents dripping with juicy info from Sony’s attempted legal tussle with fail0verflow, and they find the Japanese giant in a bit of a tight spot. Sony, you see, attempted to subpoena Google, YouTube, Twitter, PayPal, Slashdot, and many more – basically, the whole Internet – for more information on the identities of the mysterious console crackers.

US District Judge the Honorable Susan Illston, however, apparently thought that was taking things a bit too far and denied Sony’s request for subpoenas. For now, then, it seems that it’s back to square one.



  1. Blerk

    Good. Sue the hackers if you like, don’t try and wring data out of services that we all use. It sets a dangerous precedent.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Hybridpsycho

    I hope they find them and succeed in sueing them, fucking assholes.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. OrbitMonkey

    After Sony have nabbed failOverflow, I hear their going after Kaiser Sosa.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. pukem0n

    I hear Sony is trying to bring down Mubarak instead, its a lot easier.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Len

    No that’s Google.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    At least those guys were smart enough to stay annoyomous unlike George Putz…

    #6 4 years ago

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