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.

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  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 3 years ago
  2. Hybridpsycho

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

    #2 3 years ago
  3. OrbitMonkey

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

    #3 3 years ago
  4. pukem0n

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

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Len

    No that’s Google.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Dr.Ghettoblaster

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

    #6 3 years ago