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Sony Begins Investigating GeoHot PS3 Hack Allegations

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242w ago - Just before the weekend iPhone 2G hacker GeoHot announced that he has hacked the PS3 entertainment system, and today IncGamers.com (linked above) has confirmed from their Rep that Sony is launching an investigation into it.

This comes as no surprise, considering a public PlayStation 3 hack would cost Sony Corporation and developers millions in lost revenue due to piracy as a result of reverse-engineering their intellectual property.

GeoHot has also told the [Register or Login to view links] that, "I can now do whatever I want with the system. It's like I've got an awesome new power - I'm just not sure how to wield it."

To quote: "We contacted Sony and a spokesperson confirmed that the company is looking into the issue.

"We are investigating the report and will clarify the situation once we have more information," said the statement."

Time will tell if Sony gets tough or goes in the direction as Apple did, simply sending out DMCA notices and not attempting to hold George Hotz personally accountable for his actions.

Unfortunately, unless Sony makes an example of Hotz it may encourage other hackers to continue defeating their proprietary protection schemes without ill consequence.

Our advice to GeoHot: Let common sense be your guide, and isolate yourself from end-user PS3 hacks or exploits that could be proven by a court as used to circumvent protection or aid in software piracy... it simply isn't worth the risk.

Good luck GeoHot!

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#76 - PS3 News - 242w ago
With GeoHot's latest update, he has now stated/confirmed that he does not plan to release anything that could be considered "risky" (files, etc) on his blog so he should be fine. To quote:
First off, this is not a release blog like "On The iPhone". If you are expecting some tool to be released from this blog like blackra1n, stop reading now. If you have a slim and are complaining this hack won't work for you, stop reading now. WE DO NOT CONDONE PIRACY, NOR WILL WE EVER. If you are looking for piracy, stop reading now. If you want to see the direction in which I will take this blog, read the early entries in the iPhone one. Information on this blog is for research purposes only.
That said, I suppose we can now close this topic as it's beginning to drift anyway.

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#75 - Assignator98 - 242w ago
I think you should reconsider your thoughts before you say them...
lol that might be true but they did sell more iphones than ps3 right so i dont think that sony would do as much they sold more iphones and they havent done anything.

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#74 - Warrorar - 242w ago
oh guys, chill out. he desnt get to jail O.o he didn't killed anybody.

he hacked a concolse, everyone who did that before got catched for a job on the firm are had to be quiet and got some millions(i'm not sure with the second one).

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#73 - thijzzy - 242w ago
if i was sony, i would give GeoHot a job at sony because he is a very smart kid, he doesn't deserve to go to jail.

maybe homebrew is nice but no loaders because it ruins the system.

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#72 - saviour07 - 242w ago
From what i know they still are in the negative with every ps3 sold... but i could be wrong.
I knew i had read somewhere that sony was now in profit on hardware sales instead.
As of January 2008, each unit cost around $400 to manufacture; by August 2009, Sony had reduced costs by a total of 70%, meaning it only costs Sony around $240 per unit.
I'm sure i read it on ps3news but couldn't find it so checked out: [Register or Login to view links]

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