That didn’t take too long, did it? Embattled hacker George Francis Hotz, aka Geohot, who is being sued by Sony for jailbreaking the PS3, has announced that the legal defense fund he launched on Saturday, February 19 is now closed for fresh donations, having met its initial funding goal within a couple of days.
In the wake of PS3 unlock hacks released by Geohot and fail0verflow, Sony has felt it necessary to issue a statement warning users away from such activities. In a recent statement, the console maker made it clear that the use of these tools to run unsigned content will result in a permanent PSN ban. This is a similar stance to that of Microsoft on Xbox piracy.
Noted hardware hacker George Hotz was in court again today in the ongoing case of the PS3 jailbreak. Sony sued Hotz (or Geohot is you like) after he developed a hack that allowed users to install any software they like on the PS3 console. They are citing DMCA violations. The hearing today was to decide whether or not Hotz would be forced to turn over his computer equipment to Sony for inspection. The judge ruledthat Hotz would indeed have to let Sony paw through his data.
Oh Sony, how silly can you be? The PlayStation 3 maker has been stirring up quite the stink over the online publishing of PS3 jailbreak code that allows unsigned software to run. In its attempt to put the genie back in the bottle, Sony's been threatening to sue anyone who posts links to the code, but that's only the beginning. Did you watch the YouTube video made by PS3 hacker George Hotz, or even just comment on it? If so, Sony wants to know. In an ironic twist, Sony should consider suing itself.
Sony is turning up the heat on the hacking community as they seek to eradicate the PS3 jailbreak from the Internet, reports Wired. Sony is now promising to sue anyone that posts or links to the code in question. To those ends, Sony is seeking to force Google to turn over the IP addresses of people that viewed or commented on the YouTube video made by George Hotz (often called Geohot) explaining the hack. It doesn't even stop there.
There's been some chatter that Sony plans to introduce cloud-based storage for its beloved PlayStation 3 console, and that chatter is starting to turn into a roar, Fudzilla claims. The news and rumor site says a number of sources have now confirmed that this "PS Cloud," a term Sony trademarked back in 2009, will ship as part of the upcoming 3.60 firmware update.
As the story goes, Sony will call the option "Save File Insured" and will offer it to PlayStation Plus subscribers. Other details are frustratingly non-existent, such as how much storage space subscribers will get and whether or not non-subscribers will have access (for a fee).
It's also been said that the next firmware will address the cracked code that's been floating around the Web, which allows gamers to play backed up (and pirated) copies of games.
Sony opened a legal can of worms last April when it chose to withdraw support for PS3’s “Other OS” feature with the introduction of firmware version 3.21, citing concerns about the system’s security. But the company soon found itself at the receiving end of a flurry of class action lawsuits from console owners feeling shortchanged by the removal of a feature that once figured prominently in marketing campaigns. The feature allowed other operating systems to be installed on non-slim PS3s.
"Sony claims a universal right to change or remove functionality from the gaming console. The Consumer Council strongly believes there needs to be a limit to what constitutes a reasonable change to products we buy—and that terms of service that grant the manufacturer full access to literally downgrade the product or limit the functionality are unreasonable and in clear violation of the Marketing Control Act," Øyvind H. Kaldestad of the Consumer Council told ArsTechnica.
"When a company use [sic] terms like 'updates' or 'upgrades,' it is reasonable to expect a significant improvement of the product and not the risk of being stuck with a lesser product."
The Consumer council also lambasted consumer electronics companies like Sony for abusing after-sale access to connected devices “to do almost whatever he or she wants” under the pretext of enhancing these devices through software updates.
It a bit of a reversal, the US District Court in the Northern District of California has granted Sony a temporary restraining order against George "Geohot" Hotz and the Failoverflow team. The case revolves around the efforts of two unrelated hacks on the Sony PS3 that allow unsigned software to be run. Sony contends that this is supporting piracy, and the DMCA expressly forbids it.
As a result of this ruling, Geohot and Failoverflow have to stop all activities related to hacking the PS3, and cannot provide so much as an encouraging word or link to other attempting to do the same. Mr. Hotz is also required to turn over all computing equipment that was used in the creation of the PS3 jailbreak. This last bit may be contested by Geohot's lawyers, says Engadget.
Of course, this isn't stopping anyone from finding the code online. We have to assume Sony knows this genie isn't going to be magically put back in the bottle. It's out there and there are more industrious young modders out there that are likely to take up the banner even more readily in the face of legal action.
In an effort to curtail piracy and thwart any damage that might result from the recent public posting of security codes for the PlayStation 3 console. Sony plans to introduce a serial key system for its games, TechEye reports.
Earlier this month, George Hotz and a band of programmers associated with a hacking group called "fail0verflow" drew Sony's ire by uncovering and publishing root keys for the PS3. Sony's initial response was to take legal action against Hotz and more than 100 others it claims were involved, but there's still the problem of such keys now being public knowledge.
These root keys are used to verify that a game is genuine, and with that knowledge, hackers and pirates can essentially trick the console into recognizing counterfeit software as the real deal. With the new system in place, upcoming games will ship with unique serial keys specific to that Blu-ray disc, which the user will then have to enter into the PS3. If this sounds at all familiar, then you must be a PC gamer.
Citing an un-named source, PS3-Sense says Sony has already updated the PS3's firmware in preparation for this new verification system.
Everyone's talking about Nintendo's upcoming 3DS console, but there's another handheld on the horizon: Sony's PSP2. Sure, the PSP2 is a 2D device, but what it lacks in 3D functionality, it makes up for in performance.
According to MCV magazine, Sony is telling developers that its PSP2 "is as powerful as the PlayStation 3."
If true, the PSP2 bodes well for the future of handheld gaming and could help keep dedicated portable consoles relevant as increasingly powerful smartphones carve out a slice of the mobile gaming market. It's also proof that Sony Ericsson's Xperia phone (aka PlayStation Phone) isn't a sign that Sony's moving away from dedicated handheld gaming systems.
Sony will officially announce the PSP2 at a press event in Tokyo on January 27th. According to MCV, Sony plans to launch the device in December.