Gaming giant Sony has taken legal action against hackers who allegedly broke into the PS3’s software, giving users the ability to run any sort of program on their machines, including pirated games.
Over 100 hackers, part of the group fail0verflow, will face legal action for their involvement in what Sony claims to be copyright infringement and computer fraud.
George Hotz, a 21 year old hacker, also famous for hacking the Apple iPhone, has boldly said that he does not fear the might of Sony and the courts.
In a quote on the BBC news website, he said: “I have spoken with legal counsel and I feel comfortable that Sony's action against me doesn't have any basis”
The faile0verflow gang could come up against a restraining order, banning them from further hacking and denying the right to distribute the software produced from their hapless hacking.
The hack in question works by unlocking the signing code of the Sony PS3 which is used to prove if software or games are genuine. The code can then be used to 'sign' any other game or software as real, even though it may be a version you bought from that dodgy looking man at the market.
A judgement will be made by the courts, stateside. Stay tuned.