PS3 hacking case settled

Sony wins out in case against PS3 jailbreaking hacker

Hacker "Geohot" had helped exploit console's weaknesses ahead of release of PSJailbreak tool.

Sony has settled its legal case with the hacker George Hotz. Hotz, also known as Geohot, had helped jailbreak the PS3 and pave the way for the PSJailbreak USB device, which allowed gamers to back-up games directly to the console’s hard drive, getting rid of the need for discs.

In an official statement on its PlayStation blog, Sony’s lawyer Riley Russell said, “Sony is glad to put this litigation behind us. Our motivation for bringing this litigation was to protect our intellectual property and our consumers. We believe this settlement and the permanent injunction achieve this goal.”

Riley continued, “We want our consumers to be able to enjoy our devices and products in a safe and fun environment and we want to protect the hard work of the talented engineers, artists, musicians and game designers who make PlayStation games and support the PlayStation Network. We appreciate Mr Hotz’s willingness to address the legal issues involved in this case and work with us to quickly bring this matter to an early resolution.”

In addition, Hotz added, “It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier,” said Hotz, “I’m happy to have the litigation behind me.”

What’s even more fascinating is that Sony points out in its statement that Hotz had nothing to do with the recent cyber attacks on PSN and its PlayStation website. Hackers from the Anonymous collective had targeted Sony’s online presence in response to the lawsuit against Hotz.