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Geohot Denies Involvement In PSN Hack Attack 136

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the thats-what-i'd-say-too dept.
Stoobalou writes "Soon-to-be-celebrity hacker and thorn in Sony's side George 'Geohot' Hotz has denied any involvement in the ongoing breach at the PlayStation Network. The 21-year-old hacker — who is best known for creating the first software-based hack for the iPhone, and getting hypervisor access and exposing the root key to the PlayStation 3 — has made it clear that he had nothing to do with filleting Sony's online gaming servers, saying 'I'm not crazy.'"
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Geohot Denies Involvement In PSN Hack Attack

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  • by Random2 (1412773) on Thursday April 28, 2011 @10:49AM (#35963810) Journal

    Why would he be involved? Holtz is becoming a useless keyword to generate 'news'.

    Stop pulling these stories off the hose just because there's nothing else interesting.

  • by unity100 (970058) on Thursday April 28, 2011 @10:51AM (#35963858) Homepage Journal
    And you will create hundreds of new Geohots.

    such is the rule of internet underground since days of old. the worst anyone can do, is to create conditions for a crusade against themselves in regard to morals. after that, it doesnt matter who or what you are - they will hack you. and the ones doing the hacking wont be small fish.

    the bigger the bastardry, the greater honors those who hack them gains in the internet underworld.

    but who am i telling these to - anyone who had had participated in anything in the early stages of internet, knows these.
  • by MoldySpore (1280634) on Thursday April 28, 2011 @10:52AM (#35963884)
    ...when I found out he decided to give up on fighting Sony. He was in the perfect position to score one for "good" but he folded like everyone else in that position. Regardless if he is donating the $ to EFF or whatever, that money I donated was to fight Sony specifically. If I wanted to donate to someone else I would have done that. Even if he was involved in this, I doubt anyone really cares what he does anymore.
  • by steelfood (895457) on Thursday April 28, 2011 @01:38PM (#35966360)

    There already are laws for breaking and entering into other people's computer systems. They're already ridiculous.

    The problem is, these people probably aren't from the United States, and hence not subject to the laws of the United States. The internet transcends national boundaries. That means whatever it might be, the laws of any one country cannot apply to the whole of the internet. And that means there'll always be holes that people with an agenda can take advantage of.

    So while places like Australia or China or the U.K. can enforce their own set of internet usage rules among their own citizens, they cannot do the same on citizens of other countries. The most they can do is cut those countries off from their own networks, but that'd require all the backbone ISPs servicing the country to cooperate (e.g. the Great Firewall). And there are still ways around it.

    That's the beauty of the internet. And that's the major failing of people who've been trying to turn the internet "respectable." It's not and never will fully be, because the definition of legal ceases to hold meaning once you cross national borders. Doing business on the internet is dangerous, and acting douchy the way Sony's been doing is just asking to be noticed by everybody (Sony's douchbaggery is a special kind of stupid--instead of being douchy to just their customers in countries where they have legal recourse like what Amazon might do when it files an obvious patent, they did it to all of their users worldwide irrespective of local laws).

    If this was the product of some Eastern European hit, Sony can do nothing short of paying those countries' governments off. But that might be more costly and less effective than if they were to shut down PSN entirely.

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