Sony wants two copies of GeoHot's data in PS3 hacking lawsuit

By on March 2, 2011, 7:30 AM
When US District Judge Susan Illston ordered PlayStation 3 jailbreaker George Hotz, also known as GeoHot, to hand over his computer's hard drive to Sony last month, there was no talk of cloning the two HDDs in question. TIG, the third-party responsible for isolating the information related to hacking the PS3 in order to give it to Sony, is now asking for permission to make two copies of the data, one in encrypted and one in decrypted form, according to PSX Scene.

GeoHot's attorney, Stewart Kellar, is once again attempting to fight back for his client: "SCEA is not entitled to inspect the impounded drives under the impoundment order, nor is it allowed to create and preserve additional copies of the impounded drives, but this is precisely what it seeks to do." Sony's response is of course to side with TIG:

For the foregoing reasons, SCEA requests that the Court order that Mr. Hotz comply with TIG's recommended impoundment protocols and that those protocols be supplemented to ensure that preservation requirements are met as follows:

(1) TIG create and preserve two forensically sound images (e.g., bit stream images) of each impounded storage device in its encrypted form: One to be maintained by TIG in a secure vault for preservation purposes and the second to be used for decryption and/or any other necessary analysis by TIG;

(2) TIG create and preserve two forensically sound images (e.g., bit stream images) of each impounded storage device in its un-encrypted form. One to be maintained by TIG in a secure vault for preservation purposes and the second to be used for TIG's necessary analysis; and

(3) TIG maintain and preserve all of the forensically created images for the duration of the lawsuit.

SCEA further requests that the Court order Mr. Hotz to: (a) provide TIG with the tools and keys necessary to decrypt the impounded storage devices and the keys and passwords necessary to decrypt or unlock any protected files contained on the impounded storage devices;

(b) identify for TIG all virtual machines or hard disks stored or at any time run on the impounded storage devices.3 Furthermore, to verify compliance with the impoundment order, SCEA requests that the Court order Mr. Hotz to provide a declaration setting forth: (i) verification that all storage devices on which any circumvention devices or any information relating to Mr. Hotz's circumvention of the technological protection measures in the PS3 System are stored have been delivered to TIG; (ii) why the storage device used by Mr. Hotz in the January 7, 2011 YouTube video entitled “Jailbroken PS3 3.55 with Homebrew” was not delivered to TIG for impoundment; and (iii) the identity of any remote storage of the circumvention devices or any information relating to Mr. Hotz's circumvention of the technological protection measures in the PS3 System.4 Finally, SCEA seeks fees and costs in relation to this motion.

Sony's legal attacks against the hackers that released the PS3 root key and custom firmware began last month. The group known as fail0verflow is accused of posting a rudimentary hack in December 2010 after finding security codes for the PS3. It was refined by GeoHot weeks later when he independently found and published the PS3 root key. The resulting hacks allow homebrew apps and pirated software to run on unmodified consoles. Sony is still threatening to sue anybody posting or distributing PS3 jailbreak code, despite the fact that the company accidentally tweeted the PlayStation 3 security key.

Sony's official stance is if you crack your PS3, you'll get banned. GeoHot meanwhile says "beating them in court is just a start."





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Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

Please no more about this until the lawsuit gets settled and we hear the end of it. Not trying to be rude, but it seems like there is a new article on this every week...

Cota Cota said:

^Agree, but...

Even how much i hate SONY *cough VAIO* i have to agree on them fighting Geohot, there are some specs on consoles and PC's that people should not be able to access because no matter whit what intentions some one releases some kind of jailbreak/exploit, there will always be people who will cheat or pirate and thats a no go for ANY gaming company, even if it is leaded by greed or haughtiness it is the right way to go.

Lokalaskurar Lokalaskurar said:

^ Although; Sony are *very* aggressive when it comes to copyright claims and such. Sony has on multiple occasions claimed other people's copyrights on YouTube and such, presumably as their copyright-bot claims that perfect piano-playing = Sony recording.

They are doing the right thing though. Even though "There will always be someone searching for the recipe for Coca-cola" (even though is has been found ), Sony and all the other companies simply must fight illegal activities in order for the market to stay running.

foreverzero89 said:

Lokalaskurar said:

^ Although; Sony are *very* aggressive when it comes to copyright claims and such. Sony has on multiple occasions claimed other people's copyrights on YouTube and such, presumably as their copyright-bot claims that perfect piano-playing = Sony recording.

They are doing the right thing though. Even though "There will always be someone searching for the recipe for Coca-cola" (even though is has been found ), Sony and all the other companies simply must fight illegal activities in order for the market to stay running.

assuming he did anything illegal(which btw, he didn't.)

Guest said:

THe only way to get back at sony is not to buy there products. end of story buy xbox

Guest said:

xbox/mircosoft isn't much different.

Guest said:

SONY IS STUPID look around android (droid X,2)has no jailbreak available because of Motorola's smart engineering same with HTC. So it's not fair to Geo Hot that Sony cant make clean **** if they want to avoid being hacked they should stop being assholes and stop targeting Geo Hot because they have nothing better to do. I mean whats the difference in hacking the iPhone and the PS3... NOTHING

Guest said:

Sony has every right to sue Hotz, and has the right to obtain the IP addresses of those who visited Hotz's website.

To see why I am right:

http://besttechtoday.blogspot.com/2011/03/why-sony-is-right-
o-sue.html

Guest said:

If Sony wants to control your gaming console after you purchased it and now OWN it they have no case no matter how much money they throw at it. Improving/upgrading products you buy is the american way and that has been around forever.

This is just another way of trying to stifle innovation if they don't like it change the product or go to a cloud based system don't target hackers that is laughable really.

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