The black banning of Sony Central stores in Australia, which was scheduled for April 16th by a group of professional hackers may be called off, after Sony decided to cut a deal with the man at the centre of the storm.Overnight Sony who privately said they feared what the Anonymous group could do to their brand, said that they have cut a deal with PlayStation 3 firmware hacker George Hotz and that as far as they are concerned the issue is now over.
Sony Computer Entertainment who were facing a global campaign by Anonymous who are a group of hackers who bought down major financial organisations in support of Wiki Leakers had originally accused Hotz of “violating US federal laws” by posting online information about the security system in the PlayStation 3 videogame console.
Earlier this month, Anonymous launched an attack on the Sony Playstation Network in an effort to demonstrate to Sony, what they were capable of.
What Hotz developed was being used by Playstation Console fans to circumvent the security system in the console and allow the playing of pirated videogames.”
Hotz was recently rumoured to be involved with the recent denial of service (DoS) attacks on Sony’s internet services by the hacking group Anonymous, though this was soon proven to be not true.
SCEA’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.
“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.”
Hotz said: “It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier. I’m happy to have the litigation behind me.”