Sony Targets Hackers With New PS3 Legal Action

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Sony is back on the warpath this time taking action against hackers who uncovered and published security codes for the PlayStation 3.The hack, which Smarthouse reported on last year, allows anyone to run software including versions not approved by Sony on their machine, including pirated games.

Sony’s lawsuit argues that this constitutes copyright infringement and computer fraud.

But George Hotz, one of the hackers at the centre of the controversy, told BBC News in the UK that he was “comfortable” the action would not succeed.

“I am a firm believer in digital rights,” Mr Hotz said.

“I would expect a company that prides itself on intellectual property to be well versed in the provisions of the law, so I am disappointed in Sony’s current action.

“I have spoken with legal counsel and I feel comfortable that Sony’s action against me doesn’t have any basis.”

The twenty-one-year-old, who rose to prominence for breaking the iPhone’s security, is named in the lawsuit alongside more than 100 people associated with a hacking group known as fail0verflow.

The BBC said that  pirate video games are already being packaged and distributed with these circumvention devices.

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