Sony To Hunt Down OZ Visitors To PS3 Hacker

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Sony Computer Entertainment Australia is set to engage professionals according to sources in the USA, to track down Australians who visited the PS3 hacking site George ‘Geohot’ Hotz since January this year.

Sony Computer Entertainment Australia is set to engage professionals according to sources in the USA, to track down Australians who visited the PS3 hacking site George ‘Geohot’ Hotz since January this year.

The move follows a recent court when Sony has won the right to request the IP addresses of everyone who’s visited the PS3 hacking website.

Several Australians are believed to have visited the site including myself. The win does not mean that visitors to the site have done anything illegal. For example I visited the site because I am a technology journalist who writes about Sony and issues relating to Sony including alleged hacking.

For several months Sony has been  locked in a losing battle against Hotz who, earlier this year, cracked open the PS3’s protection systems and distributed the necessary files and information that could be used by other to distribute software that runs on the PS3 without the need for fees to be paid back to Sony.

Federal Magistrate Joseph Spero on Friday ruled on Sony’s request to gain access to the IP addresses of everyone who’s visited Geohotz site. He as not only approved the motion but has granted new subpoenas that will allow Sony investigators to obtain information from Google, YouTube, and a Twitter account linked to the hacker.

Sony is hoping that the information gathered from their search will determine  how widely the files were distributed by Hotz.

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