Update: GeoHot has now confirmed that he sent the remainder of what was given to him (approximately $10k) to the EFF (who revealed that he is now under a permanent gag order) and that he has no plans to do any 'anonymous' hacks on Sony products.
Today Sony's Senior Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media Patrick Seybold has announced a settlement in the GeoHot PS3 hacking case, with the ruling issuing a permanent injunction against George Hotz barring him from hacking or collaborating with efforts to hack any Sony product moving forward.
To quote: Joint Statement
Sony Computer Entertainment America ( “SCEA” ) and George Hotz ( “Hotz” ) today announced the settlement of the lawsuit filed by SCEA against Hotz in federal court in San Francisco, California. The parties reached an agreement in principle on March 31, 2011. As part of the settlement, Hotz consented to a permanent injunction.
Both parties expressed satisfaction that litigation had been quickly resolved. “Sony is glad to put this litigation behind us,” said Riley Russell, General Counsel for SCEA. “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.”
“It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier,” said Hotz, I’m happy to have the litigation behind me.” Hotz was not involved in the recent attacks on Sony’s internet services and websites.
In the action, SCEA accused Hotz of violating federal law by posting online information about the security system in the PlayStation 3 videogame console and software that SCEA claimed could be used to circumvent the security system in the console and allow the playing of pirated videogames. Hotz denies any wrongdoing on his part. Hotz’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction was still pending before the federal court in San Francisco but a preliminary injunction was issued requiring Hotz to take down the postings challenged by SCEA.
“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,” added Russell. “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.”
From the PDF file: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED AND ADJUDGED by consent of the Parties that Hotz, whether as an individual or as a principal, officer, director or employee of any business entity, and his agents, servants, employees, distributors, suppliers, representatives and all other persons or entities acting in concert or participation with Hotz who receive notice of this Judgment, shall be and hereby are permanently enjoined and restrained from:
A. Engaging in any unauthorized access to any SONY PRODUCT under the law;
(i) reverse engineering, decompiling, or disassembling any portion of the Sony Product;
(ii) using any tools to bypass, disable, or circumvent any encryption, security, or authentication mechanism in the Sony Product;
(iii) using any hardware or softare to cause the Sony Product to accept or use unauthorized, illegal or pirated softare or hardware; and
(iv) exploiting any Sony Product to design, develop, update or distribute unauthorized softare or hardware for use with the Sony Product.
According to the settlement documentation, however, GeoHot can hack Sony products again providing he pay a fine of $10,000 and up to $250,000.
Despite the settlement in GeoHot's case, Internet hacking group Anonymous have stated that they plan to continue with their Sony boycott efforts.
In related news, Mathieulh has now tweeted the NPDRM SHA1, to quote:
NPDRM privs sha1: CB4A57EAD2A200D7C159865513F1D670E5ADC9AB 76D7980D63044F9C958B0CEC6EE0675BAFE79434 F0409042CEDC99B189FC44019B5ABE532E8FB9B3
Respectively for keyset 0x01 0x04 and 0x07. Not posting actual keys, sorry folks.
Shortly following, anonymous5607 tweeted the following, to quote:
Mathieulh pac-man DX just hit right now with cracked activation. Someone has this info and is using it. what a coincidence your tweet is.
Finally, George Hotz stated the following on his blog of the ruling: As of 4/11/11, I am joining the SONY boycott. I will never purchase another SONY product. I encourage you to do the same. And if you bought something SONY recently, return it.
Why would you not boycott a company who feels this way about you? There is much more to come on this blog.
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