PS3 Hacker Didn't Flee, Did Hand Over Hard Drives, Says Lawyer

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The attorney for George Hotz, the hacker being sued by Sony for jailbreaking the PlayStation 3, denies that Hotz fled to South America to avoid a court order and says he has delivered his impounded hard drives as required to a neutral party. Sony, in a court filing, had alleged the drives were delivered with parts missing, and Hotz left the country to avoid providing them.

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Stewart Kellar, Hotz's attorney, said Sony's claim that the drives were missing "integral components," concerned "stock controller cards, not the hard drives themselves," Kellar told IGN. "The neutral [party] subsequently had to explain to SCEA the form and function of hard drive controller cards. Those controller cards have since been provided to the neutral so the point is moot."

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Kellar, while he didn't say Hotz was not in South America, shot down allegations that Hotz used donation money, mostly grass-roots donations raised over the Internet, to travel there, and disputed its characterization as Hotz "fleeing" from justice, which in this case is a civil lawsuit, not criminal charges.

"As for any question as to whether Mr. Hotz has used donation money to take a trip to South America, that's pretty silly. Litigating against a massive company like Sony, who is represented by five attorneys, is very costly for a 21-year-old," Kellar told IGN. "The donation money George has received is being used exclusively for his legal defense. If there are any funds left after the lawsuit, George is planning to donate the money to the [Electronic Frontier Foundation]."

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Wait, wait, wait... The guy is 21 years old? Hasn't he been at this for a good 5-6 years already? So he went "e-famous" when he was around the age of 15?

I don't know who is in the right or wrong here, or what Mr. Hotz's personality is like, but is there some reason that Sony or some other big electronics/software developer isn't trying to HIRE this guy? He's quite obviously a prodigy, and these companies have the means to not only pay Mr. Hotz quite well but to provide him with MEANINGFUL work securing our future technology.

I run a small business. A while ago I installed a new network for a small business and put into place security that I thought was pretty darn good for their size. A local "kid" (he's 19) hacked the network in a very elegant manner, though he didn't get to any essential information before I got wise to him.

Do you know what I did? I brought him on as my security subcontractor. He makes between $50 to $225 an hour depending on the nature of the work and the paying organization. He has taught me a lot in the last few months, and has even added quite a bit of value to the very same network that he hacked.

The best part? No reason to involve lawyers. Paying someone who is 19 years old and trying to scrape together the money for college an average of $125 an hour is a MASSIVE incentive to go "white hat".