PS3 Hacker George Hotz Denies He's Behind the PSN Breach

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PS3 rapper hacker George Hotz got sued by Sony. He made an rap video that drew comparisons between getting fucked up the ass and the lawsuit. Hotz reached an agreement with Sony, but there's speculation that the famed hacker is still bitter, that he's behind the PSN breach.


"And to anyone who thinks I was involved in any way with this, I'm not crazy, and would prefer to not have the FBI knocking on my door," Hotz blogged. "Running homebrew and exploring security on your devices is cool, hacking into someone elses server and stealing databases of user info is not cool." Hotz said that doing such makes the hacking community look bad—"even if it is aimed at douches like Sony".

Hotz, however, doesn't lay blame on Sony's engineers for the PSN security breach. "The fault lies with the executives who declared a war on hackers, laughed at the idea of people penetrating the fortress that once was Sony, whined incessantly about piracy, and kept hiring more lawyers when they really needed to hire good security experts," wrote Hotz. "Alienating the hacker community is not a good idea."

In his lengthy post, the young hacker speculated that it was "Sony's arrogance and misunderstanding of ownership" that put the company in this position. According to Hotz, Sony thought the PS3 was unhackable and didn't think it was necessary to waste money on pointless security.

The remainder of Hotz's post is spent talking about playing homebrew games, defining hacker vs. cracker and offering words to those who carried out the breach.

To the perpetrator, two things. You are clearly talented and will have plenty of money (or a jail sentence and bankruptcy) coming to you in the future. Don't be a dick and sell people's information. And I'd love to see a write up on how it all went down...lord knows we'll never get that from Sony, noobs probably had the password set to '4' or something. I mean, at least it was randomly generated.


Earlier this month, Hotz said he'd never buy a Sony product again and that he supported the Anonymous-sponsored boycott, turned out to be a bust.

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To Kotaku Kommentors: Good job attacking someone you don't really know. If all you know of people are the small snippets you see online, then I see a whole hive of douchebags right here. At least Hotz isn't a hypocrite.