Sony Action Against Hacker Exposes Those Who Visited His Site

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Caught in the blast of Sony's lawsuit against the man who jailbroke the PlayStation 3 is anyone who may have visited his website, under a court order that set off privacy advocates and further angered hackers.

A federal magistrate in San Francisco ruled Sony may subpoena the IP addresses of everyone who visited George Hotz's personal Web site in the past 26 months. Those who did so and live in Northern California may be especially concerned, as Sony sought the subpoena on grounds to prove that the case belongs in federal court for that jurisdiction, and not in New Jersey, where Hotz (pictured) lives.

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The subpoena covers geohot.com and the YouTube account names of anyone who accessed a private video about the jailbreak on Hotz's YouTube account. Additional subpoenas supply Sony with Tweets published by Hotz and information about his account on the Web site PSX-Scene.

Sony said it needed this information to assess "how rampant the access to and use of these circumvention devices has been in California in order to rebut Mr. Hotz's suggestion that his illicit conduct was not aimed at the forum state."

The Electronic Frontier Foundation called Sony's subpoena request "overly broad," and a violation of Hotz's freedom of speech, but to no avail. Sony's request to the magistrate said Hotz himself had agreed not to oppose the subpoenas in exchange for Sony narrowing their scope.

Sony wins subpoenas revealing visitors to PS3 jailbreaker site [The Register]

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Wow a lot of your are really serious about your IP addresses. Sony is basically taking a poll to use as evidence in the case.

They are not taking everyone who visited the site to court as many of you seem to have misinterpreted the article as having stated.

I see lots of angry comments here.. on a daily basis you hand out your IP address to numerous websites and game servers. I'm sure a good chunk of you visit shady sites and porn sites.. but when Sony wants your IP address to make a point in court suddenly the sky is falling?

I'm getting a little tired of all the pro-hotz anti-Sony arguments as they are just so misinformed or immature. What is the point of your stance anyways?

You want your favorite devs to be forced to battle piracy?

You want the proliferation of DRM?

You want to have your online experience ruined by hackers?

I mean if you feel so strongly about having Linux on your PS3 you clearly never updated it in the first place right?

So what is the point? What are you getting out of this?