Sony Sues Geohot Over PS3 Firmware 3.55 Hack

January 12, 2011, By Leo Xavier

Sony is now trying hard to deny access to the PS3 hacking tools developed by Geohot and his team. The company has now filed a legal complaint against the hacker George “GeoHot” Hotz and the fail0verflow team.

Sony is saying that the TPM-circumnavigating system has already been used to pirate games. Sony is now demanding all hints of the tools to be removed from the web and seize Geohot’s equipments.

Sony has appealed that these hacks are against the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, “and has alleged contributory copyright infringement arising out of the Copyright Act; as well as related state and common law claims for violation of the California Comprehensive Computer Data Access and Fraud Act, breach of contract, tortuous interference with contractual relations, trespass and common law misappropriation.”

It appears that the company isn’t letting this one slide down without a fight. But for now, no formal lawsuit has been filed by Sony, only a restraining order to get the root key and modified firmware taken offline.

Only time will tell to what extend the court will approve Sony’s claims and demands. However, it will be hard to undo the damage now that the hack is already out in the wild.

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