PS3 hacker Geohot must surrender computer to Sony

8:40 AM on 02.11.2011

Jim Sterling

Former Reviews Editor

Sony has had a taste of victory, following the news that its frenzied subpoena requests were denied. Initially, George "Geohot" Hotz was ordered to retrieve information from his computer and submit it to court. However, Judge Susan Illston realized that wouldn't work, and has given Sony the right to access Hotz's computer. 

"Here, I find probable cause that your client has got these things on his computer," said Illston, when Hotz's attorney complained about the decision. "It’s a problem when more than one thing is kept on the computer. I’ll make sure the order is and will be that Sony is only entitled to isolate ... the information on the computer that relates to the hacking of the PlayStation."

Sony and Hotz have been ordered to organize a time and place where the computer can be raked over with a fine-toothed comb. Naturally, Hotz is not allowed to change or modify anything on the PC, although one wonders if he didn't already just delete delete delete the moment this started getting serious.

This whole situation started as fun and games on the part of the hackers, but it seems that companies are getting brutal over this stuff. Do you side with Sony, or Hotz on this issue? Do hackers deserve to have the utter piss scared out of them, or should platform holders accept that, sooner or later, their stuff will be hacked?

Sony to Inspect PlayStation Hacker’s Hard Drive [Wired]

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