PS3 hacker Geohot has fled the US

Ran away to South America.

The famous PlayStation 3 hacker George "Geohot" Hotz has bolted from the United States to South America in what appears to be an attempt to escape prosecution from Sony for his role behind the infamous PS3 security breach back in January.

Hotz was ordered by a court judge to hand in his devices and hard drives for investigation after Sony filed a lawsuit against the hacker for not only cracking PS3 security, but distributing his means of doing so online. The case has recently been stalled due to confusion of where its jurisdiction fell.

Court documents filed by Sony have surfaced and revealed Hotz’s non-compliance with the judge’s orders and departure from the country.

Here is what Sony’s complaint had to say:

"Though the evidence establishing personal jurisdiction is already overwhelming, SCEA has little doubt that there is much more. However, over the last several weeks. Hotz has engaged in a campaign to thwart jurisdictional discovery at every turn – regardless of whether the Court has ordered such discovery or not. Most seriously, after Magistrate Judge Spero ordered an inspection of Hotz’s devices and ordered Hotz to appear at a deposition in California, SCEA learned that Hotz had deliberately removed integral components of his impounded hard drives prior to delivering them to a third party neutral and that Hotz is now in South America, an excuse for why he will not immediately provide the components of his hard drives as requested by the neutral. Hotz’s attempts to dodge this Court’s authority raise very serious questions."

To make matters worse for him, the console maker also claims in the documents that Hotz has lied in court about having a PlayStation Network account:

"Hotz identified four PS3 Systems in his possession. He explained that he had purchased one of these consoles new in February 2010 and provided the serial number for that console. SCEA used that serial number to determine that on February 25, 2010, Hotz purchased the PS3 System at a Gamestop store just miles from his home. SCEA’s records show that the same PS3 System was used on March 10, 2010 to create a PSN account under the user name ‘blickmanic.’ The IP address associated with the registration is located in Glen Rock, New Jersey, where Hotz lives."

To see the full court documents featuring all of Sony’s claims with references to the evidence they have mustered, just follow the source link below.

[Sony’s Complaint Court Documents]


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Author: Mike Murphy View all posts by
Mike has been playing games for over two decades. His earliest memories are of shooting ducks and stomping goombas on NES, and over the years, the hobby became one of his biggest passions. Mike has worked with GamerNode as a writer and editor since 2009, giving you news, reviews, previews, a voice on the VS Node Podcast, and much more.

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