Anonymous Targets Sony over Geohot and Graf_Chokolo Lawsuits
Anonymous Threatens Sony: #OpPayback
Internet activist collective Anonymous is taking aim at Sony. Anonymous posted an open letter to Sony, calling out the electronics giant over its lawsuits against hackers GeoHot (George Hotz) and Graf_Chokolo (Alexander Egorenkov).
GeoHot and Graf_Choloko are charged with violating the DMCA over their PS3 hacks, which allow users to run homebrew applications. Sony is arguing that GeoHot is violating the terms of service for his PS3 account, but Geohot never actually created a PS3 account. GeoHot posted the PS3 root keys on his website, which drove Sony into a frenzy. GeoHot is also a prolific iPhone hacker.
German police raided Graf_Chokolo's house in January 2011, while Sony sued him for publishing the "Hypervisor Bible", the results of his reverse-engineering research on the PS3.
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Although Hotz denies that his activity in jailbreaking PlayStation 3 firmware violates the DMCA, Sony was awarded a temporary restraining order. Since then, Hotz and Sony have been battling it out in court to determine if the U.S. District Court of Northern California, where Sony wants to try the case, has jurisdiction over Hotz, who resides in New Jersey.