Thursday, March 24, 2011

GeoHot "Flees" To South America

Sony is alledging that GeoHot (aka George Hotz) fleed the country to South America after being taken to court for reverse-engineering the PS3 multidigit code to allow it to run pirated games and homebrew software. Sony already gained access to PayPal records and essentially locked his accounts (except for the litigation donation account).

George Hotz set the record straight on his blog:

"Actually, it's true I'm in South America, on a vacation I've had planned and paid for since November. I mean, it is spring break; hacking isn't my life, Rest assured that not a dime of legal defense money would ever go toward something like this. And of course [Sony-employed law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton] loves the idea of painting me as an international fugitive. I have been in contact with my lawyers almost every day; I would not let the case suffer."

GeoHot handed over his hacking gear a couple weeks back to Sony, and is being accused of deleting key evidence that Sony was going to use against him. GeoHot has played an important role in jailbreaking the iPhone and iOS, resulting in userland jailbreaks like blackra1n and more recently, limera1n (and potentially rubyra1n in the future). Apple has merely patched the exploits used and never tried to stop those responsible...especially after jailbreaking was deemed legal.

Enjoy your spring break George!

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