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Sony Denied Subpoena For Google, Twitter and PayPal In PS3 Hackers Case

Sony Denied Subpoena For Google, Twitter and PayPal In PS3 Hackers Case

February 10, 2011 | By Mike Rose

February 10, 2011 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC

Sony has been denied its attempt to subpoena YouTube, Twitter, Google, PayPal and other sites into providing information regarding details of the Fail0verflow PS3 hackers team.

It was recently revealed that legal representation for Sony Computer Entertainment America was seeking expedited response to a number of subpoenas issued in connection with the recent high-level hack of the PS3 firmware.

SCEA argued that the discovery process was necessary to "identify the Fail0verflow Defendants and other culpable entities so appropriate action can be taken against them for the distribution of the illegal circumvention devices."

Hacking community site now reports that new court documents show Sony's attempt has been denied, with a motion hearing now scheduled for March 11. This means that Sony cannot send out any of the subpoenas.

A California court issued a temporary restraining order against George "Geohot" Hotz last month, the hacker who circumvented PlayStation 3 hardware security measures to run unapproved code on the game console.

Hotz has previously said he did not intend the hack to be used for piracy. He stated "The way that piracy was previously done doesn't work in my jailbreak.

"I made a specific effort while I was working on this to try to enable homebrew without enabling things I do not support, like piracy."

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