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Hotz: Sony Should Have Hired Security Experts Instead Of Lawyers

Hotz: Sony Should Have Hired Security Experts Instead Of Lawyers

April 28, 2011 | By Mike Rose

George "Geohot" Hotz, the hacker who publicly released details on an exploit that circumvents PS3 security protections and enables system owners to run unauthorized code, has stated that he is not involved in the recent compromise of Sony's PlayStation Network.

Earlier in the week, Sony revealed that an illegal intrusion into its network had compromised its database of user account information.

In a blog post, Hotz noted that he has nothing to do with the intrusions, and he "would prefer to not have the FBI knocking on my door." Hotz said he was "one of the good guys... I used to play games online on PC, I hated cheaters then and I hate them now."

He also launched an attack on Sony executives, saying, "Let's not fault the Sony engineers for this, the same way I do not fault the engineers who designed the BMG rootkit."

"The fault lies with the executives who declared a war on hackers, laughed at the idea of people penetrating the fortress that once was Sony, whined incessantly about piracy, and kept hiring more lawyers when they really needed to hire good security experts."

At the start of the month, the hack group Anonymous announced its intention to attack Sony websites in retaliation for the company's legal actions against PlayStation 3 hackers, as a result of Sony's lawsuits with Hotz and hacker Alexander "Graf_Chokolo" Egorenkov.

The group noted, "In light of this assault on both rights and free expression, Anonymous, the notoriously handsome rulers of the internet, would like to inform you that you have only been 'renting' your web domains. Having trodden upon Anonymous' rights, you must now be trodden on."

However, in light of the recent intrusion, the hacker collective denied any involvement with the current outage. Sony's latest updates have not named Anonymous specifically as the group behind the attacks on PlayStation Network.

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