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PlayStation Hacker is Glad He Doesn't Have PSN

Famed PlayStation 3 hacker and former Sony legal target George Hotz has posted on his blog his views on the recent hacking of PSN.

Despite his intimate familiarity with the PS3, he doesn't have a PSN account – something that he's thankful about given the last couple of weeks.

Hotz also makes it clear that he had nothing to do with the hacking of PSN. Even with his view that Sony is a "douche," he does not condone the type of malicious hacking that can negatively affect others.

"And to anyone who thinks I was involved in any way with this, I'm not crazy, and would prefer to not have the FBI knocking on my door. Running homebrew and exploring security on your devices is cool, hacking into someone elses server and stealing databases of user info is not cool," Hotz wrote. "You make the hacking community look bad, even if it is aimed at douches like Sony."

"Also, let's not fault the Sony engineers for this, the same way I do not fault the engineers who designed the BMG rootkit," he continued. "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. Alienating the hacker community is not a good idea."

Read the rest of his thoughts here.

  • mister g
    Amen, but if he wasn't on PSN how does he get new firmware upgrades to play around with?
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  • "The fault lies with the executives who declared a war on hackers"

    Backwards thinking at it's finest right there. Putting fault on the victim. Not too much unlike blaming the flirty woman for being raped...
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  • tsnorquist
    Hey George, could you spend a bit more time cleaning your room than hacking your PS3s.

    Just saying.....
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  • joytech22
    Look, if you make a bunch of hackers angry or give them a motive, you get what you get.

    I'm not saying they did the right thing and I know many people here will quote only the top line of what I said, but I feel sony really lured themselves into this.
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  • virtualban
    mister gAmen, but if he wasn't on PSN how does he get new firmware upgrades to play around with?He does not have PSN anymore, because of the deal with Sony to keep his hands off.
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  • bin1127
    Sony being a douche is one thing but it's entirely different to have someone invade your privacy because they think it's fun. No one would agree to allowing locksmiths running around their houses. Hacking is the same.
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  • utengineer
    It is safe to say this guy does not have a girlfriend.
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  • virtualban
    utengineerIt is safe to say this guy does not have a girlfriend.My fiancee is way more messy than me, and my computer station is a mess of cables and devices that makes what's shown in the photo look as being an example of order.
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  • bustapr
    Of course, would a REAL hacker fill an account with his REAL personal info?

    Wow the dude actually has a stack of code red mountain dew and monster, NERD!
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  • alidan
    Madeuce"The fault lies with the executives who declared a war on hackers"Backwards thinking at it's finest right there. Putting fault on the victim. Not too much unlike blaming the flirty woman for being raped...
    you attract good attention with the bad. you want to ware all that makeup and that short as hell dress, you know the risks. sony, you p!$$ of the hacking community and taunt them, well, you may get good with share holders (while it was "unhackable") but taunting them, than taking away things they wanted, you got the bad attention of people who wanted linux on it, and in the process got the black hat hackers too.

    seriously, should have hired security experts, probably could get 10 good ones for every 1 lawyer
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