Sony engineers hosted meeting with George 'Geohot' Hotz
- Posted May 1st, 2012 at 09:32 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 6 Comments
A New Yorker profile on George ‘Geohot’ Hotz has revealed that Sony engineers met with the notorious PlayStation 3 jailbreaker last year to discuss the ‘methodology’ of hacking.
The platform holder set up a meeting with Hotz in May 2011 to chew the fat over how he managed to hack its flagship games platform.
Interestingly, the discussions came hot on the heels of a highly-publicised court battle between Hotz and Sony, after the latter filed a lawsuit against the hacker for publishing a guide on how to crack PS3. Eventually, the pair agreed to settle out of court.
The New Yorker article quotes Hotz stating that Sony engineers were “respectful,” further adding “if there were going to be lawyers there, I was going to be the biggest asshole ever.”
Speaking on the decision to hold the meeting, Jim Kennedy, senior vice president of Sony corporate strategic communications, commented:
“We are always interested in exploring all avenues to better safeguard our systems and protect consumers.”
Sony’s PlayStation Network was hit by a plague of downtime this time last year, after the company was forced to bring it offline for over a month as a result of an “external intrusion.”
- 10:56am EDT - May 1st, 2012
He said he "was going to be the biggest a**hole ever"... I got news for him, he already is, and he ruined a lot of good things for a lot of honest people.
Too bad Sony consulted him and others may do so in the future; that only encourages that behavior.
Gameoholic007 | Demented007
- 2:21pm EDT - May 1st, 2012
I don't think Sony should dealing with someone, who hacked their hardware. Talk about dancing with the devil. =/
- 4:05pm EDT - May 1st, 2012
o, they should've talked to him a long time ago, not tried to destroy him as an example.
- 5:21pm EDT - May 1st, 2012
hey should have hired the man instead of sueing him.
- 12:13pm EDT - May 3rd, 2012
Only an ignorant twit thinks what Sony did was wrong. What they did was the smartest thing they could possibly do. Find out from the source how he bypassed your security system. It's what the FBI has done over the past few decades. Hire the smartest criminals to work for them.
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