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PS3 Hacker GeoHot Calls Sony Executives Crazy, Arrogant

Infamous hacker GeoHot gives his thoughts on Sony's role in the PSN crisis and outlines why personal data was at risk

George Francis Hotz, commonly known as GeoHot, the hacker most widely recognized for cracking the Apple iPhone and Sony's PlayStation 3 -- the latter activity invoking Sony's legal wrath -- recently posted his own thoughts about the PSN crisis at his online blog.

Claiming no responsibility for the current incident, Hotz instead established his formal position on the PSN attack, insinuating that the hackers responsible make the modding community at large look bad. Hotz also took Sony's executives to task, stating that the engineers within the company were not at fault. Instead, Hotz implied that Sony's higher-ups provoked the hacking/modding community with arrogant attitudes and poor technical practices.

"Now until more information is revealed on the technicals, I can only speculate, but I bet Sony's arrogance and misunderstanding of ownership put them in this position. Sony execs probably haughtily chuckled at the idea of threat modeling.

Sony needs to accept that they no longer own and control the PS3 when they sell it to you. Notice it's only PSN that gave away all your personal data, not Xbox Live when the 360 was hacked, not iTunes when the iPhone was jailbroken, and not GMail when Android was rooted. Because other companies aren't crazy."

Hotz concluded with a brief explanation of what he personally believes it means to be a hacker, the ethics involved in the practice, and issued a warning to the responsible party: "Don't be a [expletive] and sell people's information."


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