Sony strikes first blood in PS3 hacking case

Posted by Mike Luttrell

After years of hard work in trying to prevent people from playing unauthorized games on its newest game console, Sony finally has a victory in its belt.

A California court has granted Sony's motion for a restraining order against George Hotz, one of the most prolific PS3 hackers and distributor of a user-friendly hacking guide.

As such, Hotz has been ordered to take down all links to the hack and turn over his computers within 10 days.

Hotz became legendary in the hacking community because of his ability to stay on top of Sony's continued attempts to prevent illegal software from running on the PS3.

However, Hotz contends he never intended to run illegal software on the PS3 and actually took measures to ensure those who followed his instructions wouldn't either.

But Sony says that's kind of like putting an ad in Times Square and then putting a tiny sign next to it saying not to look at the ad. Well, Sony didn't use that analogy (they should have) but you get the point.

The case had stalled a bit early on, but only for a technicality. Once those things were settled, the judge in the case had no qualms with telling Hotz to turn over his computer and remove all of the content he had posted online related to PS3 hacking.

Hotz went on a small media tour professing his innocence after Sony first filed the charges. This is the biggest case for Sony's mission to drive out PS3 hacking.