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Unsurprisingly, George 'GeoHot' Hotz has Some Thoughts About this Whole PSN Hacking Thing

The kid who cracked the PlayStation 3's security is not shocked to learn someone else hacked the PlayStation Network.

As the news blogs and social media feeds continue to swell to the point of bursting with vitriolic, sarcastic, and generally unkind words regarding the compromising of the PlayStation Network and the bona fide communications catastrophe that has since followed, we of The Internet have waited with bated breath for words from George "GeoHot" Hotz, that lovable, firmware-hacking rapscallion whose fairly public and unpleasant legal battle with Sony over said PS3 hackery more or less set off all this nonsense.

 Hackers, meet your bed-headed messiah.
Now, Hotz's deepest, most personal thoughts have come down from on high (via his blog), and perhaps unsurprisingly, he sees this issue as primarily the fault of Sony executives and their particular brand of hubris in dealing with the hacker community at large.

"The fault lies with the executives," wrote Hotz, "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."

On the subject of the current issue and its ramifications for the personal identities of a whole bunch of PlayStation 3 owners, Hotz expressed a sort of defiant sympathy. "Running homebrew and exploring security on your devices is cool, hacking into someone elses server and stealing databases of user info is not cool. You make the hacking community look bad, even if it is aimed at douches like Sony."

== TEASER ==Hotz, who recently settled his civil suit with Sony over his hacked firmware chicanery, also distanced himself directly from the whole episode. "I'm not crazy, and would prefer to not have the FBI knocking on my door," he stated. Anonymous, the Super Mega Awesome Hacking Club who previously responded to Sony's legal chest-beating by threatening to use Sony executives' personal email addresses to sign up for Craigslist erotic service ads, have also claimed to not be directly involved in this personal info thievery.

Hotz closed with a message to the hackers involved in the PSN breach, imploring them not to be "dicks" and referring to Sony as "noobs" without a hint of identifiable irony.

"To the perpetrator, two things. You are clearly talented and will have plenty of money(or a jail sentence and bankruptcy) coming to you in the future. Don't be a dick and sell people's information. And I'd love to see a write up on how it all went down...lord knows we'll never get that from Sony, noobs probably had the password set to '4' or something. I mean, at least it was randomly generated." Alex Navarro on Google+
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Posted by Alex

As the news blogs and social media feeds continue to swell to the point of bursting with vitriolic, sarcastic, and generally unkind words regarding the compromising of the PlayStation Network and the bona fide communications catastrophe that has since followed, we of The Internet have waited with bated breath for words from George "GeoHot" Hotz, that lovable, firmware-hacking rapscallion whose fairly public and unpleasant legal battle with Sony over said PS3 hackery more or less set off all this nonsense.

 Hackers, meet your bed-headed messiah.
Now, Hotz's deepest, most personal thoughts have come down from on high (via his blog), and perhaps unsurprisingly, he sees this issue as primarily the fault of Sony executives and their particular brand of hubris in dealing with the hacker community at large.

"The fault lies with the executives," wrote Hotz, "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."

On the subject of the current issue and its ramifications for the personal identities of a whole bunch of PlayStation 3 owners, Hotz expressed a sort of defiant sympathy. "Running homebrew and exploring security on your devices is cool, hacking into someone elses server and stealing databases of user info is not cool. You make the hacking community look bad, even if it is aimed at douches like Sony."

== TEASER ==Hotz, who recently settled his civil suit with Sony over his hacked firmware chicanery, also distanced himself directly from the whole episode. "I'm not crazy, and would prefer to not have the FBI knocking on my door," he stated. Anonymous, the Super Mega Awesome Hacking Club who previously responded to Sony's legal chest-beating by threatening to use Sony executives' personal email addresses to sign up for Craigslist erotic service ads, have also claimed to not be directly involved in this personal info thievery.

Hotz closed with a message to the hackers involved in the PSN breach, imploring them not to be "dicks" and referring to Sony as "noobs" without a hint of identifiable irony.

"To the perpetrator, two things. You are clearly talented and will have plenty of money(or a jail sentence and bankruptcy) coming to you in the future. Don't be a dick and sell people's information. And I'd love to see a write up on how it all went down...lord knows we'll never get that from Sony, noobs probably had the password set to '4' or something. I mean, at least it was randomly generated."
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Posted by Sitoxity

Not surprising

Posted by ryanwho

Holtz is wanted and he's still blogging. What a dumbass.

Posted by Tesla

Hack the planet!

Posted by BonOrbitz

Shit, Sony and I shared the same password?!

Posted by Blueman

Smug little prick.

Posted by TheDudeOfGaming
@Blueman said:
" Smug little prick. "
:D :D :D 
Posted by MooseyMcMan

At least this Hotz fellow realizes that it's "not cool" to steal credit card info and stuff. I guess not all hackers are completely bad. But they're all at least mostly bad. 

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Posted by Mesoian
@ryanwho: ...wha? He's not wanted anymore. The whole thing regarding his involvement is over.
Posted by Chubbaluphigous

As much as I hate this guy, the "randomly generated" comment at the end was cute.

Posted by Hailinel

He actually uses "noob" without irony in a context unrelated to the Mortal Kombat character?

Does he ever leave his basement when either not present in court or running around South America?

Online
Posted by GunslingerPanda
@Blueman said:
" Smug little prick. "
Who are you talking about?
Online
Posted by KaosAngel

Before some dumbass says George was responsible for what happened to PSN, George only does hardware.  Network hacking requires advance knowledge of encryption and cryptology, both of which George has stated he cannot do.  People who do network hacking are some of the smartest people in the world, and make a very rate percent of the population.  

People who did this are the ones who go to DEFCON every year, post on the PartyVan IRC, and are constantly tracked by the FBI and NSA in the hopes the hacker fucks up, so the government can make a deal to work for them to drop charges or bail them out.

Hardware breaking =/= Network Cryptology 


George had NOTHING to do with PSN, he doesn't have the brains for it.
Posted by zombie_bigdaddy

who cares?

Posted by ryanwho
@Mesoian said:
" @ryanwho: ...wha? He's not wanted anymore. The whole thing regarding his involvement is over. "
Then why does his hair look like that?
Posted by gingertastic_10

He's such a fucking asshole.

Edited by Sanj

Call me crazy, but I think this guy doesn't like Sony.

Posted by TheVeteran13

It's funnier in german
  

Posted by Olivaw
@Tesla: HACK THE GIBSON
Posted by Alex_Carrillo

Eugh. Go away, neckbeard.

Posted by TadThuggish

On his side till he said "noob".

Posted by zitosilva
@Tesla said:
" Hack the planet! "
Posted by HeadNodShy
@ryanwho: Wanted by whom?
Posted by ffdthree

I think I like this guy

Posted by 5socks5

I realize this isn't the most proper opinion, but I actually sorta like the guy. He understands that stealing Personal Info. isn't cool, and I can tell he's still sorta pissed that Sony isn't smart enough to hire hackers (he actually asked Sony for a job after the settlement). I can see why he'd have an attitude at this point but is smart enough to realize this isn't exactly a nice situation.


@ryanwho said:
" Holtz is wanted and he's still blogging. What a dumbass. "
I'm sorry but do you have any idea of what the fuck is going on?
Hotz made a settlement with Sony. He's not allowed to hack the PS3 anymore and he'll go on free. That's all.

@zombie_bigdaddy said:
" who cares? "
People with PS3s that want to see their rights protected or that want to know what a hacker who originally broke the door down on the PS3 thinks of this whole problem.

@KaosAngel: I'm glad some people know what they're talking about.
Posted by RIDEBIRD
@TheVeteran13: HACK DÄ PLANEE

Awesome.
Posted by craigbo180

I wanted him to respond in the form of rap.

Posted by MolluskLingers

why give this idiot any newsspace

Posted by ViciousReiven
@Blueman said:
" Smug little prick. "
You mean Sony right?
Posted by Punk1984
@KaosAngel: Do we know if the hack was started on a Custom Firmware PS3? Or was that just BS?
Posted by kennybaese

I'm mostly annoyed because I have to change a shit ton of passwords and my goddamn credit card numbers because of this stuff, so I hope if and when Sony or whoever finds out who broke into my personal information they fucking bury them. 


Also, as great as his name is, this guy is an ass. Hackers in general tend to be elitist asses. Seriously, vote with your dollar don't fuck people who aren't crazy like you are. Seriously. 
Posted by wibby
@ryanwho: no he isn't' you damn fool
Posted by ffdthree
@5socks5: I'm glad i'm not the only one that has at least a level of respect for him.
Posted by AlexW00d
@KaosAngel: Well considering they did it by using dev firmware, it probably was his fault.
Posted by gamefreak9
@KaosAngel: 
It's really not as hard as your describing, and no you don't need to be smart, its an acquired skill, though you better learn pretty fast or from an expert because if your not an expert quickly, they will catch you. Also you need to know where to get your gadgets + hardware

source: friend is a hacker
Posted by Krakn3Dfx

It's too bad one of the stipulations in the settlement wasn't that George Hotz would stop talking.

Edited by KaosAngel
@Punk1984: George's initial break that he did with a TEAM, helped create the program that loaded the developer ID onto public PS3s.  After that was found out in Feb, the cryptologists who did the real hacking started their stuff.  George did create the initial crack, but he didn't do it alone.  People fail to realize George is being singled out due to being a public figure....and 99.9% of the people who do hacking use real code names that keeps them safe from everyone but the FBI and NSA.

If people even bothered to read the fucking logs from PartyVan IRC in Feb, they'd realized this shit started back then and it was done by some of the smartest hackers in the States.  
Posted by august
@AlexW00d said:
" @KaosAngel: Well considering they did it by using dev firmware, it probably was his fault. "
Source?
Posted by Zicdab

I don't think this needed to be posted.

Posted by Vexxan

HACK THE PLANET

Posted by pornstorestiffi

Some one needs to hire him!!!! no, just no... some one needs to kick his face in. Thats pretty much all there is to it.


And damn George, you actually pulled of looking worse than a dude dressed up to look like a Hobbit.
Posted by ryanwho
@wibby: You'd have to be a fool not to follow this guy's life huh. Skin like tissue paper, this forum. I'm sending all of you giftbaskets with Vicodin in them so next time someone gets a trivial fact wrong you wont blow a gasket.
Posted by CL60

I love how everybody in this topic is calling him a dick among other things.. did you even read what he said? Nothing he said at all makes him a dick.

Posted by xanavi

Nice xkcd reference there.

Posted by andygazi

I would have preferred him to rap this instead of blogging it.  But interesting info.  I kinda agree with his points.  Also love to see a writeup n how they did it.

Posted by benjaebe

Initially I was annoyed to see more about Geohot, but Alex's writing always makes me laugh.

Posted by Mechabolic
@AlexW00d: Granted, he is kind of a prick, I don't think the whole fault should be blamed on him.  That would be like blaming Oliver Winchester for a shooting that would happen next week.  Hotz's original plan was just to bring back OtherOS to the ps3 but there will always be people that will try to exploit new technologies.  Still, it doesn't help Hotz's case when he pretty much said "Give me a job, I broke yo s**t Sony!" on his website.
Edited by twillfast
@bonorbitz said:

" Shit, Sony and I shared the same password?! "

Well I should be safe, 'cause mine's 6.

Edit: I shouldn't have told you that, should I?
Posted by CarpetRemnant

To be fair he's right...to a degree. A portion of the blame does surely lie with Sony's frankly baffling corporate culture. This is the same company that said people would get a second job to get a PS3, they mean well but they just succeed in winding up the wrong people.

The rest of the blame obviously lies with the cuntweasels that perpetrated this network breach, I am sure they can be traced by tracking orders for XXXXXXXXL Utilikilts.
Posted by shinluis

Wow. Never seen his picture before. I'm impressed that he actually is a little kid.