Summary: The Sony PS3 console was "hacked" or more appropriately, jailbroken, by iPhone hacker, Geohot.
He managed to reverse engineer his own Playstation 3 to run homebrew applications on it.
And then later released the method to the public, through his site, geohot.com
Sony hit him with a lawsuit and demanded social media sites, including YouTube to hand over IP addresses of people who visited Geohot's social pages/videos.
Paypal have granted access to Sony for them to view Geohot's PayPal account.
The judge of the case has given permission to Sony to view the IP addresses of everyone who visited geohot.com
Sony are also after another group of hackers for the same case.
The PS3 hack which GeoHot released can be compared to the "unlocking" of a phone.
i.e. Once you purchase the phone, it's yours, you can do whatever it is you want with it.
January 11, 2011 - Sony sues GeoHot and others, on 8 claims, including violation of the DMCA, computer fraud, and copyright infringement.
January 27, 2011 - Sony's request for a temporary restraining order (TRO) was granted by the US District Court for the Northern District of California. This forbade him from distributing the jailbreak, helping or encouraging others to jailbreak, and distributing information they've learned during the creation of the jailbreak. It also ordered him to turn over computers and storage media used in the creation of the jailbreak to Sony's lawyers.
March 6, 2011 - The court issued an approval that Sony's lawyers were allowed access to all the IP addresses of all the people who visited geohot's blog
Violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
Contributory copyright infringement
Violating California Comprehensive Computer Data Access and Fraud Act
Breach of Contract (related to the PlayStation Network User Agreement)
What needs to be done and why:
We can not, and will not allow Sony to censor information. If we purchase something, it is ours, we can do what we like with it. GeoHot specifically jailbroke the PS3 to enable the use of homebrew applications, piracy was not possible with GeoHot's exploit, not that it would matter anyway.
It is the duty of Anonymous to help out this young lad, and to protest against Sony's censorship.
The objective of this operation is to DDoS Sony's websites, as a form of protest.
We need media outlets to comment on these DDoS's and why they're taking place.
Taking down Sony sites will create a shitstorm of news reports.
Remember, prevention is the best cure. If companies can get away with doing this today, imagine what they'll be able to do in the future. It's better to be pissed OFF, than pissed ON.
- jailbreaking the iphone is legal, and a challenge to the court was rejected
- the xbox360 modder case was also dismissed, and both geohot and 360 modder are charged with the same "crime," a violation of the DMCA that is questionable at best.
- Geohot is in CIVIL court, not criminal court
- the judge is trying to move the trial from new jersey, where geohot lives, to California, where Sony knows there are more right leaning judges to hear the case
- geohots mod only re-enabled the option to install Linux, a feature that was present when the system was purchased.
- geohot never signed into the PlayStation network with his PS3, and never agreed to the terms of service that changed AFTER he already purchased the system
Where do we start?
Sony is a very hard target to DDoS, and due to the current firepower we have, we cannot take out their bigger sites.
Luckily for us, Sony have many other smaller sites.
DDoS'ing each of these will attract a lot of attention and more users to the network.
For each site we take down of theirs, our firepower will increase.
When we have hundreds in the hive, we'll go for the massive targets.
NOTE: I Don't know if this has been brought to attention before, but as yet another form of censorship, Sony's Blue ray player in the PS3 now mutes the audio of any burned CD/DVD, meaning when you watch a movie... about 20 mins in, the audio will Mute and a message will come up saying it has been muted due to copyright laws.
This ties in to operation Payback and I think it should be brought to attention. May help get people in the hive.