Sony Obtains IP Addresses of Geohot Site Vistors
Wired is reporting a serious development in George Hotz's
(geohot's) legal battle. Sony has been granted a subpoena on Hotz's web provider, Bluehost. The company hosts Geohot.com, Hotz's personal webpage and the major hub for all of his PS3 hacking developments. The subpoena will allow Sony access to the IP addresses of anyone who has visited Geohot.com. It will be interested to see how Sony handles this new evidence and if it will spawn any other lawsuits.
A federal magistrate is granting Sony the right to acquire the internet IP addresses of anybody who has visited PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotzís website from January of 2009 to the present.
Thursdayís decision by Magistrate Joseph Spero to allow Sony to subpoena Hotzís web provider (.pdf) raises a host of web-privacy concerns. Bluehost, which maintains Hotzís geohot.com site, received a subpoena as part of Sonyís lawsuit against the 21-year-old New Jersey hacker.
Sony also won subpoenas (.pdf) for data from YouTube and Google, as well as Twitter account data linked to Hotz, who goes by the handle GeoHot.