Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC vs George Hotz

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Nov 21, 2013 (3 years and 9 months ago)

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Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
vs

George
Hotz

Your freedom to understand, discuss, repair, and modify the technological devices you own


Sony
Playstation

3 Game Console



Launched:
November 11, 2006




Developed

by Sony Computer
Entertainment




Units sold:
50 million

(as of March
29, 2011)




Successor to the

PlayStation 2

as
part of the

PlayStation series



Unhackable
?






George
Hotz

aka

Geohot

Age:
21

Other Aliases:
million75, mil,

dream hax0r




First person to unlock an
Iphone
.
Father of the Jailbreak




Alumnus of the Johns Hopkins
Center for Talented Youth program




Worked at Google as an intern, on
the Google Street View project




Won $20,000 Intel scholarship for
3D imaging invention (called Project
Holodeck
)




Has received considerable
attention in mainstream media,
including interviews on the Today
Show, Fox, CNN, NBC, CBS, G4, ABC,
CNBC, and articles in several
magazines and newspapers



End of 2009
-

A
nnounced his efforts
to hack the

Sony

PlayStation 3




January 22, 2010
-

Successfully
hacked the ps3 . Enabling himself read
and write access to the machine's
system memory by exploiting the
OtherOS


feature of the machine




March 28
-

Sony responds by
releasing a

firmware update

that
removes the

OtherOS

feature



OtherOS



Allowed other operating
systems, such as

Linux
or

FreeBSD, to be installed on the
system




Disabled by Sony in firmware
version 3.21




Bait and switch?

super nerds

Elliptic curve cryptography (ECC)


-

approach to

public
-
key cryptography

based on the algebraic
structure of

elliptic curves

over

finite fields

How easy is it to trip up on this function?

Can this compromise the ECC algorithm as a whole???


Is it trivial?


Is it a common mistake?




January 6, 2011
-

showed demo of
running homebrew applications based
on the discovery of the security exploit
by the fail0verflow team.




January 11
-

Sony filed an application
for a temporary restraining order
against
Hotz

in the US District Court of
Northern California.


Hotz’s

computers and storage media
were seized.


Digital Millennium Copyright Act


Criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services
intended to circumvent measures (DRM) that control access to copyrighted works

“The DMCA seems to cast a very wide net and will catch a lot
of things besides computer security”







-


Edward
Felten

April 2011
,
it was revealed that Sony and
Hotz

had settled the lawsuit out of court

Electronic Frontier Foundation

When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack,

the

Electronic Frontier Foundation
(EFF) is the first line of defense.

eff.org

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omarjames
.com/
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