Federal Magistrate Grant Sony Right to Acquire Visitors IP's Hotz's PS3-Jailbreaking Website

A federal magistrate Joseph Spero allow Sony to acquire the internet IP addresses of anybody who has visited PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz's website from January of 2009 to the present. The grant to allow Sony to subpoena Hotz's web provider raises a host of web-privacy concerns.The judge also signed off on a Google subpoena […]

A federal magistrate Joseph Spero allow Sony to acquire the internet IP addresses of anybody who has visited PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz's website from January of 2009 to the present. The grant to allow Sony to subpoena Hotz's web provider raises a host of web-privacy concerns.

The judge also signed off on a Google subpoena seeking the logs for Hotz's Blogger.com blog, geohotps.3.blogspot.com.

A YouTube subpoena, also approved, seeks info connected to "geohot" account that displayed a video of the hack being used: "Jailbroken PS3 3.55 with Homebrew." The subpoena demands data to identify who watched the video and "documents reproducing all records or usernames and IP addresses that've posted or published comments in response to the video."

A fourth subpoena is directed at Twitter, demanding the disclosure of all of Hotz's tweets, and "documents sufficient to identify all names, addresses, and telephone numbers associated with the Twitter account."

Bluehost maintains Hotz's geohot.com site. The approved subpoena requires the company to turn over "documents reproducing all server logs, IP address logs, account info, account access records and app or registration forms" tied to Hotz's hosting. The Bluehost subpoena also demands "any other identifying information corresponding to persons or computers who've accessed or downloaded files hosted using your service and associated" with the www.geohot.com website, including but not limited to "geohot.com/jailbreak.zip file."

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