The turmoil rages on as the mystery behind the hacked PlayStation Network continues to unravel a little bit more every day. One individual has been curiously quiet throughout this delayed process, but today George “GeoHot” Hotz has finally broken his silence concerning the debacle his recent prosecutors have landed themselves in.
First and foremost, he denies any allegation or assumption that he had anything to do with the attack on Sony’s PSN. After having to deal with an uphill legal battle against one of the largest worldwide entertainment companies on the planet, it is unlikely he would even consider putting himself in this position that would jeopardize the rest of his life. Yet the internet still questioned whether this slighted hacker might hold some resentment toward Sony, so he has spoken out via his personal blog.
GeoHot goes on to raise some interesting and valuable points concerning where Sony went wrong, as well as slamming the hackers for abusing their technical prowess in such a heinous and illegal manner:
“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.”
The most vital piece of information to gain from GeoHot’s post is his interpretation of how Sony not only left themselves wide open for this attack, but in fact prodded and pushed at the hacking community they now are hunting down until the invasion was basically inevitable:
“Also, let’s not fault the Sony engineers for this, the same way I do not fault the engineers who designed the BMG rootkit. The fault lies with the executives 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.”
We might never know all the details of this PSN shutdown, but there is no question Sony is going to be spending the remainder of this console cycle rethinking the meaning of the word “security.” As GeoHot points out, despite the fact the Xbox 360, iPhone, and Android were all hacked and rooted, never was there a mass exodus of consumer data such as this. Sony has experienced and allowed something entirely unprecedented. We can only hope their relief efforts are as impressive as their failings.
Do you think GeoHot is correct in his assumption that the PlayStation Network was doomed to be hacked? Will Sony ever release the details of the hacking, or will we have to wait to see if the hackers come forward themselves?
Source: GeoHot Got Sued