George Hotz, also known as ‘GeoHot’, the famous hacker who exposed the Sony Playstation 3 root key has denied any involvement in the Sony Playstation Network breach.
The 21 year old hacker, well known for creating the first software based hack for the iPhone has said that he had nothing to do with the recent PSN ‘intrusion’. Hotz made a blog post and he said “Anyone who thinks I was involved in any way with this, I’m not crazy, and would prefer to not have the FBI knocking on my door. Running homebrew and exploring security on your devices is cool, hacking into someone else’s 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.”
He is also keen to point out that Sony are a bunch of arrogant people by saying “Now until more information is revealed on the technicals, I can only speculate, but I bet Sony’s arrogance and misunderstanding of ownership put them in this position. Sony execs probably haughtily chuckled at the idea of threat modeling. Traditionally the trust boundary for a web service exists between the server and the client. But Sony believes they own the client too, so if they just put a trust boundary between the consumer and the client(can’t trust those pesky consumers), everything is good. ”
He claims he was originally planning a homebrew alternative to PSN and jokes that if Sony hadn’t stopped him, then some Playstation 3 owners would have a place to game online right now.
He ends his blog by offering advice to the potential hacker of the PSN network. “To the perpetrator, two things. You are clearly talented and will have plenty of money (or a jail sentence and bankruptcy) coming to you in the future. Don’t be a dick and sell people’s information.”
KitGuru says: Hotz has no involvement, but who did the hacking? We will probably never know.