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German PS3 hacker's house raided by police

A German hacker known as graf_chokolo is the latest casualty in Sony's war on PS3 hackers. A rep from Sony Europe has today confirmed that the company was involved in yesterday's police raid of the notorious coder's house, during which computers and suspicious materials were confiscated.

"Guys, SONY was today at my home with police and got all my stuff and accounts. So be careful from now on," wrote graf_chokolo on his PS3 Linux and Hypervisor Reverse Engineering blog shortly after the incident.

Undaunted by the invasion, and eager to prove that he wasn't pulling a fast one on the community, graf_chokolo quickly posted his 'The Hypervisor Bible,' a file reported to contain all of graf_chokolo's knowledge on how to jailbreak the PS3 and make short work of Sony's encryptions.

The release was accompanied by one of graf_chokolo's last posts stating, "Guys, I don’t joke, it’s serious. And to prove it, I kept my word and uploaded all my HV reversing stuff. Upload it everywhere so SONY couldn’t remove it easily. Grab it guys, it contains lots of knowledge about HV and HV procs."

Now that Sony has confirmed its actions to Kotaku, this event drives home the serious nature of Sony's hacker crackdown. It sounds like graf_chokolo got his revenge - did Sony's actions fit the crime?

[Source: PSX Scene]

Feb 24, 2011

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33 comments

  • Cyph3rPunk - February 26, 2011 11:06 a.m.

    This is our world now... the world of the electron and the switch, the beauty of the baud. We make use of a service already existing without paying for what could be dirt-cheap if it wasn't run by profiteering gluttons, and you call us criminals. We explore... and you call us criminals. We seek after knowledge... and you call us criminals. We exist without skin color, without nationality, without religious bias... and you call us criminals. You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us and try to make us believe it's for our own good, yet we're the criminals. Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for. I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto. You may stop this individual, but you can't stop us all... after all, we're all alike.
  • Ch0doBoy - February 26, 2011 1:16 a.m.

    All I can say is read the User Agreement. The software is property of Sony Entertainment. To tamper or steal it is a crime. They say so in plain words. You buy the hardware, and you payed for the right to use the software. Think of it this way, if you made a program..don't matter what type. And some dick felt the need to hack it and spread the code all over the net, and mess with your financial situation, you would be out for blood too. Stop acting like you wouldn't get pissed cause someone messed up something you worked super hard on.
  • freakyfro99 - February 25, 2011 4:59 p.m.

    Using law enforcement was too much. They should've gone through the courts like they have before, especially when there's the threat of him releasing all his knowledge on the internet. @shadowreaper72, I'm really hoping you're joking. If no, you need to get committed. You're sounding like a crazed extremist...
  • Augimix - February 25, 2011 1:46 p.m.

    You wanna stop a hacker? Hire a better one. But Sony and all its glory seems to forget this.
  • TitanofRock21 - February 25, 2011 12:41 p.m.

    hmmmm I can clearly see both sides of the argument have their vailid points. What sony needs to realise is that most of these hardcore hackers are only doing it for the fun of it. The challenge even. the more they try to stop them, and go all over the top and such the more incentive they are giving to them. I don't agree with hacking for malicious purposes. hacking in general is just a skill, and like anything else can be used for good or evil. Also for everyone of these hackers that sony takes down it just gives the next ambitious punk the more reason to hack some more of their shit and claim himself as king. honestly maybe sony should be hiring these guys to stop others at their own game. fuck make a game out of it even. "hacker #1 we will pay you to come up with security software that will defeat hacker #2" kinda like ac brothers hoods multiplayer story yes?
  • lynx0174 - February 25, 2011 11:19 a.m.

    Cant understand how this has actually took place in Europe ? Unless he opened the door and legally let them in no ? Either way, i see Sony giving themselves a bad rep here. The hacker is clearly going to get a good lawyer and get it all paid for by the community so why bother ? I understand theyre trying to make a point - but why cant they just completely ban them from the network ? PC does it, Xbox too. And they all can be hacked.
  • TheCheesy4 - February 25, 2011 10:15 a.m.

    Why would they not just cut off his internet before bollocking him? Seems obvious to me.
  • reaperman22 - February 25, 2011 5:23 a.m.

    serves him right, i say do whatever it takes, they are breaking the law and should be stopped, there wouldn't be so much of a resistance towards this if he was stealing cars or something like that and since piracy is stealing i don't see why it should be treated differently
  • celticwhisper - February 25, 2011 4:10 a.m.

    You're either incredibly ignorant of the law, or you're a corporate shill. The laws that the hacker broke are civil and not criminal. Sony can't press criminal charges if no criminal offenses were committed. Unless German law prescribes jail time for copyright violations, they can't send him to jail, and that's a very good thing. Frankly, I hope the court rules in the hacker's favour and assigns extremely harsh punitive damages to Sony, or even freezes their assets for a year or two to really hurt their business and teach them some humility. I would love to see their corporate charter revoked, thus making it illegal for them to ever do business in Germany again, but I don't think that's realistically going to happen. Sony needs to be smacked down and reined in. Badly.
  • PimplesInYourAsstista - February 25, 2011 3:29 a.m.

    Good riddance. With any luck, cops kicking down a few of these asshole's doors might make some of them think twice.
  • SideOfBeef - February 25, 2011 3:29 a.m.

    A guy is breaking the law and the police got involved? THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!
  • Raiden706 - February 25, 2011 2:51 a.m.

    @ all of those saying this wrong he was doing something illegal, so yes the police needs to get involved. If I was Sony I wouldn't be just doing a civil case, I'd be pressing charges. Just send that idiot to Jail.
  • NG14916 - February 25, 2011 2:31 a.m.

    I'm against these hackers too, but a police raid is a bit extreme.
  • Gameguy94 - February 25, 2011 1:04 a.m.

    I lol'd at the picture. Some should've Photoshopped Playstation logos onto the back of the helmets. =D
  • Biocommie - February 25, 2011 12:52 a.m.

    I think you guys may be overreacting a bit. It's not like they went in there and broke his legs with their clubs. They confiscated his means of doing something illegal.
  • waffman11 - February 25, 2011 12:01 a.m.

    I think that this is perfectly reasonable. I don't care about the "circumstances" or "true purpose" of these hacks or what the hackers are trying to do. They have crossed VERY clear lines and broken laws, shit needs to be done. The fact that the prick posted everything just reinforces the idea that hackers are douche bags and have no business doing what they are doing, nobody does.
  • kingdom - February 24, 2011 11:10 p.m.

    While this might have been over the line these smug punks are beyond annoying to hear about. The simple fact is that these guys feel entitled to do whatever they wish with just about anything but the hardware is still Sony's design and I am terribly sorry they went back on their choice of being able to run linux and random junk on the machine but its still their choice what their hardware can and can't do. There is truly no need I can think of to run other operating systems on here other than to tinker with junk for no good reason, if they didn't like it when Sony said no they shouldn't have bought the machine. We all know Sony was able to drop the price on the console and get it back thru game and accessories sales which means that piracy completely cripples them. PC pirating is bad enough and has run off a ton of good devs and such, these guys enabling the more malicious folk is only gonna spell bad news for the gaming industry as a whole. Open source is one thing (and something I generally support) but any of the malicious hacking and pirating is just going to make things worse down the road.
  • SolarPoweredShitMachine - February 24, 2011 11:05 p.m.

    Well what did you expect Sony to do? Sit back and let all this happen? At least they're not fucking around. Maybe I'd be a bit more sympathetic if the PS3 was on its last legs but the guy deserved it...
  • Alakasam342 - February 24, 2011 10:55 p.m.

    pirating is extremely difficult to stop...considering that a vast amount of 3rd world countries thrive off of the black market 0.0 Still, sony should have attacked him in civil court, this just seems too...violent XD
  • JMAN1156 - February 24, 2011 10:38 p.m.

    Sony can suck it. I'm so glad he posted all his shit online. They should be punished for this and their over the top attack on hackers.

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