Does This Mean Sony’s Kevin Butler Will Also Be Subpoenaed?

Does This Mean Sony’s Kevin Butler Will Also Be Subpoenaed?

PlayStation executive mascot Kevin Butler unwittingly tweets the PlayStation 3’s private cryptography key, the key that opens the system up to piracy and homebrew programs, after Twitter user Travis “exiva” La Marr taunts the VP of PlayStation Stuff.

Butler’s tweet was quickly scrubbed from his account, marking at least the second time the fictional exec has gone off message on Twitter.

Sony has been trying to subpoena information from companies like Google, Twitter and PayPal to gather details on one of the parties responsible for distributing the crypto key.


    • Get off your high horse.

      What Sony has done is limit what can be done with the system (Which can be seen by their removal of the Other OS option). How would you like it if Microsoft, Intel or any other computer company said you could only have what they build, and can never upgrade or build your own PC? (Kinda like what Dell do now that I think about it)

      Most of these groups are looking for a way to restore what was removed from the system, the side effect is that the PS3 can run unofficial software and of course, people have taken advantage of this and use it to pirate games.

      If people actually looked into subjects before they start blindly typing on the keyboard, then there would be less stupid on the internet

      • Either way, because of these hacks we (the users) have to now put up with constant firmware updates and maybe in the future DRM coded software. YAY!!

        Thank you hackers for making the world a better place.

        • There were constant firmware updates and DRM coded software before the code was released.

          The people who cracked it aren’t the ones putting you through that nonsense either.

          Though it’s unclear why you’re even complaining, if you like to ownership to Sony over something you purchased then do it. It’s silly to blame the people freeing up the system for Sony’s policy or your own.

        • You do realise the hackers wouldn’t have gotten into the PS3 and broken it so severely if Sony had done their job right the first time and made the PS3 properly secure instead of a moronic pile of crap that could have really only been done while under the influence of something?
          If anything, it’s Sony fault for not securing the console that YOU, the consumer, bought in the first place, and evidently you should be grateful for their attempts at fixing it up.

          • Really, that’s the defence you are using, its sony’s fault for not making it completely hack proof. It it wasn’t “properly secure” why did it take over 3 years before being cracked, rather than just a few months for every other console (and a few days/weeks for kinect).

            By you same logic it is the music industry’s fault for pirated music, the movie industry’s fault for pirated movies and the knife makes fault for every stabbed person, Oh, and apparently you should be grateful to the people that do these things to for “fixing it for you”

      • Is that really what it’s about?

        I often wonder if hackers don’t seek legitamacy by claiming things like the reinstall of other os… when, in reality, they’re just malicious, cheap, theiving, no good, self important, cheating, wreckers…

        If they were truly concerned only with the os thing… they’d have written their hack to only add that feature. That their exploit opens the box to a number of things… including game and acheivement hacking, piracy and other os features says a great deal to me.

        Further more, Sony take a cut of the money from every game sold… it’s not unreasonable for the publishers to expect that Sony would enforce anti piracy measures for their money.

      • Yeah yeah the hackers are heroes, it’s all Sony’s fault for removing OtherOS blah blah blah. Stop beating that horse, it’s long dead. And starting to smell.

        The real question is: WHY did they remove OtherOS? Oh that’s right – it got hacked.

  • @Nick yes your right about DRM, I was thinking about the idea of serial codes added to future games.

    @roxahris WTF are you on about? – “moronic pile of crap that could have really only been done while under the influence of something?”. That does not make any sense. The system had been secure (from its 2006 launch) longer than any other system and unless you have an absolute hatred of Sony products why would you call it a “moronic pile of crap”. Plus no system is 100% secure.

    Now I believe that Hackers hack things like the PS3 for the challenge of it. Not because they want to burn Sony. It’s a hobby for some and I totally respect that. But they don’t really consider or care that their actions may cause grief in the future for the everyday users. Piracy is piracy but when the hacks turn into cheating on the games we play. We stop playing them.

  • Why would Kevin Butler (If it even is him Tweeting and not some company rep) know the PS3 key. Why would he care to find out? He’s an actor. He’s probably got better things to do like polish all his cars or polish all his wives.

  • Funny how people seem to think Kevin Butler’s a person. He’s just a marketing persona. It’s more like a team of PR reps made a calculated decision to ‘leak’ then pull this.

    The thought of ‘Kevin Butler’ actually tweeting this, is like kids actually believing those letters they wrote to Aggro’s Cartoon Connection were actually read by a puppet.

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