A legal document posted on PS3Crunch.com, reportedly from the offices of law firm Arnold Ruess, shows that the hacker whose home was earlier this week raided by police is now facing threats of jail time and/or massive fines.
The report, which appears to have been signed by the firm's Professor Doctor Peter Ruess, states that the hacker in question - Alexander Egorenkov - is looking at substantial jail time or a fine up to €1 million ($1.4 million) if a court finds in Sony's favour that by hacking the console he has violated copyright laws.
Egorenkov (who calls himself graf_chokolo), has apparently continued posting comments online throughout proceedings, saying:
You know guys, you will say i'm totally crazy now, but i never slept better than in the last 2 days. I don't know how to explain this feeling but i don't care about those threats with jail and high money penalties, btw, SONY wants about 750.000 euros from me if i don't cooperate. They don't know me at all. I don't care about it and they might double it. The higher is the sum the higher gets my motivation. They don't understand what makes me tick. Money and even my life doesn't mean to me very much without knowledge. I have a scientific mind and the knowledge is food to my brain. Without HV, Linux and FreeBSD kernel hacking my life is meaningless.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe does not comment on legal proceedings, but we have contacted the law firm in question to confirm the validity of these reports. We'll update if we hear back from them.