Sony can’t get the mysterious PS3 hackers names from Google, but it can look through the computer of the known “celebrity” one, George Hotz.
Hotz, who first got national attention when he hacked the iPhone, had to turn over his computer back in late January. His attorney attempted to block Sony from combing through the hard drive.
This week, a federal judge ruled that Sony is allowed to examine Hotz’s computer hard drive and fish out info “that relates to the hacking of the PlayStation,” Wired.com reports.
“It’s a problem when more than one thing is kept on the computer,” said US District Court Judge Susan Illston. “I’ll make sure the order is and will be that Sony is only entitled to isolate… the information on the computer that relates to the hacking of the PlayStation.”
Last month, Hotz landed in hot water after successfully hacking the PS3 and then posting a how-to on YouTube as well as the code on his website. Sony has taken him to court over the hacking.
However, performing a similar hack on a cell phone is not illegal.
The judge order Hotz to work out a time and place in which Hotz could allow Sony to look through his hard drive and was ordered not to delete any jailbreak-related files.