Sony has moved to take legal action over the apparent three or more hackers who broke into the PS3 operating system, bypassing protection which would prevent bootleg copies of PlayStation 3 games to run on the console. Hacker “Geohot” is one the defendants served with restraining orders prohibiting the named as well as others involved from “Engaging in acts of circumvention of TPMs in the PS3 System to access, obtain, remove, or traffic in copyrighted works.”
The hacker group, known as fail0verflow, made the security breach publicly known during a conference in Berlin last month. According to fail0verflow tweets, their goal is to run Linux on the PS3 with dual-boot into GameOS, with whatever firmware versions may be installed and without any 3D restrictions.
Sony’s PS3 was at one time able to run different operating systems. But a firmware update in April 2010 took away that option because of concerns over illegal playing of PS3 games and other security issues.
Sony says already pirated software is being produced which takes advantage of the tools distributed by fail0verflow.
What’s apropos of the illegal implications is that fake YouTube and Facebook accounts have apparently emerged requesting donations to the hacker group. But, according to the group’s tweets, “if you’ve donated to fail0verflow, it’s a scam.”