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From Code Theft Arrest to a Hacker's Promise - News Roundup 30th March 2010

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Breach, Games news, GeoHotz, GTA, Hot Coffee, PS3

Take Two Pays for Hot Coffee

From Code Theft Arrest to a Hacker's Promise - News Roundup 30th March 2010

I'm sure you're aware of the controversial hidden sex minigame built into GTA: San Andreas, and I'm also sure that most of you couldn't have cared less. Nevertheless, Take Two have finally issued monetary compensation to the blushing prudes that were offended by the inclusion of this shocking (ly tame) content.

According to the class action website, the offended gamers can receive the overwhelming sum of $5 to £35 depending on if they've still got the receipt and original disc. Which is just enough to buy your own hot coffee... or a cheap coffee machine if you're lucky.

[GTA Settlement via Kotaku]

Legendary Hacker Vows to Save PS3 Linux Support

From Code Theft Arrest to a Hacker's Promise - News Roundup 30th March 2010

Remember Geohot? Legendary hacker George Hotz managed to successfully hack the PS3 a month ago, and Sony are planning to remove Linux support this Thursday as a protective measure against future incursions (regardless about how well-meaning they are). Most gamers won't be affected by the move (and probably won't even notice it), but it's likely to raise the hackles of the homebrew community.

Possibly feeling guilty for the impending removal of the PS3's ability to run other operating systems, Hotz has pleaded for gamers to resist updating the firmware until he's developed a workaround.

"A note to people interested in the exploit and retaining OtherOS support, DO NOT UPDATE. When 3.21 comes out, I will look into a safe way of updating to retain OtherOS support, perhaps something like Hellcat's Recovery Flasher. I never intended to touch CFW, but if that's how you want to play...

Two things, some people seem to think CFW will enable some sort of piracy. It won't. It'll just be a custom version of 3.21 that doesn't lose OtherOS support. Hacking isn't about getting what you didn't pay for, it's about making sure you do get what you did." - George Hotz

He raises a valid point. After all, he's vowed to not enable piracy- rather, he's a supporter of the modding and homebrew community and genuinely cracks consoles for the sake of it.

What're y'all going to do? Update and play online, or hold off and save your Linux support? Do you think Hotz is a cyberspace Robin Hood or just another pirate? Let us know in the comments! [Geohot via Ubergizmo]

Breach Code Thief Arrested at PAX

From Code Theft Arrest to a Hacker's Promise - News Roundup 30th March 2010

The attempted theft of Breach game code from Atomic Games' stall at the Penny Arcade eXpo has ended in an arrest. Apparently, the thief only wanted a copy of the game to play with his friends (rather than corporate espionage), but was subsequently apprehended by Atomic Games and PAX staff.

"This guy had only succeeded in copying about 14MB to his laptop before our staff caught him. Because of the work we do for military and intelligence organizations, we take security issues like this very seriously ... It is fortunate for him that we caught him before any of this ended up on the internet. Many of the hackers who stole Valve's Half-Life 2 code were tracked down by the FBI's Cybercrime Task Force." - Peter Tamte, Atomic Games President

Turns out that crime doesn't pay... but I'm personally more interested in what Atomic Games do for the intelligence services. They spent three years working in top secrecy for the US government developing army training sims- but intelligence organisations? Intriguing. [Joystiq]

Add a comment4 comments
Ichi  Mar. 30, 2010 at 17:29

Poor fool, Steam has had a free beta of Breach that's been going a while now (and will shortly be ending.)

Gunn  Mar. 30, 2010 at 19:30

I'd like to keep the OtherOs option, I wonder why remove it though, there is no viable way to run pirated games on the PS3, if there was and it was via the otherOS then I'd understand.

Jonathan Lester  Mar. 30, 2010 at 21:18

Yeah, it's a crying shame that one of the PS3's unique selling points has to be sacrificed to a knee-jerk corporate reaction.

Unfortunately, both Sony and Microsoft have a history of clamping down hard and fast on perceived threats to both console security and software monopoly. Removing OtherOS is probably the most efficient and cost-effective way to do that.

Matt Gardner  Mar. 30, 2010 at 21:36

EU Directive 1999/44/EC:
The goods must
· comply with the description given by the seller and posses the same qualities and characteristics as other similar goods
· be fit for the purpose which the consumer requires them and which was made known to the seller at the time of purchase.


How very curious indeed....

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