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Report: Geohot Flees To South America [UPDATE]

Jonathan Lester
Games news, Geohot, Hackers, lawsuit, Sony, South America

Hacker Bails To Avoid Hard Drive Seizure

Report: Geohot Flees To South America [UPDATE]

The lawsuit between Sony and PS3 celebrity hacker Geohot has taken an interesting turn. According to new court documents provided by the hardware giant, George Hotz has fled to South America in order to avoid a court-ordered seizure of his hard drives.

He couldn't look more guilty if he tried.

Update: Apparently he's just taking a holiday that was paid for months in advance, and will soon return refreshed and reinvigorated to take on Sony's suit. Thanks ODB.

New paperwork filed by Sony state that George Hotz (aka Geohot) has gone to ground in South America after a Californian judge ordered him to turn over his hard drives for investigation. Here's the full skinny:

After Magistrate Judge Spero ordered an inspection of Hotz’s devices and ordered Hotz to appear at a deposition in California, SCEA learned that Hotz had deliberately removed integral components of his impounded hard drives prior to delivering them to a third party neutral and that Hotz is now in South America, an excuse for why he will not immediately provide the components of his hard drives as requested by the neutral.

Hotz’s attempts to dodge this Court’s authority raise very serious questions.

They certainly do. Despite a deeply terrible rap, Hotz has managed to attract a loyal following of sympathisers who will wonder whether their trust has been seriously misplaced. Just what is on those hard drives? We assume that they're probably at the bottom of the River Amazon by now.

Sony has also reportedly found evidence that George lied about not signing up to a PSN account, meaning that he could be legally bound by the Sony terms of service after all. This is not looking good for the inestimable Mr Hotz.

Naturally we'll keep you posted with the latest on this increasingly bizarre situation. [VGHQ]

Add a comment9 comments
george  Mar. 23, 2011 at 17:10

of course he's gonna do a runner, he isn't gonna let them seize his hard drives so they can plant shit on it and send him down for a long time

Samus  Mar. 23, 2011 at 17:10

Maybe there was donkey porn on there...

Gunn  Mar. 23, 2011 at 19:29

Surely they can fix the drives? unless he literally removed the discs. You'd think he just wipe the lot and be done with it.

Jonathan Lester  Mar. 23, 2011 at 21:22

I wonder if there's a particularly good data destruction expert down South America way. One who wouldn't balk at hard drives involved in ongoing litigation.

Stee  Mar. 24, 2011 at 00:56

It's a false story spread in an attempt to direct traffic to a new games news company website.

Unsurprisingly, several mainstream news site have decided to accept this unreptuble source and posted this article too

Jonathan Lester  Mar. 24, 2011 at 01:27

Erm, no it isn't. That quote comes from court documents on Justia.com, not some ratty scraper site. There may or may not be an element of exaggeration involved (I suspect that it was just a visit to South America rather than a full-blown emigration), but it's certainly not a hoax.

ODB  Mar. 24, 2011 at 10:30



Jonathan Lester  Mar. 24, 2011 at 10:48

Confirmed, surely? He's admitted to being there, but hey, I suppose there's nothing like a holiday to relax during a stressful civil suit.

ODB  Mar. 24, 2011 at 14:20

Confirmed he is there but denied he's 'fleeing'. TBH if I'd paid for a holiday I'd go no matter what...no way I'd lose me deposit! LOL

We'll soon see though, I'm sure Sony will dig up if his story is true or not...cant blame him if he's gone there to destroy the evidence though

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