Federal magistrate Joseph Spero has permitted Sony to subpoena the PayPal account of everyone's favourite hacker George Hotz to try and acquire 'documents sufficient to identify the source of funds in California that went into any PayPal account associated with [email protected] for the period of 1st January, 2009, to 1st February, 2011' so they can determine in which state Hotz should be brought to trial. According to Wired, on top of that 'Sony has also won subpoenas for data from YouTube and Google, as well as Twitter account data linked to Hotz, who goes by the handle GeoHot.'
This comes a mere fortnight after Sony was granted the rights to extract the IP addresses of anyone who had visited Hotz's website from January 2009 onwards. Hotz has repeatedly denied receiving donations for his contributions to busting consoles wide open, although he now stands accused of breaching the infamous Digital Millennium Copyright Act, not to mention a few other laws, after his website published an encryption key and software tools that allowed PlayStation owners to take full control of their consoles. Hotz has since complied with the court order and removed the hack, although Sony are still pursuing him for undisclosed damages.
Why the hell no-one's hired him is beyond me. I swear to god that's what shady corporations and government bodies used to do. Maybe.