Posts Tagged ‘restraining’
PS3 owners will be prompted to update their system to firmware version 3.56 today. Why is that? Hmm, could it possibly have something to do with Sony trying to prevent your from jailbreaking your system? Yes, obviously. (â€œThis is a minor update that adds a security patch.â€) If you update your system say goodbye to being able to hack your PS3 to pieces… for now, at least. And maybe for a good while, too, given that Sony has managed to win a restraining order against Geohot.
Not only has Sony won a temporary restraining order against Geohot, real name George Hotz, and his crew, but it looks like the case will be able to be held in San Francisco, in front of judges who havenâ€™t been too kind to lone coder types before.
The 3.56 update was pushed out within the past few hours, so itâ€™ll be interesting to see if A) it stops jailbreaking for good or B) will merely signify a new game of cat-and-mouse between Sony and the larger jailbreaking community. I seem to remember frequent PSP firmware updates back in the day that were designed to mitigate the effects of custom firmware, but, really, once the system was cracked it was pretty much cracked for good.
And even if you were to jailbreak your PS3, please donâ€™t hop online and ruin everyoneâ€™s good time. Nobody likes a bully.
By now we all know that Sony filed a lawsuit against Geohot and fail0verflow for their distribution of PS3 jailbreak firmware and asked the court for a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop said distribution of the offending code. Well, according to Geohot, the court denied Sony’s motion earlier today, though we’ve been unable to confirm the ruling as the docket doesn’t yet reflect the court’s order. Geohot has reposted the code online, so it seems safe to say that the TRO was shot down and the jailbreak can once again roam the internet unencumbered by any legal decrees. The ruling, while favorable to the defendants, has little effect on the outcome of the litigation itself, so Hotz and company aren’t out of the woods just yet. We’ll keep you posted on the status of the order, and will also watch as the case progresses for the real fireworks to start.