Sony is definitely making good on their promise to go after those people tweaking with their beloved hardwares. Just this past week, another hacker had his home raided by the authorities, thanks to Sony's lawsuit demanding the seizure of his equipment, and ultimately, a fine of 1 million Euros for penalty.
The hacker is reported to be German Alexander "graf_chokolo" Egorenkov. Despite the court-ordered mandate and demand for him to surrender his PS3-hacking equipment, Alexander chose to defy both the court and Sony.
In a ballsy act of defiance, he then released his reverse-engineering tools, "Hypervisor Bible", online, thereby letting everyone and anyone have a crack at reverse-engineering their PS3 units for free.
Sony's legal representatives thus say:
"The links above are being (mis-) used for offering copyright-infringing files by a hacker called Alexander Egorenkov, alias "Graf Chokolo". Our client has obtained an ex parte injunction by the competent Hamburg District Court (Docket no. 310 O 24/11) relating to content in these very files.
The amount in controversy has been set at 1,000,000 Euros. As per the court order, Mr. Egorenkov's apartment has been searched and the police have seized his equipment into custody. By uploading the file in question, Mr. Egorenkov willingly ignored a judge's order.
With receipt of this notice, you are fully aware of the fact that having Mr. Egorenkov continue his unlawful behavior will qualify as support of a criminal mind and - by court order - unlawful action.
Our client fully intends to vigorously pursue all available legal options to resolve this matter. We will report all file hosters, fora and platforms we have put on notice to the authorities and record continued support of Mr. Egorenkov if necessary."
Here is Egorenkov's official statement on Sony's legal action against him, verbatim:
The SONY's lawyer asked me why I'm doing what I'm doing... because of my hatred for Sony? He cannot understand why I'm doing it, because he is paid for what he does. I'm not. I don't hold a grudge against SONY even now Hatred couds your mind, keeps you from more imoprtant things. I have a better use for my mind and knowledge.
So, SONY you failed again, you took my equipment but my mind is still free and you canot (sic) control it. You failed again. They are just tools, I can get new ones and will continue my HV reversing and bringing back PS3 Linux which you took from us.
If you want me to stop then you should just kill me because I cannot live without programming, HV and Linux kernel hacking You know who am I and where I live, so come and get me!!!!"
Nope, it doesn't look like you'll be getting that million euros ever from this guy, Sony.
Via [PS3 Crunch]