Sony will soon be able to sue hacker's mates

Console maker Sony will soon have the names and emails of all the mates of the hacker who cracked its PS3.

A federal magistrate has allowed Sony to subpoena the PayPal account of PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz.

Sony already has the right to acquire the internet IP addresses of anybody who had visited Hotz’s website since January of 2009 and subpoenas for data from YouTube and Google as well as Twitter account data linked to Hotz.

According to Ars Technica,  Hotz faces charges of breaching the Digital Millennium Copyright Act after he published an encryption key and software tools on his website that allow PlayStation owners to gain complete control of their consoles from the firmware on up.

Following a court order, Hotz has removed the hack from his website.

Sony said that the latest court order will provide help it find out how much dosh Hotz made from his hack. It can also find out who has a copy and charge them too.

What is more important is that it will give the court jurisdiction over the the case. Sony claims Hotz has accepted monetary donations for the hack from people residing in Northern California and therefore he can be tried in San Francisco a proper venue for the litigation. Hotz would prefer New Jersey.

Hotz has denied he accepted donations for the hack. Sony, who has threatened to sue anybody who posts the hacking tools or the encryption key, is seeking unspecified damages from Hotz.