Sony blocks CEO email petition over hacker harassment

The war between freeware developers and Sony rumbles on, as a campaign by Defectivebydesign to petition Sony’s CEO has been blocked by the Playstation 3 manufacturer.

Sony has been taking a very dim view of anyone who attempts to interfere with the workings of its PS3 console, with George Hotz (geohot) and Graf Chokolo, operator of the PS3 Hypervisor Reverse Engineering blog, reportedly being harassed for their attempts to distribute information that allows Sony customers to run free software, along with legions of others being sued.

According to reports, Chokolo recently had his house raided, posting this message on TorrentFreak to ensure that his work is freely available:

“Guys, I don’t joke, it’s serious. And to prove it, I kept my word and uploaded all my HV [hypervisor] reversing stuff. Upload it everywhere so Sony [can’t] remove it easily. Grab it guys, it contains lots of knowledge about HV and HV procs,” Chokolo wrote, as well as publishing links for access to the material.

Subsequently Defectivebydesign started a campaign to show support for members of the community which it was felt were being unduly harassed by Sony.

This primarily involved emailing the firm’s head honcho, Sir Howard Stringer, at

However, it appears that Mr Stringer soon became tired of receiving a deluge of emails and the address was promptly disabled, showing that Sony is in no mood for negotiation over the matter.

There are rumours floating around that Sony is working on an impenetrable system that will thwart anyone attempting to tinker under its hood, having attempted to stem the tide of piracy following the distribution of its root key.

All of which is in stark contrast to competitor Microsoft which has essentially given the go ahead for customers to pretty much do what the heck they like with its Kinect. Though that itself was a U-turn from its original position.