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Sony Claims Hacker GeoHot Is Dodging Court In South America

by Bryan Vore on Mar 23, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Famed PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz (a.k.a. GeoHot) has apparently left his home state of New Jersey for more temperate climates in South America. In a recent court filing on Sony's behalf as part of a case against Hotz, the company levels several complaints in his direction including a delay of the proceedings.

A court document acquired by VGHQ reads in part: “After Magistrate Judge Spero ordered an inspection of Hotz’s devices and ordered Hotz to appear at a deposition in California, SCEA learned that Hotz had deliberately removed integral components of his impounded hard drives prior to delivering them to a third party neutral and that Hotz is now in South America, an excuse for why he will not immediately provide the components of his hard drives as requested."

In addition to complaints about not supplying certain PS3 components, Sony refutes Hotz's claims that he never created a PSN account and therefore never agreed to the end user license agreement. He provided the serial numbers for his PS3s and Sony has attempted to tie the account "blickmaniac" on one of them to Hotz using the IP address and the fact that the name turns up in relation to phone hacking on web searches.