|German 'jailbreak hacker' runs out of money, expects sentence|
|Posted: 22.06.2011 13:02 by Simon Priest||Comments: 3|
Alexander 'Graf Chokolo' Egorenkov is being sued by Sony for 1 million Euros for his work on 'jailbreaking' the PlayStation 3 to support the Linux OS.
The 'Other OS' feature was pulled by Sony with firmware citing 'security reasons'. He believes he's "probably" going to jail as he "cannot pay court costs."
"No money left any more," wrote Alexander Egorenkov on his website. Sony claim his work to get Linux re-supported unofficially by circumventing official firmware led to software piracy as people tweaked his jailbreak code.
"Going to jail soon probably because I cannot pay court costs. But I'm ready to stand up for everything I said and go to jail for that, too," he said.
"It's not important to win, more important is to show them that we are ready to fight, that they cannot scare me off that easily. Yeah, I'm ready to go to jail for my beliefs and my principles." The hacker’s website asks for donations to keep battling Sony.
"Guys, I never wanted to take money from anybody for my work," he wrote. "And I always shared my work and code with PS3 developers and community. Recently I was working on bringing Linux to PS3 back, as you all know, unfortunately SONY managed to stop me."
Egorenkov won't stop even if he goes to jail. "Most of people probably think that all computer and kernel hackers are weak kids, hiding in a cellar, eating pizza whole day, writing software and looking for attention," he said.
"Maybe, but that's NOT me. And I will get out eventually and continue my work. My work means very much to me." While at one time public sympathy may have given him an edge - being the 'underdog' - recent hacks have soured opinion.
George 'Geohot' Hotz is the most prominent hacker regarding Sony and its PlayStation 3 console, although Anonymous has done far greater damage since then.