Uh-oh! Sony can get the details of Playstation 3 hackers
Sony, a notoriously kind and altruistic company, have been given permission to obtain details of people who downloaded files needed to hack into their PlayStation 3.
A judge in San Francisco, who will probably have half of 4chan after him by the end of the week, granted Sony a subpoena that allows the electronics behemoth to see a list of IP addresses of people who downloaded software from the hacker Geohot.
Sony are suing Mr Hotz who is Geohot claiming that his hacks breach copyright, while Hotz is saying that he wasn't actually trying to help pirates, but rather, that he was championing the 'home brew' community (people who write their own software for PS3).
Court documents, obtained by Wired, show that the company successfully petitioned to obtain IP addresses from the web-hosting company Bluehost.
"SCEA [Sony Computer Entertainment America] needs to determine how rampant the access to and use of these circumvention devices has been in California in order to rebut Mr Hotz's suggestion that his illicit conduct was not aimed at the forum state," the document reads.
Only time will tell whether Sony can be bothered to trace everyone who hacked their PS3s and mount legal action against them. Chances are they'll use the information to try and shaft Hotz. Either way, there's a chance that they've got your address now, Mr Hacker.