news\ Sep 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Hacker Refuses to Bow under Sony's Pressure


Sony's retaliation against PS3 hackers entered into a physical confrontation last week, with a police raid on Alexander "graf_chokolo" Egorenkov's home by German police. Despite having his computer and other hacking equipment seized, Egorenkov isn't going out quietly. Sony may be suing him for $1,000,000 euros, but Egorenkov hasn't backed down, releasing all his reverse engineering work online and continuing to speak openly about the situation.

"You know, guys, you will say I'm totally crazy now, but I never slept better than in the last 2 days. I don’t know how to explain this feeling but I don’t care about those threats with jail and high money penalties," wrote Egorenkov. "They don’t understand what makes me tick. Money and even my life doesn’t mean to me very much without knowledge."

On the subject of the raid, it seems the loss of equipment is little more than a thorn in his side. "So, SONY, you failed again, you took my equipment but my mind is still free and you cannot control it. You failed again. They are just tools, I can get new ones and will continue my HV reversing and bringing back PS3 Linux, which you took from us. If you want me to stop then you should just kill me because I cannot live without programming, HV and Linux kernel hacking. You know who am I and where I live, so come and get me!"

It seems that Sony may have bit off more than it can chew with this one. Egorenkov is exactly the kind of passionate, rebellious soul I didn't think actually existed in the hacking community. Not only that, but he claims he has all his work in his head, so the police raid was for naught. I have the sneaking suspicion we'll be hearing much more about this in the coming weeks.


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