PS3 Hacker Geohot Hit By Temporary Restraining Order

A US federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order (TPO) against hacker George 'Geohot' Hotz, forcing him to hand over his computers and hard drives and stop distributing tools designed to hack Sony's PlayStation 3 console.

The court order comes after Sony filed a lawsuit against Hotz and 100 other people for distributing tools that allow people to hack the PS3 to run home brew software and pirated games.

The TPO was issued on Thursday by US District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco and underlines a first win for Sony against the hackers.

Hotz's lawyer has declared that they intend to fight the restraining order.

“Needless to say, we're disappointed about the issuance of the TRO, but this doesn't end the question of personal personal jurisdiction of Mr. Hotz, and we still intend to go forward with that motion,” lawyer Stewart Kellar said in a statement to The Register.

“Suffice it to say it is burdensome to my client for him to give up his computers and hard drives for the order.”

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