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Sony Takes Legal Action Against PlayStation 3 Hackers

Sony is to take legal action against the hackers that unearthed and published a PlayStation 3 master key.

The root key allows users to crack the console and run pirated software.

According to BBC News, Sony seeks a restraining order against the hackers, to prevent them from distributing the exploitation method for the console.

Sony has named over one hundred hackers associated with the hacking group known as 'fail0verflow' in its case. The group first announced that it had obtained a master root key last week.

The lawsuit also pointed the finger at iPhone hacker George Hotz, who argues that Sony's argument won't stand in courts.

“I would expect a company that prides itself on intellectual property to be well versed in the provisions of the law, so I am disappointed in Sony's current action. I have spoken with legal counsel and I feel comfortable that Sony's action against me doesn't have any basis,” he told BBC News.