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Judge Allows PS3 Hacker Website Visitors To Be Identified

A US federal judge has awarded Sony the right to demand the IP address of every individual who visited PS3 hacker George Hotz's website in the past year.

The ruling, which is a part of Sony's ongoing battle against PS3 modders or jailbreakers, will also allow Sony to retrieve data from websites like Google, YouTube and Twitter if it wishes to do so in the course of the lawsuit.

The PS3 maker is suing George Hotz for distributing the tools that were used to jailbreak Sony's PS3 gaming console by offering users third party operating systems and home brewed software. Hotz has been accused of breaching the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

According to Wired, Hotz's website is hosted on web hosting firm Bluehost. Sony can demand the company releases information regarding activity related to his website including “all server logs, IP address logs, account information, account access records and application or registration forms.” Sony will also be able to get information regarding the files that were downloaded from the website.

Sony was granted the right to subpoenas after it successfully proved to Magistrate Joseph Spero why it needed the information. One reason was to prove the distribution of the jailbreaking code and the second was to determine where the lawsuit hearings will take place.