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Accused PS3 hacker reacts to Sony, says he’s on spring break

In court documents yesterday, Sony said that accused PS3 hacker George Hotz had “conveniently traveled to South America,” and that he was attempting to “dodge” court authority by leaving the country and refusing to turn over key components of his hard drives.

In response, Hotz has said he’s just on spring break.

Hotz wrote in his blog, “Factually, it’s true I’m in South America, on a vacation I’ve had planned and paid for since November. I mean, it is Spring break; hacking isn’t my life.”

He assured his blog readers that he did not spend any money from his legal defense fund on the trip.

Meanwhile, Hotz’s attorney, Stewart Kellar, said that Sony now has the “integral parts” of the hard drives it reported missing, and that they weren’t so integral after all.

Kellar told IGN, “The ‘integral components’ SCEA is talking about are stock controller cards, not the hard drives themselves. The neutral subsequently had to explain to SCEA the form and function of hard drive controller cards. Those controller cards have since been provided to the neutral so the point is moot.”

The company also accused Hotz of lying under oath about having a Playstation Network account, but neither Hotz nor Kellar has issued a statement addressing those accusations.

Related stories:

Sony says PS3 hacker lied under oath, has fled to South America

Sony gets permission to look at hacker’s PayPal account

Judge says Sony can see visitors to hacker’s site

Court approves Sony’s restraining order against George Hotz

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.


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