In the latest development from the Sony PS3 hacking case, a judge has granted Sony the right to look into George Hotz’s PayPal account records, according to Ars Technica. Sony claims Hotz received donations from people in Northern California to fund his hack, adding evidence to back Sony’s claim that the case should be tried there, instead of in Hotz’s home state of New Jersey.

Hotz and others were served a restraining order from Sony this year after releasing a hack for the PS3 intended to allow users to install other operating systems on their consoles. Sony said this hack enabled players to play pirated games.

Donations have poured in from around the country to help Hotz fight his legal battles, but the order gives Sony the right to look at donations to the PayPal account associated with Hotz’s e-mail account,, between January 2009 and Feb. 1. Hotz denies he accepted donations to make the hack.

Two weeks ago, Magistrate Joseph Spero granted Sony the right to acquire the IP addresses of anyone who visited Hotz’s site. Sony has threatened to sue anyone who posts the hack, and ban anyone caught playing with a hacked console.

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