The hacker who arguably set the ball rolling on events that eventually lead up to the collapse of PSN last week has denied involvement in the breach – but has also taken the time to attack his former legal opponents.
"And, as a onetime victim of identity theft, I feel for everyone who’s data has been stolen," he wrote on his blog. "I’m not going to make cracks at Sony for flipping a shit when their data is compromised, and not even having the decency to apologise when it’s your data that’s misappropriated.
"Running homebrew and exploring security on your devices is cool, hacking into someone else’s server and stealing databases of user info is not cool. You make the hacking community look bad, even if it is aimed at douches like Sony."
Hotz did add, however, that Sony has no-one but itself to blame for recent events.
"Also, let’s not fault the Sony engineers for this, the same way I do not fault the engineers who designed the BMG rootlet," he claims. "The fault lies with the executives who declared a war on hackers, laughed at the idea of people penetrating the fortress that once was Sony, whined incessantly about piracy, and kept hiring more lawyers when they really needed to hire good security experts.
"Alienating the hacker community is not a good idea.
"Now until more information is revealed on the technicals, I can only speculate, but I bet Sony’s arrogance and misunderstanding of ownership put them in this position. Sony execs probably haughtily chuckled at the idea of threat modelling."
"Sony needs to accept that they no longer own and control the PS3 when they sell it to you. Notice it’s only PSN that gave away all your personal data, not Xbox Live when the 360 was hacked, not iTunes when the iPhone was jailbroken, and not GMail when Android was rooted. Because other companies aren’t crazy."
He also had a closing message for whomever was behind the PSN attack.
"To the perpetrator, two things. You are clearly talented and will have plenty of money(or a jail sentence and bankruptcy) coming to you in the future. Don’t be a dick and sell people’s information."