PS3 Hacker 'graf_chokolo' Defiant After Raid, Promises to Soldier On

February 25, 2011 -

Earlier this week PS3 hacker Alexander "graf_chokolo" Egorenkov found himself waking up to a raid. Sony, along with local German law enforcement, seized his computer equipment. Many doubted that the raid was real, but it turned out to be true. Now we are learning that Sony is seeking 1,000,000 euros in damages from Egorenkov for his PS3 hacking work. Today Egorenkov issued a defiant and lengthy message saying that he did not care if Sony doubled the amount of damages - he would continue his work undeterred. He also added that they would have to kill him to make him stop his work and that he planned to put all of his development files back online.

On a related note, a letter from Peter Ruess of the Dusseldorf, Germany-based law firm Arnold Ruess warns the operator(s) of dukio.com, ps3crunch.com, and grafchokolo.com/ps3-development, that legal action may be in the future if the sites continue to host Egorenkov's files ("coolstuff.rar"). In the same legal notice (PDF), Ruess mentions all the laws Egorenkov is breaking and that Sony is seeking one million Euros in damages..

Below is the statement from Egorenkov's web site:

"Back I don’t have a PC at home now guys, so i will post here only when i’m able. I will try to answer all your questions about HV and installing Linux. But expect some delays because as i said i don’t have access to the Internet all the time. You know guys, you will say i’m totally crazy now, but i never slept better than in the last 2 days I don’t know how to explain this feeling but i don’t care about those threats with jail and high money penalties, btw, SONY wants about 750.000 euros from me if i don’t cooperate They don’t know me at all I don’t care about it and they might double it The higher is the sum the higher gets my motivation They don’t understand what makes me tick. Money and even my life doesn’t mean to me very much without knowledge. I have a scientific mind and the knowledge is food to my brain. Without HV, Linux and FreeBSD kernel hacking my life is meaningless.

I miss my HV terribly In the last 2 days i got so “hungry” for more knowledge that i cannot control it anymore. I need knowledge and research, it has a huge meaning in my life. Jail or even death cannot hold it back anymore.

The SONY’s laywer asked me why i’m doing what i’m doing, because of my hatred for SONY ? He cannot understand why i’m doing it, because he is paid for what he does. I’m not. I don’t hold a grudge against SONY even now Hatred clouds your mind, keeps you from more important things. I have a better use for my mind and knowledge

So, SONY you failed again, you took my equipment but my mind is still free and you canot control it. You failed again. They are just tools, i can get new ones and will continue my HV reversing and bringing back PS3 Linux which you took from us. If you want me to stop then you should just kill me because i cannot live without programming, HV and Linux kernel hacking You know who am i and where i live, so come and get me !!!

And to prove it, i will reopen right now my HV reverse engineering page And i will post my latest findings about Update Manager and BD drive here. Most of you know already that i was able to update CORE OS from Linux. And on the last weekend i tries to hel some PS3 devs with BD drive authentication and discovered some interesting stuff about it which i will post here.

And please guys, could someone post here a link to the latest version of my cloned Linux kernel. I need it. The last week i implemnted a updater for Linux and it was finished but the police got first before i could upload it. But do not fear, i have everything in my head I can write it down again and show you how it works."

Source: PSX-Scene, PS3Crunch


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Re: PS3 Hacker 'graf_chokolo' Defiant After Raid, Promises ...

"... free flow of information is the only safeguard against tyranny. The once-chained people whose leaders at last lose their grip on information flow will soon burst with freedom and vitality, but the free nation gradually constricting its grip on public discourse has begun its rapid slide into despotism. Beware of he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself your master."

~Cid Meier's Alpha Centauri

Re: PS3 Hacker 'graf_chokolo' Defiant After Raid, Promises ...

Pretty much, thus why I side with non profiting pirates more than IP owners. To many things can be made limited to do owning it, words, lights, sound. I can clearly see that a balance can be struck and it falls on exclusive profit and for free un profit distribution based of if within the distribution chain no profit is made of the IP items or linking to those items.


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Re: PS3 Hacker 'graf_chokolo' Defiant After Raid, Promises ...

If he's so hungry for knowledge, there's other, legal ways to go about it. The library, for one. Or Wikipedia. Or freaking Google. Or he could build his own damn system if he thinks he's so smart.

"Power means nothing without honor and pride."

Re: PS3 Hacker 'graf_chokolo' Defiant After Raid, Promises ...

STFU Grif. People should own the things they buy. The issue here is physical private property, which is more fundamental than intellectual property.

Re: PS3 Hacker 'graf_chokolo' Defiant After Raid, Promises ...

Technicaly you OWN the things you buy. If I buy a game console, computer, TV etc. etc. etc. it's mine and mine only. But that's where owner's rights stops, you own the hardware but the software belongs to the company whether you like it or not. Problem is that Hackers shield themselves under the argument that just because they purchased the equipment they have the right to do whatever they want with it including accessing the software and altering it to their liking. Just because you own the hardware you are not entitled to tamper with the software that is inside of that hardware. If you buy a car and you tamper with the vehicle's computer without the manufacturer's authorization the company has the right to pursue legal action or void your warranty.

I hate Intellectual property as much as the next guy but unlike you and the hoarde of hackers who think like you I do not let my hatred cloud my judgement and shield myself under some sort of pretext that can only be comprehended by me and those who think like me. Like a criminal who commits a crime and claims he is innocent even with the evidence against him is beyond any doubt. But if that point of view simly makes you feel better inside you are free to believe whatever you want.

Re: PS3 Hacker 'graf_chokolo' Defiant After Raid, Promises ...

No that's factually wrong. We bought both the software AND the hardware, we shouldn't be legally prohibited from modifying either one because of our inalienable rights of liberty and property.

Re: PS3 Hacker 'graf_chokolo' Defiant After Raid, Promises ...

graf_chokolo is a hero - he's laughing in the face of danger and harm to himself because of his ideals - that is a true hero and shows courage. we should all support him after all this is big business thinking it is more important than people and our right to 'know' and our right to use what we purchase legitimately however we choose (we did buy it and now we do own it, right sony?).

computers and hacking are tools/devices of empowerment. if all these companies are freaking out over the fact that these devices are empowering us to be more free to share knowledge and use that knowledge, they should have never let us have them to begin with. can't put the genie back in the bottle Sony, now that we the people have had a taste of empowerment, nothing else will do.

Sony is the old guard. they want things to stay the same because they benefit when we are all powerless but the internet and computers shatter their world view and it scares them quite badly so their first reaction is to shoot first and never ask questions. this is exactly what's wrong with tech today-  the consumer is thought of as an obstacle, an enemy or a puzzle that once figured out and manipulated properly, dispenses tons of money. it's despicable.

it is a power struggle between these companies and their own customers, it will not end well for them as long as the internet remains a place to freely express ideas and knowledge and a tool of empowerment -many gov'ts want to take that power away from us including the US, let's hope they never succeed.

we need "free graf!" T-shirts :)

 

Re: PS3 Hacker 'graf_chokolo' Defiant After Raid, Promises ...

You're right. I don't even own a PS3, but you're right anyway.

Re: PS3 Hacker 'graf_chokolo' Defiant After Raid, Promises ...

he's laughing in the face of danger and harm to himself because of his ideals - that is a true hero and shows courage

 

I don't think heroism is described in such a way. Your definition could also cover madness.

Also, the view is not absolute. Luke Skywalker could be desribed as a hero or a terrorist.

Re: PS3 Hacker 'graf_chokolo' Defiant After Raid, Promises ...

Foolish and brave. What's the difference?

A brave man is one who does something foolish for a cause I believe in.

Re: PS3 Hacker 'graf_chokolo' Defiant After Raid, Promises ...

Doing something foolish doesn't mean you're brave, just stupid. He is showing courage but not bravery.

Re: PS3 Hacker 'graf_chokolo' Defiant After Raid, Promises ...

The difference usually depends on the outcome ;)

If he wins, he's a genius, if he loses, he's screwed.

Re: PS3 Hacker 'graf_chokolo' Defiant After Raid, Promises ...

I think fear defines it best, to have some fear yet be courageous is a sign of heroism to be fearless is to be insane if not hedonistic.


I have a dream, break the chains of copy right oppression! http://zippydsmlee.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/cigital-disobedience/


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

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Re: PS3 Hacker 'graf_chokolo' Defiant After Raid, Promises ...

Its a fine line madness,stupidity and heroisim. If anything 'graf_chokolo'is just sent their PR train back at them. And I hope he makes them spend milloins to try and defeat him.


I have a dream, break the chains of copy right oppression! http://zippydsmlee.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/cigital-disobedience/


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

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Re: PS3 Hacker 'graf_chokolo' Defiant After Raid, Promises ...

I understand taking his PS3 and computer, but the TV too? That sounds more like harassment than anything else.

Re: PS3 Hacker 'graf_chokolo' Defiant After Raid, Promises ...

Well, that's what he gets for buying an Olevia.. ;)

 
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