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Geohot In South America Enjoying Spring Break, Says He Didn’t Used Donations For Trip

by Ernice Gilbert on March 24th, 2011, under Hot, News, PS3, Sony

George (geohot) Hotz is still in South America, but contrary to popular notion that he headed south to evade a court order forcing him to turn over his tools and hard drives over to a neutral party for inspection, the notorious hacker’s actually living la vida loca down south.

At least that’s what he said.

“Apparently, I have fled the country. ROFL.” he laughed

“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. Rest assured that not a dime of legal defense money would ever go toward something like this.

And of course Townsend loves the idea of painting me as an international fugitive. I have been in contact with my lawyers almost every day; I would not let the case suffer. That said, I also won’t let this ridiculous lawsuit run my life either. Then the fearmongerers win.”

As if his statement wasn’t enough, he added: “I will be back, I hear it’s hard to come by the Xperia Play down here.”

Meanwhile, speaking to IGN, Hotz lawyers shot back at Sony, claiming their defendant didn’t run from anything, he did not refuse to turn over his hard drives, and that Hotz didn’t pick this fight with Sony.

“The ‘integral components’ SCEA is talking about are stock controller cards, not the hard drives themselves,” Attorney Stewart Kellar told the site. “Those controller cards have since been provided to the neutral so the point is moot.”

“Litigating against a massive company like Sony, who is represented by five attorneys, is very costly for a 21-year-old,” he added. “The donation money George has received is being used exclusively for his legal defense. If there are any funds left after the lawsuit, George is planning to donate the money to the [Electronic Frontier Foundation].”

“You can never take a vacation from a lawsuit. Mr. Hotz has had to make himself available 24/7 for this litigation, which has been quite demanding on him.

You have to remember that Mr. Hotz didn’t choose to fight this battle, but now that he has been sued, he has put his heart into fighting this case that has enormous implications for consumers world-wide.”

And the wild trip continues. More as it happens.


  1. Fri, 25th Mar 2011 at 3:28 am

    well, you cant exactly cancel a holiday just because your being sued.
    gotta love that LG shirt though, a good jab in the face to sony!
    wonder when the xperia play hack will be coming out…….

  2. Fri, 25th Mar 2011 at 7:11 am

    Shut up, Nick. lol

  3. Fri, 25th Mar 2011 at 9:32 am

    come on, you cant say its not funny.
    sony are so desperate!

  4. Fri, 25th Mar 2011 at 10:07 am

    They’re not desperate. Geohot, on the other hand, is in a world of trouble.. I don’t care how hard he tries to fake it.

  5. Fri, 25th Mar 2011 at 10:27 am

    the LG on his shirt does not stand for the company. He is wearing a sports jersey, and that is what it stands for. it just so happens that it is a LG.

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