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PS3 hacker: I'm probably going to jail soon

German OtherOS jailbreaker can't pay court costs, expects prison

A German PlayStation 3 hacker is expecting a jail sentence after running out of money to pay court costs.


Alexander Egorenkov, known as 'Graf_Chokolo' on the internet, was targeting by Sony after hacking the PS3 last year in an attempt to restore OtherOS to the system.

Egorenkov was subsequently sued by Sony and forced to take all material relating to the hack down from his site, which has since been replaced by a donations page to help pay for a court battle with the platform holder.

It seems though that funds have run out for Graf_Chokolo and he is expecting to be sentenced to prison. He told his supporters on his own site this week:

"Hi guys, no money left anymore. Going to jail soon probably because i cannot pay court costs.

"But I'm ready to stand up for everything i said and go to jail for that too. It's not important to win, more important is to show them that we are ready to fight, that they cannot scare me off easily. Yeah, I'm ready to go to jail for my [beliefs] and my principles.

"Most of people probably think that all computer and kernel hackers are weak kids, hiding in a cellar, eating pizza whole day, writing software and looking for attention. Maybe, but that's NOT me. And I will get out eventually and continue my work. My work means very much to me."

Of course, the case hasn't yet come to a conclusion, but Egorenkov isn't the only one in potentially hot water.

UK national newspapers named 19-year-old Ryan Cleary as the arrested party in connection with LulzSec's widespread digital attacks yesterday.