Kevin Butler Accidentally Retweets PS3 Jailbreak Code to Thousands of Followers

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Kevin Butler Accidentally Retweets PS3 Jailbreak Code to Thousands of Followers

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A quip about battleships has turned into an embarrassing blunder for Sony.

Sony's spokesperson and VP of Fictional Advocacy, Kevin Butler, unwittingly helped to spread the now-infamous PS3 root key by retweeting it on Twitter. Sony is busy trying to prevent people from getting hold of the key, so not only is this slip-up embarrassing for Sony, it's also potentially undone a lot of its hard work.

[Update: It was actually the code for the USB Jailbreak device from last year, and not the root key as previously mentioned. So, still an embarrassing slip-up for Sony, but as it has already dealt with that particular vulnerability, the code wasn't as damaging as the root key would have been.]

Linux and Mac enthusiast Travis La Marr tweeted the code at Butler, and signed off with the meme-tastic "come at me @TheKevinButler." Whoever manages the Kevin Butler Twitter account didn't realize the significance of the long string of letters and numbers, and retweeted it, adding the remark, "Lemme guess ... You sank my Battleship?" Clearly, someone figured out what was going on, because the tweet has since been removed, but for a short time, the code was up for everyone and anyone to see.

La Marr said that his tweet was meant to show his disdain for the way that Sony was handling the situation with the security breach, adding that he didn't actually own a PS3. Since the release of the code in January, Sony has sued George Hotz and the hacker group Fail0verflow, and issued DMCA takedown notices to at least one site handling custom PS3 firmware. Sony was recently awarded a restraining order against Hotz, and is attempting to subpoena records from YouTube and Twitter containing the personal details of the people it holds responsible for releasing the code, and anyone who has watched any videos associated with it.

Source: Engadget

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Kevin Butler: "...Shit."

This is funny on so many levels.

...lol I sure got a kick out of that one.

Wow.

Kevin Butler, VP of fucki*g up for brief periods of time.

That's the USB dongle code, not the jailbreak code, just so you know.

Well, that certainly was a huge mistake on his part. You'd think he'd recognize or be able to infer what it is... so why did he ReTweet it?

Well, it was nice while it lasted, Kevin, but everyone needs to fuck up atleast once.

Don't worry too much about it though; everyone's first time is painful.

Ha! I wonder who manages his Twitter account. Probably his hair stylist.

I would have loved to have seen his face.

Logan Westbrook:
And is attempting to subpoena records from YouTube and Twitter containing the personal details of the people it holds responsible for releasing the code, and anyone who has watched any videos associated with it.

Good luck trying to sue people who watched the video for their mere entertainment. I cannot believe Sony anymore. They really are ruining their own image.

Screw them.

Logan Westbrook:
And is attempting to subpoena records from YouTube and Twitter containing the personal details of the people it holds responsible for releasing the code, and anyone who has watched any videos associated with it.

Well, looks like Sony wants to arrest me for seeing what a PS3 can do when not restricted by them. See you guys in 5-10.

Straying Bullet:

Good luck trying to sue people who watched the video for their mere entertainment. I cannot believe Sony anymore. They really are ruining their own image.

Screw them.

My sentiments exactly.

OT: This is a fail so epic, it just might be a win. XD

One hell of a sunk battleship there.

Straying Bullet:

Logan Westbrook:
And is attempting to subpoena records from YouTube and Twitter containing the personal details of the people it holds responsible for releasing the code, and anyone who has watched any videos associated with it.

Good luck trying to sue people who watched the video for their mere entertainment. I cannot believe Sony anymore. They really are ruining their own image.

Screw them.

Since when was it a crime to watch a video? (other than child porn, obv) They would need a hell of a strong legal case to breach data protection and privacy laws

Sony has an obligation to its shareholders and business partners to employ its legal machine but as right as they are to do so, they are not getting any positive reputation for it. Now if this code could SOMEHOW spread to a large enough number pf people to become unstoppable, Sony would not need to crush the lives of the hackers and would not need to acquire the reputation of soul crushing evil corporation... Just a theory.

Wow, guess who won't be showing their face in the office anymore.

That is friggin HILARIOUS!!!!!

More proof that Sony are a bunch of morons.

ROFLMAO!!!

...and anyone who has watched any videos associated with it?

How do they propose to fit the whole youtube viewing community into a court room? Then to what ends? Make every one of them pay ridiculous fees for watching youtube videos? haha.

I love my ps3 but I think Sony is losing me as a customer for taking this route.

Just goes to show you, if you act all obnoxious on your adverts, eventually you retweet the code to destroy the thing you are advertising. I'll be interested to see how they come back from this.

ROOTminus1:

Straying Bullet:

Logan Westbrook:
And is attempting to subpoena records from YouTube and Twitter containing the personal details of the people it holds responsible for releasing the code, and anyone who has watched any videos associated with it.

Good luck trying to sue people who watched the video for their mere entertainment. I cannot believe Sony anymore. They really are ruining their own image.

Screw them.

Since when was it a crime to watch a video? (other than child porn, obv) They would need a hell of a strong legal case to breach data protection and privacy laws

"We're fighting INTERNET PIRATES" is enough of a legal case to get a judge who admitted the whole thing was out of his jurisdiction to allow them to steal the computer of a guy only tangentially related to their latest security failure. And it is also enough to get half the Escapist cheering for them for doing it.

Also, how the fuck am I supposed to handle this captcha?
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Alpha numeric characters only you cheating bastards!

I wish I was important enough to have other people manage my twitter account, even if theyre incompetent.

Asehujiko:
Also, how the fuck am I supposed to handle this captcha?
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Alpha numeric characters only you cheating bastards!

Greece has taken over captcha! The plan is almost complete... Nothing can stop us now!

wait, you're saying Kevin Butler isnt an infallible man-god? NO this article is a lie!

He sank his battleship alright.

Asehujiko:

Also, how the fuck am I supposed to handle this captcha?
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Alpha numeric characters only you cheating bastards!

Nice one ^^ made me laugh.

OMG the Butler did it .....

Always wanted to say that as a joke >;)

Asehujiko:

Also, how the fuck am I supposed to handle this captcha?
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Alpha numeric characters only you cheating bastards!

Protip: reCAPTCHA only gives a shit about one of the two words; the more legible one. You can literally fill that second word with whatever the hell you want, and it will go through.

In this example, you could have put something like "udinglop rainbowcake" or "udinglop kevenspacey" and it would have worked.

thats sooooo good "let me guess you sunk my battle ship" thats a good comment. even more funny how in a way it did sink there battleship(ps3)

Asehujiko:

Also, how the fuck am I supposed to handle this captcha?
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Alpha numeric characters only you cheating bastards!

I had one yesterday that consisted of several mathematical symbols, (ie greek letters), which I can't type. You would have thought that it would know that before it generated something impossible

How does that even happen??

Bwahahahahaha. Oh Sony, you stupid bastards. You're really not doing yourselves any favours with this "sue everyone" response.

Next, Sony needs to sue Twitter.

And everyone that follows Kevin Butler.

Sony really needs to calm the hell down, you can't sue people for simply watching something you don't like. That's not only an insane concept but it's also infringing on people's basic rights.

3nimac:
Now if this code could SOMEHOW spread to a large enough number pf people to become unstoppable

BS like this almost makes one want to do that actually, just start spitting out the code everywhere just to give Sony the middle finger over all this.

Meh, I'll be honest, this is par for the course when it comes to company schenanigans.

People, PLEASE don't tell me you think Sony is the only one doing this. Every company is up in arms when it comes to piracy.

This console bias is kinda embarassing.

Hahahha, self burn, those are always the sweetest :D

Zagzag:
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When it comes to Recaptcha, only one word is verified. It'll be the word that is one consistent font, at least five letters, and is not an actual word. It'll just be a mix of gibberish. The other word is inconsequential, and you can type in anything you very well please.

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