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PS3 hacker shares his methodology with Sony

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PS3 hacker George 'Geohot' Hotz was invited to share his methods with Sony engineers, it has been revealed.

Sony took Hotz to court in 2011, after he and a number of other defendants broke through the PS3's security, allowing it to run custom firmware and homebrew software.

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The two parties reached an out of court settlement later on that year, with Hotz consenting to a permanent injunction.

It has since been revealed that Hotz was invited to Sony HQ, as the company attempted to learn how to "better safeguard" the PS3 and "protect customers", reports the New Yorker.

Although expecting to be greeted by numerous Sony lawyers, Hotz was met by engineers, whom he described as "respectful", wanting to know how how he had beaten their systems.

Sony suffered from a number of suspected hacking attempts last year, the biggest of which saw hackers access personal information on some 77m PlayStation Network and Qriocity accounts.

Revealed as the biggest security breach in company history, Sony's PlayStation Network went offline in April after personal details and credit card information was stolen.

Sony said that the hacking scandal was a great learning experience, albeit one that they would not want to encounter again.

Watch Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai's PlayStation Network relaunch video below:

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