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Geohot: Call of Duty hacks not my fault

"I have never played PS3 online ever."

George "Geohot" Hotz, currently being sued by Sony for cracking the PlayStation 3's security wide open, has denied his actions have led to hacks ruining first-person shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

In January developer Infinity Ward blamed Sony and the PS3's compromised security for the Modern Warfare 2 hacks that are blighting the game.

"Sony has recently acknowledged a breach in security on the PS3 which resulted in games to become exposed to exploits and hacks," Robert Bowling, aka fourzerotwo, said.

"Modern Warfare 2 is no exception to this security exploit and we understand that some of you have experienced problems with stats and other issues associated with this."

In an update on Hotz's website, in which he called for donations to help pay for lawyers in his increasingly bitter legal battle against Sony, the US hacker denied the accusation.

"No, I'm not," he said in response to his own question: "Donate to help you, you're the reason I can't play Modern Warfare now..."

"I have never played PS3 online ever. Frankly I'm amazed by the apparent ease with which these cheats were created, security 101, why is the security in the client anyway?

"I had no idea this would happen, and am in full support of the cheaters being permabanned from PSN."

Sony is in the process of banning the PSN accounts of those it suspects of hacking their PS3s.

"By identifying PlayStation 3 systems that breach our guidelines and terminating their ability to connect to PlayStation Network, we are protecting our business and preserving the honest gameplay experiences that you expect and deserve," Sony said.

"Rest assured, this message does not apply to the overwhelming majority of our users who enjoy the world of entertainment PlayStation 3 has to offer without breaching the guidelines detailed above, and we urge you to continue doing so without fear."