PS3 hacked for good, root-key found

By on January 5, 2011
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The main keys to the console found and exposed to hackers.

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It appears as if Sony’s PlayStation 3 has finally been hacked ”wide open this time”. Hackers have completely torn apart the very few remaining lines of security and defense against running unauthorized code.

Kotaku posted “The PS3 may have just had its front door kicked in”. Hacker George Hotz, known as “Geohot”, famed for cracking the iPhone device creating the infamous Jailbreak. Geohot has found the root-key of the console, decrypted it, and then he published it onto the Internet for everyone to work with, which means he has given the PlayStation 3 keys to the hackers of the world.

Geohot has released a Metdlr key for the console, and he claimed that it can’t be updated, which means he exposed the PlayStation 3 hardware for good this time around. A Jailbreak for the PlayStation 3 was released late last year. The previous hack allowed the console to run pirated games, however the hack was limited and Sony almost killed it with firmware updates.

Geohot stated in a message “No donate link, just use this info wisely. I do not condone piracy” He continued: “If you want your next console to be secure, get in touch with me. Any of you three. It’d be fun to be on the other side.

The main development of this root-key hack means that users and hackers can develop homebrew applications, games, bootloaders and PSP custom like firmware, and pirated games will be easily running without restriction, even a firmware update won’t be able to close the hole.

Until now, Sony still has not issued a statement or responded in regards the latest PlayStation 3 breach issue.


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