Hackers Strike Again, PlayStation 3 Piracy Made Easy
Posted on Tuesday, October 23 @ 12:56:26 PST by Alex_Osborn
It never ends for poor old Sony. The company has had its fair share of run-ins with hackers in the past, all of which didn't end very well—PSN outage anyone? Well, just when we all thought they were finally in the clear, a group known as "The Three Musketeers" has taken it upon itself to make things even more difficult for Sony.
The group allegedly discovered the LV0 decription keys (which makes hacking and thus piracy much easier), but opted out of releasing them to the public right away. During that time, however, the keys were leaked and a Chinese hacking group released "BlueDiskCFW" (a custom firmware) in hopes of making a sizeable profit. Naturally, this upset "The Three Musketeers" who then proceeded to release the LV0 keys publicly, and since that time a free CFW (custom firmware) that takes advantage of the keys has been released.
The team of hackers released the following announcement:
As this was a group effort, we wouldn’t normally have lost a word about it ever, but as we’re done with PS3 now anyways, we think it doesn’t matter anymore. Congratulations to the guy that leaked stuff, you, sir, are a 1337 haxx0r, jk, you’re an asshole.So what does this all mean? Basically, the PlayStation 3 now has a major hole in it that a simple firmware update won't be able to fix. As such, there's a good chance we'll see plenty more instances of piracy on the console. To clarify, it doesn't appear that the PlayStation Network has been compromised, but we can't say for sure one way or the other. We'll be sure to update you if/when Sony provides more information on the issue.
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