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    PlayStation 3 'hacked' by iPhone cracker

    PlayStation 3 'hacked' by iPhone cracker



    By Jonathan Fildes
    Technology reporter, BBC News


    The hack involves hardware and software

    A US hacker who gained notoriety for unlocking Apple's iPhone as a teenager has told BBC News that he has now hacked Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3).

    George Hotz said the hack, which could allow people to run pirated games or homemade software, took him five weeks.

    He said he was still refining the technique but intended to post full details online soon.

    The PS3 is the only games console that has not been hacked, despite being on the market for three years.

    "It's supposed to be unhackable - but nothing is unhackable," Mr Hotz told BBC News.

    "I can now do whatever I want with the system. It's like I've got an awesome new power - I'm just not sure how to wield it."

    Sony said it was "investigating the report" and would "clarify the situation" when it had more information.

    'Open curiosity'

    Mr Hotz said that he had begun the hack last summer when he had spent three weeks analysing the hardware.

    After a long break, he spent a further two weeks cracking the console, which he described as a "very secure system".

    He said that he was not yet ready to reveal the full details of the hack but said that it was "5% hardware and 95% software".
    The hack could allow gamers to play pirated games

    "You can use hardware to inject an insecurity and then you can build on that," he said.

    He admitted that he had not managed to hack the whole system, including the protected memory, but had worked out ways to trick the console into doing what he wanted.

    Mr Hotz said that he was continuing to work on the hack and, once finished, would publish details online in a similar way to his previous iPhone exploits.

    In particular, he said, he would publish details of the console's "root key", a master code that once known would make it easier for others to decipher and hack other security features on the console.

    He said his motivation was "curiosity" and "opening up the platform".

    "To tell you the truth, I've never really played a PS3," he said. "I have one game, but I've never really played it."

    Opening the system could allow people to install other operating systems on their console and play homemade games, he said.

    In addition, he said, the hack would allow people to play older PS2 games on their consoles.

    Recent versions of the PS3 do not have the ability to play PS2 games after Sony controversially removed a piece of hardware.

    He admitted that it could also allow people to run pirated games.

    "I'm not going to personally have anything to do with that," he told BBC News.
    Gaming firms do not take the issue of game piracy and console modification lightly.

    Recently, Microsoft disconnected thousands of gamers from its online gaming service Xbox Live for modifying their consoles to play pirated games.

    Mr Hotz said that the nature of his PS3 hack means that Sony may have difficulty patching the exploit.

    "We are investigating the report and will clarify the situation once we have more information," said a Sony spokesman.

    Mr Hotz rose to fame in 2007 at the age of 17 when he unlocked the iPhone, which could only be used on the AT&T network in the US at launch.

    The hack allowed the popular handset to be used on any network.

    He has since released various other hacks, allowing people to unlock later versions of the popular handset.


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    Good to see the unhackable being hacked. Sony said that PS2 games could never be played on PS3 as the software was incompatible.
    Smells like normal routine Sony bullshit to me.. Lets see how long it takes to get a patch for this hack..

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    About time, well done!

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    Clever young chap, keep up the good work!

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    I'm a bit over the whole hack/patch thing to be honest. My PSP is hacked but I think I'll leave my PS3 alone - the whole rigmarole of hack-patch-hack-patch-upgrade-downgrade etc gets a bit much after a point.

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    My hacked PS2 is acting very strange, sometimes works, sometimes doesn't, very annoying

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    My PSP also hacked, can play every PSP game there is from the memory card. But some functions like www works not that well...
    As for my PS3, unless the hack is stable, I might leave it alone too.

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    A clever lad for sure. I just bet he's got a bright future ahead of him....moving to a respectable job soon, no doubt.

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    Sony, Apple or Microsoft should hire him...definitely a bright young lad!

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    ^I should think sony will pay him just to stfu

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    Or tell them how he did it...eitherway, looks like he's set with a bright future. Nice bit of PR for him.

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    I'll be leaving mine un hacked as well. Your bound to get banned from the online playstation network for using a hacked console and thats where all the fun is. Whenever I get a new game now I just go straight online with it and don't even bother playing the actual game on the disk.

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    You just don't know how to do it FP. I know plenty of folks using hacked Xbox 360's still playing games online.

    Like my Wii, it's hacked, I run Homebrew on it and still download the Nintendo updates. You just got to keep one step in front.

    As Ant said earlier, bit of a pain in the arse. But it only takes 5-10 minutes to update your hacks. Worth it IMO.

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    Your right, I don't know how to do it. But I've become a big fan of the games working 100% of the time. There was nothing more annoying with my hacked ps2 than buying a game and getting home and it not working, then having to go back to the shop and changing it.

    You can get 2nd hand original ps3 games in MBK for about 800bt. I probably spent that on taxis on a few of the games that didn't work on my ps2 so I'd rather just get the original in the first place.

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    Never had a PS2 game not work on my chipped console.

    Good news to the hack situation. I've been considering PS3 for a while, and especially now with GOW3.

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    If they can chuck Xbox Media Center onto the PS3 it has the potential to become a killer media player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fresh Prince View Post
    You can get 2nd hand original ps3 games in MBK for about 800bt.

    Where's that shop mate?

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    sony ps....

    PS2s... PS3s....X boxes Whatever.. whatever..

    Are you all Children??????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scandinavian
    Where's that shop mate?
    Its on the 5th Floor, turn left at the top of the escalator, go 50 yards down, turn left again and it the last booth on the end.

    The game price depends on how good the game is. I think I got Resistance 2 for a 1000bt, Army of 2 was only 800bt, that was a bargain.

    He can sell games for you as well. Just leave the game with him and he'll give you a call when he's sold it. He just keeps 200bt for his trouble.

    I haven't been for a couple of months so I can't find his phone number.

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    Christ, the kid should get out and try and meet some girls or something.

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    A geek version of Frank Abignale. I'm always glad when something like this happens, a new talent is made use of or the company concerned has to get of it's arse and develop something new

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