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PS3's 'private key' has been hacked

Sony PS3's private key hacked by fail0verflow

Anthony Garreffa | Dec 30, 2010 at 1:00 pm CST (0 mins, 40 secs time to read)

A hacking group named 'fail0verflow' have announced that they have deciphered the private key that Sony uses to authorise code to run on PlayStation 3 systems. Breaking this code means things can be launched, as if authorised by Sony.

PS3's 'private key' has been hacked |

The group made the announcement at the Chaos Communications Conference - saying it opened a huge number of options, such as being able to run linux on the console no matter which firmware is running. Of course this could be used for piracy, but they have said this was not their goal.

fail0verflow are also the group that bought us the Wii Homebrew Channel, cracking this private key is big work as it's a very complex process and no one has achieved it until now. Sony most likely has the "FFFFUUUUUUU" face right now.

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Anthony Garreffa

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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