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Hacker releases PlayStation 3 root key

By Emil ยท 23 replies
Jan 3, 2011
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  1. Hacker George Hotz, also known as GeoHot, has posted what he claims to be the PlayStation 3 root key, which is used for code signing games. GeoHot, who is known for helping crack the iPhone, has not only found the key, which groups have claimed in the past, but he has posted it to the public.

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  2. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,703   +171

    Apple/Sony/Microsoft or somebody seriously needs to hire this guy.
  3. realista69

    realista69 TS Rookie

    Wow, lets all hack the PS3!!!

    Like now, go on, go.

  4. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,376   +52

    Damn. Why am i not rich enough to have the confidence to experiment with this sort of stuff...Mind, i hardly play the PS3 anyway. :D

    Still a quality piece of hardware though.
  5. this turd should be sent to a Chinese "re-education" camp !
  6. mosu

    mosu TS Evangelist Posts: 490   +102

    It's OK for big companies like Sony to get kicked now and then,to remind them that they grow on people's money.BTW, GeoHot's name "Hotz" means thief in romanian.Good luck and a happy new year 2011 to all!
  7. edison5do

    edison5do TS Rookie Posts: 231

    Well, this will hurt the developers butget, But it will boost Sny PS3 Sales like a Sky Rocket, just like when PS2 got hacked.
  8. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,351   +1,133

    It was only a matter of time I guess, just like the master key to HDCP protection for Blu-Rays.

    Again i'm not standing up for Piracy or anything but people will always find a way round DRM systems if it locks the machine down too much such as this stops home brew software. If I had bought a PS3 and wanted to create and test my own home brew game on the platform I would be slightly peeved that the machine I bought was locked down.

    I wonder if this will have a knock-on effect with game prices possibly going down?
  9. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    Again, this is a reminder why DRM only hurts the honest people. People who want to bypass your rights management can and will do so. But the honest majority of us suffer through rights restrictions.
  10. Either you are a corporate puppet, or you have no imagination what so ever! You seem to be a bitter and angry nancy man
  11. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,743   +360

    Would anyone be willing to fill me in on why you would need this anyways????

    3DCGMODELER TS Enthusiast Posts: 307   +18

    cool..... now to play the right way yahooo
    It worked..... :)
  13. I do think if Sony didn't removed linux, they would not of incurred the wrath of the hacker community.
    I blame Sony over-reaction that lead to this situation.
  14. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,357   +116

    My understanding is to be able to play non-genuine discs with your PS3 (copies of originals you own perhaps?), though I guess that also means illegal copies of games could also be played with the root key mod as well.
  15. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,743   +360

    Thanks, I appreciate that. I didnt realize thats what this allowed.. guess I didnt read the article very well. Thank you for spelling it out for me.

    Some friends were talking about making their newer PS3's play older games such as PS2/PS. But I dont think that this allows that to happen, as reading the older discs is actually a hardware issue. Right?
  16. The main intention of the original hackers was to be able to run Linux on the machine, which has a rather cool vector processor useful for scientific and commercial work as well as hobbyist stuff. The original ps3 sold with this option as "other OS" and people who where not interested in games bought it for this, but they did not include it on the new ps3 slim. This limitation was artificial and when someone tried to bypass it on the slim they removed the feature form the original retroactively via an update. The home brew and developer community got to work to reapply this feature by other means and the piracy opportunities where simply an unimportant (to them) side effect. Piracy is however easer than re-creating the other OS feature and it will be a few weeks/moths before this is completed enough to be done by home users.
  17. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,648   +1,879

    I wont buy a PS3, it has so much potential...If people want to BUY a PS3 and install linux or windows on it, they should be aloud too. It's just another computer with proprietary hardware and more DRM than sense.

    Here is a good idea for stopping piracy, make games WORTH buying. If they aren't worth buying, adjust the price accordingly. I feel bad for the people paid for black ops at full price. That is not a $60 game. It's more like a $30 game...I Probably wouldn't play it even if I got it for free.
  18. biggabarr

    biggabarr TS Rookie

    don`t be fooled its not about piracy or any other illegal stuff, its about making more money off console sales for sony every body wins when there is a hack system like ps3 companies starts to develop programs and hardware for modification and ps3 is getting old now , there will be a replacement for it soon so why not release the keys .
    its only fair for those folks who buy genuine games to have a back up, just in the event you scratch the disc.
  19. i spotted this because i was looking to see if anyone had got around sony removing my unix from my ps3 .. if sony had not been an *ss by removing other os then i guess this would not have happened .. karma .. no sympathy ..
  20. lol nice... get on...

  21. "i spotted this because i was looking to see if anyone had got around sony removing my unix from my ps3 .. if sony had not been an *ss by removing other os then i guess this would not have happened .. karma .. no sympathy .."

    i'm pretty sure you mean Linux & not unix. i seriously doubt unix would run on a desktop, let alone ps3
  22. on my opinion. well. everything that can be locked can be unlocked...
    so... its always a matter of time...
    and it always happens... every time...
    i think that the companys make a mistake by trying to lock this lock that... they spending money on it and still... ALLWAYS they hack it... so its kind of usless...???

    @ our times i think they should mayby consider lowering the prices on games and software.
    Yes i know. they are production costs and stuff... from the making of the cd to the plastic box and the paper manual.... and, and...
    But you forget one thing... we are in the Golden Age of Internet.
    Make them all downloadable... and lower the price.
    or just stay with the prize tag of 70$ on new relesess... and lower it at DLC to 40-50 bucks.
    so people will notice the difference and start downloading...
    yes they are doing it... but still i think ist too expensive...
    But on DLC you dont have any plastic boxes, dvds and costlly manuals...
    sooo how you gonna explain this.
    so why i must pay the same prize on Steam for a COD:BO and in the store?
    the same time i can type the games name at torrents and download it ....
    Personaly, i buy original games for their multiplayer and if really the game is good.
    And most people do that...

    But on the other hand.... Buissnes world is very dirty stuff... and sony is known for their unorthodox selling tactics... as one reader said above. when PS2 was finally chiped, the sales grow up to 200% and more... (correct me if im wrong....)

    soooo... its up to you.
  23. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 452   +40

    This is illegal but hopefully after he is done with his court case, jailbreaking any gaming station or any electronic device will be legal. He already made jailbreaking the iPod/iPhone legal.
  24. No sympathy for Sony at all from me. Sony have made one bad decision after another with the PS3. First it was to design their own blu-ray, which they screwed up and had to start over, ultimately the consumer paid for their fark up on that one (hence the extremely high PS3 prices for ages). Then it was to promise developers the PS3 wouldn't use its own stupidly retarded programming language like the PS2 did, guess what? Sony make their own stupid programming language for the PS3 instead of sticking to tried and tested methods developers are familiar with. Then if that wasn't bad enough Sony kill the ability to install Linux, then to really make things bad Sony take out the chip making backward compatibility possible with PS2 games and instead switch to and completely rely on a software alternative (which was a massive failure, hence why backward compatibility was removed entirely..eventually, Sony did it bit by bit). Sonys well rehersed excuse? "Using DVDs damages the PS3s laser in the optical drive, shortening its lifespan." Erm.. Sony.. the PS3 plays movie DVDs. No difference to the PS2 DVDs.

    I think I've made my point.

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