PS3 hackers return from the hills

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In case you were living on another planet or under a rock, it was about a year ago that the PlayStation 3 console was hacked, with major repercussions for Sony and the hackers alike. George Hotz (aka Geohot) found himself in court facing serious charges of circumvention and jailbreaking, while the original sellers of the Jailbreak dongle I don’t think have yet to see the inside of a court room. Sony, on the other hand suffered the backlash of many, prompting a hack on their PSN network, effectively shutting it down for an extended time period and compromising millions of users personal details and accounts.

Well all has been quiet on the PS3 hacking front for quite some time, since Sony effectively changed the master keys they use to encrypt their games. Since the jailbreak could only be exploited on specific firmware, newer games encrypted with later firmware keys could not be played. That is until now. Very recently a small Indonesian team released the Jailbreak 2 (JB2), claiming it allowed users to play all previously unplayable titles from special blu ray discs. While it is not readily available everywhere, the fact it has been confirmed working has massive implications for Sony.

Regardless of the method they have used to make these new games playable, the developers are in the process of reverse engineering the device, potentially allowing it to be ported to other devices. According to many sources some of the developers within the PS3 hacking communities have stated that they already have the new 3.72 master keys and a public payload is on the way.

I’m sure Sony are keeping a close eye on this, but this time are dealing with a very unregulated market in Indonesia, as well as hackers who unlike Geohot have remained anonymous. In this case I think the developers have done s goof thing releasing it to the public. While it has uses that filer over in piracy territory, making it freely available is much preferred to someone profiting from it. The other exciting news that many have been waiting for is now legitimate users who don’t want to give up the ability to have homebrew applications and want to buy new games can do so without having to have another console to get online and do so.

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  • Toex_pjsm

    its true there are many hacker around the world…not only geohots or indonesian hacker
    who’s fault….!?
    hacker is the only answer to SONY who’s give us as their costumer games with high prize…
    we can’t buy a game with such high price thats why we seek custom firmware or jailbreaker as a tool to play many game at hardisk external or even at internal…

    we know that we are fault,.but as u can see till today blu ray disc has high compatibility till 50-60 giga…but a game inserted many of them only 3-10 giga not till fullest BD-capacity…
    that why with economic principle CFW or JB with hdd was more eficient than buy an original disc…

    i’m kirafreedom tell u the truth what’s going on at market ps3 at indonesian with some survey with ps3 costumers…many ps3 costumer was choose and buy x-box 360 as their favorit console because their game was cheaper than ps3 games-ori…

    if SONY console still arogant with their decisions to not allow us CFW or JB be played,.so i predicted that 1-3 years later you will face at decline position for ps3…because the costumer didn’t have an ability to buy the console and the game with such high price…your product will be like the junk of trashs and no one want it’s….

    that why i’m proud to many hacker who working hard to hacking PS3 system to allow home brew to be played because in opposite position it will lead many costumer to buy many of ps3 console

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