The lights are on
While the world was focused on the announcement of the company's NGP handheld, some interesting new developments occurred in the company's ongoing battle with hackers.Tekgoblin reports that Sony won a temporary restraining order against hacker George (Geohot) Hotz, the man who reportedly leaked the root key to the PlayStation 3 onto the Internet, effectively opening up the console to homebrew hackers and software pirates. Some had even been using the root key to unlock ill-gotten trophies in certain PS3 titles.According to documents obtained by PSX-Scene (actual links to the pdf files are here), Hotz is barred from:“offering to the public, creating, posting online, marketing, advertising, promoting, installing, distributing, providing, or otherwise trafficking” in any software or methods for circumventing the PS3′s protection methods. No longer can he “provide links from any website to any other website” relating to such matters, or publish any information obtained by hacking the PS3. And more to the point, he can no longer “engage in acts of circumvention of TPMS in the PS3 System to access, obtain, remove, or traffic in copyrighted works.”In addition, Sony released a new PS3 firmware update (3.56) today that was characterized by Sony's PlayStation blog as a "minor update that adds a security patch." We can only assume part of this patch was intended to prevent people from jailbreaking the PS3 with the root key. However, Examiner.com's Matt Furtado reports that hackers have already managed to circumvent this new update and are releasing new root keys that allow people to continue to jailbreak and run homebrew applications on the PS3. The report gives no specifics.This has become quite a soap opera, and it appears Sony is learning one of the cold, hard facts of life: It's really hard to put the toothpaste back in the tube.
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Time for sony to make it's move again, hopefully they can do a better job with the security.
It is hackers like Hotz who continue to give gamers a bad reputation. People who are not gamers see a story like this and automatically think that the gaming community is full of people who hack and cheat in order to win. Sony is taking action not only to protect their intellectual property, but their action also helps to protect legitimate gamers.
On a personal level I honestly have no problem with people figuring out exploits in software and hardware, but the problem is what those people do with the information. We are not told how Hotz was using the hack and he simply could have been running his PS3 as a super linux box. But the fact that Hotz leaked the hack instead of notifying Sony now means that unscrupulous people were able to use the hack to their own gain. Not that giving themselves unearned trophies is any sort or reward, but I guess it could be considered theft when everyone else earns their trophies.
i could go on and on about how sony needs to crack down on hackers and whatever but the simple part of it is hackers are dicks its really that simple
Love that toothpaste analogy.
Modding/hacking/homebrewing has always been an uphill battle. Just look at the iPod, Apple is constantly plugging up holes, and jailbreakers keep finding new ones.
It would be more acceptable if pirates didn't exist, and everyone jailbreaks their systems for legitimate content, but that isn't the case.
just ban the system fron the psn and be done with it, if it can't get online then it can't cause harm to other people, it's not like they can't track them down through isp's or even through the serial number on the PS3.
"It's really hard to put the toothpaste back in the tube" and it's practically impossible to so without making a mess
I'm dying to see how this ends, probably Sony gets screwed.
This really sucks...
hackers are pickles soaked in evil!
Hotz's mistake was releasing his findings where everyone including pirates could gain access to them, also pirating is the least of the problems think about online purchases from the playstation store for those who use their bank account info/credit card, with the root keys someone could create a virus designed to catch the data being sent from the PS3 to the bank account/credit card account thus giving the creator access to ones finances.
I think they need to take a harder line with these hackers. I'm not sure exactly what they need to do but it needs to be harder than a restraining order...
I personally think that they should promote hombrew apps, for example making some software that allows you to easily run apps that you make from a flash drive, but make sure tat you cannot get full games and copy them onto the flash drive. You could for example not allow the apps off of the plash drive to use trophies, and not allow connection to psn from the hombrew thing, while at the same time giving an update to most games that will not allow it to work unless you have a internet.
As long as we don't EVER see access codes and installation servers, I'll deal.