New PSN Hack Cripples Sony’s Defenses vs. Hacked Consoles

A new, PSN-enabled custom firmware was released for hacked PlayStation 3 units, and the console’s LV0 decryption keys have been published, which allegedly “blows the system wide open.” With the LV0 key revealed, any future system update released by Sony can be decrypted with little effort, and there isn’t much Sony can do about it.

The LV0 key was originally uncovered by hackers known as “The Three Tuskateers,” who allegedly sat on their discovery for some time. However, the information ultimately got into the hands of another hacker group that planned to use it to their profit by charging for the release of custom firmware updates. This didn’t sit well with the Tuskateers, so they released the information to the public.

A statement from the hacker group reads:

“You can be sure that if it wouldn’t have been for this leak, this key would never have seen the light of day, only the fear of our work being used by others to make money out of it has forced us to release this now.”

Honor among thieves, huh?

via Eurogamer

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3 Comments on New PSN Hack Cripples Sony’s Defenses vs. Hacked Consoles


On October 23, 2012 at 6:23 pm

What exactly does a hacked PS3 do that a non-hacked one doesn’t that causes so much stream to Sony?

Does it actually do “everything” like Sony’s ads promised and they are enraged that hackers have proved them right?


On October 23, 2012 at 8:13 pm

From what I’m lead to believe, with a hacked PS3 you can download games and any/all DLC that can be played on the PS3. I’m sure there are even programs to run things a standard PS3 won’t have, such as indie games made specifically for a PS3 or running emulators for other systems such as Genesis, etc.

I heard the main downside is you can never have that system logged on again. Which means no PSN, no multiplayer, etc. Me, I enjoy my friends too much to hack my PS3.


On October 24, 2012 at 8:42 am

Hacked consoles let you use custom OP – which was one of the things that was advertised as a key feature in the original PS3′s marketing anyway, before Sony flipped their customers the bird – and do other things like use other people’s saves to unlock trophies to your account and so forth. I don’t have CFW so I don’t know everything you can do with them, but needless to say a lot of it is due to Sony reneging on their own agreements. I don’t understand what the “honor among thieves” line is all about, I can’t see what’s being stolen here.