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PlayStation 3 Hacked Again - LV0 Master Keys

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By Nick - 10/24/12 at 02:58 PM CT

Looks like Sony will need to put more effort into the PlayStation 4, cause the PlayStation 3 has seen its final blow by hackers. Information has been leaked, forcing the group responsible for the hack to publish their findings publicly, to avoid profits being made off of their efforts. The LV0 master keys, that are manufactured directly in the PS3 itself, have been discovered. These keys are the only thing that kept PS3 firmware secure, allowing Sony to patch other hacking issues. With these keys, anyone can decrypt any new firmware updates from Sony, and know exactly what they do, as well as get their hands on any new PSN authentication keys put into the firmware update. It won't be long, and jail-broke PS3s will be common, and you'll see countless articles on how to do it. Is this a bad thing for Sony? I actually don't think so, the PS3 is near its end of life, and people are anticipating the PlayStation 4. This will only motivate Sony to get the PS4 out to market sooner. Assuming the PS4 will use the same PSN network, one has to wonder what will happen now with that. This could be the only bad thing that comes out of this news, Sony may decide to keep PS3s PSN separate from PS4s PSN, that way PSN can be controlled with their new unhacked system. You can read the full press release by The Three Musketeers by following the link below.

http://thehackernews.com/2012/10/sony-playstation-3-hacked-with-custom.html#_

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Wrote on10/27/12 at 11:51 AM CT

Part of me can't help but admire how long it actually took to get to this point. When it comes to stuff like this, always bet on the hacking community, but I think 6 years is a heck of a holdout.

I'd be worried if I played competitive multiplayer like Madden or Call of Duty. A spike in cheating in those games seems like a logical next step now that anything goes on a PS3.

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Wrote on10/26/12 at 07:59 PM CT

It would not be surprising if Sony turned off the PS3 PSN completely, much like MS did with the original Xbox's version of Live.

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