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Old 02-09-2011, 10:08 AM   #1
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PS3 Players Beware. PS3 Operating System Hacked

Besides losing your stats, this could open up and whole can of network security worms.


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I’m not sure if people realize what a serious breach of security the PS3 has suffered in the past few weeks, but now that it’s starting to directly impact gameplay, owners of the system might begin to shuffle uncomfortably. A few weeks back, a hacking team called Fail0verflow essentially decimated the security of the system in every way. Their hack allows users to create more or less custom software for the machine, and even lets them take control of the PS3’s operating system. What that means is that the PS3 is now as free to modify as any PC, with the only limits being the hardware under the hood.

Many hail this as a victory, saying that you should be able to have complete control over all aspects of a product you’ve paid good money for, and it will allow for a playing experience free from the constraints and rules of Sony. This means a lot of things, like it’s much easier to play pirated games for the system, but now repercussions are surfacing that hurt gamers, not just Sony and publishers.

The security hack reportedly has now rendered Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 2 “in total shambles and unplayable” according to players. Players can be placed into a hacked server, which formerly relied on the PS3’s security for protection, and instantly lose all their stats. Infinity Ward says they have no way of fixing this, and they offer a bleak outlook on the current state of their game on the system.

“Games rely on the security of the encryption on the platforms they’re played on,” Infinity Ward’s Robert Bowling explained on the game’s official forums. “Unless the security exploit itself is resolved on the platform … updates to the game through patches will not resolve this problem…at this time, we do not have the ability to restore or adjust individual stats.”

He then goes on to add that “we are looking at every option available to us to help any user affected,” but his solutions for a fix are to submit a grief report to Sony, play closed, custom matches with your friends, or switch to in-house rival studio Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops, which doesn’t rely as heavily on console security.

The problem is that Sony doesn’t really have a fix for this. They’re suing the lead hacker GeoHot for exposing this flaw, but that won’t turn back the clock, and the hack is out there. It’s not something that can be fixed with an easy patch as it’s a core part of the system. Will they find a solution or will this one hack be the stone that brings down Sony’s Goliath?
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I'm glad I own a 360.
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Many of my friends got their ps3 hacked about a month ago. I always knew their platform was easy to hack.
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ohh noes!!!! you loose your stats.. Boo F'n hooo

Did I read wrong or is there more to this?

Yeah, I don't get it either. You would have to be a complete pile of shit just to feel the need to erase someone's stats. USE YOUR POWAHS FOR DA GOOD!!!!
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:31 AM   #8
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i use my ps3 for bluray only.....i play mx/atv 2 times a year lol
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ohh noes!!!! you loose your stats.. Boo F'n hooo

Did I read wrong or is there more to this?
Being pulled into a hacked server could open the door for the rest of your gamer profile and home network getting hacked.
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Its called jailbreaking. Ive done this to my ps3 in order to run my own homebrew apps and not the sony stuff. Its a lot nicer when you can customize the ps3 to your liking. yes ive even got a modded MW2 file, but i dont screw with anyone like other people, i actually hook people up and make fun lobbys. Sony is just a big baby that they cant figure out how to stop this. But they need to undrtstand they cabt ever stop it, there will always be hackers out their. On a side note...if you want to see what a nice hacked lobby on mw2 and want to jist mess around send a friends request to my psn, which is snowgod06.
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This is retarded... I am not quite sure what pleasure people get out of hacking computers/gaming systems? It doesn't provide any benefit other than just fucking everyone's world.
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:45 AM   #13
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Entry into your home network via your connected PS3 would be my worry.

I have a firewall at the entry point to my entire home LAN because of this very scenario.
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I'll be impressed when a guy with a PS3 plays against a guy with a 360. Now that's a hack.
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I'll be impressed when a guy with a PS3 plays against a guy with a 360. Now that's a hack.
They should just fucking do that anyway. I am pretty sure the systems could do it, but Sony nor Microsoft would ever let it happen. there would no longer be a benefit of one system over another, besides exclusives. Well, I guess that's kind of how it is now
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They should just fucking do that anyway. I am pretty sure the systems could do it, but Sony nor Microsoft would ever let it happen. there would no longer be a benefit of one system over another, besides exclusives. Well, I guess that's kind of how it is now
True, but the games are wrote in different styles which in order for them to be able to work together they have to be written some what the same. Its an open topic on the net that i always see people talking about.
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On a side note...if you want to see what a nice hacked lobby on mw2 and want to jist mess around send a friends request to my psn, which is snowgod06.
Ah, what the hell... I am interested!
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ohh noes!!!! you loose your stats.. Boo F'n hooo Did I read wrong or is there more to this?
Game stats are important if you play online. If you use matchmaking, it keeps you playing with people at your skill level, not way above or way beneath. It's a major annoyance to go beat a game and get all the accomplishments for it and then have someone erase everything.

I could care less if people want to hack their consoles. My iPod is jailbroken. So long as someone elses hacked machine doesn't interfere with what I'm trying to do.
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This is retarded... I am not quite sure what pleasure people get out of hacking computers/gaming systems? It doesn't provide any benefit other than just fucking everyone's world.
People can say the same thing about modifying a vehicle but yet many people on this forum take great pride in making their vehicle perform over and above the constraints originally set by ToMoCo. Anytime DRL, anytime locker, yellow wire mod, gray wire mod, etc are all the product of hacker mindsets.

The hack has very little to do with screwing with other people or piracy for that matter. It is more about gaining control of a product you own to run homebrewed code or enable a feature that may have been taken away by Sony after you purchased the device (OtherOS).

We can mod our trucks without ToMoCo's approval so why can't we mod our consoles or any other product we purchase? An iOS device is a great example. I have far more functionality from unlocking and JB the device than would have ever been allowed by ATT & Apple.

Will I JB my PS3 as I have done to my iPhone? Probably not, but it's good to know that there is a community is out there fighting against the arbitrary constraints that a corp places on its products in order to protect its bottom line.

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I'll be impressed when a guy with a PS3 plays against a guy with a 360. Now that's a hack.
x2 That would be ideal.
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