George Hotz, who is well known among the hackers community, was responsible for unlocking the iPhone not too long ago. Well now he’s been spending some time on the PS3 and only last Friday he announced that he had successfully hacked the Playstation 3 to run his own software.
He originally said he would wait until he was certain that exploit was possible for fear that Sony would patch it up. But now he has made the information available to the public on his blog. He decided to release the exploit to see what others could do with it and because he wanted to move on to other work.
“Hopefully, this will ignite the PS3 scene, and you will organize and figure out how to use this to do practical things, like the iPhone when jailbreaks were first released, I have a life to get back to and can’t keep working on this all day and night”
Geo Hotz, announced that after5 weeks of hard work he had successfully hacked the PlayStation 3 with some ” Very simple hardware cleverly applied, and some not so simple software “. The PlayStation 3 traditionally only runs software that has been digitally certified and signed by Sony themselves. It’s part of the complex digital rights management system designed to prevent software piracy. But this hack from Geo Hotz is the hardest and most important step in cracking the digital protection.
Now that this hack has been released online, we should expect to see many more programmers begin to explorer deeper into the PS3 to see what else they can do with it. I would expect that the prime aim for many will be by-passing the digital certification process so as to allow illegal pirated games to run on the PS3
“The PS3 is hacked, it’s your job to figure out something useful to do with it.”
The exploit Hotz has found works with the PlayStation 3’s “Other OS” feature that allows a second operating system to be installed on the machine. This feature was discontinued on the newer PS3 Slim model so I’m not sure whether the hack works on the new PS3.
Sony’s Tokyo based Gaming Unit are now examining the code to see whether or not these claims made by Geo Hotz are true. They have so far refused to comment on the situation until they have finished their investigation.
So if this hack by George Hotz becomes more widespread and begins to be adopted by people then Sony may be forced to release a firmware update so as to prevent pirated games from running on the PS3 or whatever else the programmers can come up with.
Let the game of cat and mouse begin, just like what Apple and Geo Hotz have been in since he cracked the iPhone.
You can download a zip file from Geo Hotz with the exploit here