PS3 Hacked Through Cryptography Exploit, Claim Group
A group of hackers called “fail0verflow” has claimed to have hacked the PlayStation 3 through a fault in the way Sony’s system creates encryption keys.
Ars Technica reports that at the Chaos Communication Conference 27C3 the group gave a 45-minute presentation of the methods they used to get into the system. Their intention was to restore the Linux-install functionality which Sony removed earlier in the year, but the hack gives full control to the user without having to use a USB device.
The hack was made possible by the PS3 not randomising its key generation, meaning the team could simply work backwards from an existing key and eventually determine the necessary structure.
PSGroove has a three-part video of the full presentation if you’re interested.