PlayStation 3 Finally Hacked, Claims iPhone Jailbreaker

Takes Him 3 Years, 2 Months, 11 Days To Accomplish The Feat

January 23, 2010 In a blog post yesterday, the creator of the iPhone Jailbreak, George Hotz, claims to have finally hacked the PlayStation 3. The process took five weeks using “very simple hardware cleverly applied, and some not so simple software.”

“I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me, as I have a lot of dumps of LV0 and LV1. I’ve also dumped the NAND without removing it or a modchip. 3 years, 2 months, 11 days…that’s a pretty secure system,” brags Hotz on his blog.

Hotz also commented on what Sony can do about the hack:

“As far as the exploit goes, I’m not revealing it yet. The theory isn’t really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder. Also, for obvious reasons I can’t post dumps. I’m hoping to find the decryption keys and post them, but they may be embedded in hardware. Hopefully keys are set up like the iPhone’s KBAG.”

So what does all of this tech speak mean? I have no clue. What I do know is that Hotz’s breakthrough has the potential to deal a blow to Sony’s cash flow if it’s used in the wrong hands, just like his last major exploit did to Apple. Whatever uses this hack has at the end of the road, I don’t think it would be unreasonable to call George Hotz the greatest hacker of the gaming world. PS3 owners and aspiring hackers alike should follow his blog and Twitter page to see what kind of benefits this could have for them in the long run.