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  • Potential Hack-Proof PS3 Rumor Sparks Interesting Jailbreak, Piracy Debate


    Earlier today our friends at Crunch Gear ran with a story that, while based on a rumor, has sparked an interesting debate about the future of technology as it pertains to the intensifying crackdowns on hacking, jailbreaking, and the larger underlying issue of piracy. According to the report in question, Sony is said to be actively entertaining plans to introduce a so-called "hack-proof" PS3.

    Could it be done? Probably. Will it? No clue. But it certainly would appear that hack-proof technology is poised to become a paramount aim of major mobile and gaming tech firms - like Apple. At a time when Sony is spending good money to bring down the man we know as Geohot through the legal system, it's safe to say that companies mean business - more so now than ever - when it comes to curbing piracy and software hacking/modding.

    Exactly how Sony would make this new PS3 “hack-proof” is anyone’s guess. The fact is there’s no such thing on this planet as “hack-proof,” but that’s not to say Sony couldn’t implement new security measures that would take a long time to circumvent. Let’s not forget that it took nearly four years for the PS3 to be cracked. At the same time, any new “hack-proof” PS3 would naturally attract plenty of attention, so who knows how long it would remain “hack-proof”?
    Between the growing anti-piracy lobby attempting to sway the support of lawmakers around the world, to newer and harder to crack software and corresponding technologies, it's evident that life will not be made easy for hackers in the future, even those who don't engage in rampant piracy. While the extent to which companies may ultimately go this year to curb hacking is anyone's guess, the efforts by Sony - no matter the outcome - are clearly poised to set the stage for much bigger anti-hacking battles down the road.

    Source: Crunch Gear
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Potential Hack-Proof PS3 Rumor Sparks Interesting Jailbreak, Piracy Debate started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 54 Comments
    1. Gustavo Saliola's Avatar
      Gustavo Saliola -
      Sony, SONY... S O N Y ! ...Get the hack out of here!
    1. smuggler's Avatar
      smuggler -
      sony isn't going to spend the money to replace all ps3 with a hacker proof one. they'll be bankrupt by the end of it. after taking all hackers (innovators) to court (which isn't free). and then spending money to replace hackable ps3's? is this generation of gaming not about to see a new console probly in the next 5-7 years? sony needs to think about playstation 4 and forget about any flaws that went unnoticed on the ps3 for years.
    1. zplit's Avatar
      zplit -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      They don't have the right to manually brick your system I wouldn't think, at least not in the US. Cheaper games would CERTAINLY help.
      I'm 100% with you on this one!!
    1. Rcworship's Avatar
      Rcworship -
      If someone can create super-hard-to-hack software, someone can create a crack for it. The talent is on both sides. Any geek working for apple or Sony or whoever, started as a hacker. They just got "respectable" gigs with big paychecks. Nothing is un-hackable!
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      This has nothing to do with Apple
      Get this PS3 BS out of here
    1. gotanmp3's Avatar
      gotanmp3 -
      Quote Originally Posted by djrbx View Post
      I'm sorry but this is incorrect. No matter what any company does as far as "hack proofing" any product and as long as a consumer has physical access to the machine, it will be hackable. This is one of the first things you learn in computer security.
      But you're forgetting that there is one thing the consumer does not have physical access to: the cloud. And as more and more products require an always-on Internet connection to function, we'll start to see a whole lot more realtime authentication systems in use.

      And if you think efforts to fight hacking are completely futile, try buying something from Lik Sang, installing XBMC on a recently-purchased Xbox360, getting pirated DirecTV or unlocking an iPhone 4 (for the time being, anyway). For all of these things, hope you have a DeLorean with a flux capacitor, otherwise you're too late.
    1. Pengy35's Avatar
      Pengy35 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      Sony = New Hitler.
      No. They are not killing millions. While I don't support this idea, that doesn't make them Hitler.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      This has nothing to do with Apple
      Get this PS3 BS out of here
      Calm down, did you get beaten by a ps3 as a child? why the harsh feelings.

      Quote Originally Posted by Pengy35 View Post
      No. They are not killing millions. While I don't support this idea, that doesn't make them Hitler.
      Its a simile, dont take it so seriously.

      Bears and worms are nothing alike, until you think of the word gummy. Then They are very similar.
    1. joneseyy21's Avatar
      joneseyy21 -
      I don't give a flying F about this I pay for everything I use. Where is the next iphone4 unlock
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      LMAO @Calm down, did you get beaten by a ps3 as a child? why the harsh feelings.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by joneseyy21 View Post
      I don't give a flying F about this I pay for everything I use. Where is the next iphone4 unlock
      Do you pay for the unlock? No. So nobody owes you anything. Quit acting like your entitled to a free unlock. If you want the iPhone Sooo bad go to at&t or verizon.
    1. ihacker749's Avatar
      ihacker749 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      Sony = New Hitler.
      lol
    1. SRPrentice's Avatar
      SRPrentice -
      For those who think this has nothing to do with Apple or iDevices, think for a minute. If Sony wins this case, how do you think it will affect other companies like Apple? If Sony wins, that means Apple can sue and use this case to win and prevent us from jailbreaking. And guess what? That precious unlock you're waiting for won't exist.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by Stewie Griffin View Post
      Silly sony, haven't they learned from apple, calling something "hack-proof" is just a calling to all hackers.

      But i'm sure taking geohot to court will slow some of them down.
      Seriously they are just throwing out a challenge