PS3 Hacked (again)

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by DevilTakeMe, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. DevilTakeMe

    DevilTakeMe Where'd That 6th Toe Come From?

    Sep 12, 2011

    Somewhat surprised no one's talked about this (not sure if many NMA users play on PS3). Basically a second PR disaster for Sony after last year's fiasco.

    I'm somewhat curious what this would mean to the game industry. I would suspect that even more restrictive measures than SOPA will be produced to counteract this, or the PS4 will be rushed out.
  2. SnapSlav

    SnapSlav NMA's local DotA fanatic

    Jul 1, 2012
    I'd say it hasn't been talked about too much because.... what can we really say about it?

    Hackers are gonna hack, and there's absolutely nothing you can do about that. Unless, of course, you wanna be clever like CERTAIN companies and PAY the hackers to crack their software so they can make it more secure. But that's never been Sony's bag. They're not only hopped up on denial, but their stance towards hackers in general, as Critical Miss so aptly put it, "is akin to mutually assured destruction". Hack us? Okay, we'll turn off PSN until we THINK we're good and you can't do it again! The PS3 had AMAZING hardware and software features when it first came out, but people using the built-in Linux support to crack the system wide open made Sony so paranoid ("Dear God, NO! Our product can have wider applications than we intended for it and as a result get more sales? We HAVE to put a stop to it, because it wasn't our own idea!!!") that they retroactively removed these features in firmware updates, and that repressive removal of content got the attention of Anonymous, so they hacked PSN just to prove a point, and Sony overreacted and shut down PSN for 2 whole months. It was a very sad story, but alas Sony didn't really learn from their mistake. We can only hope that they don't overreact in the same way, or that the hackers themselves have learned their lesson (since they allegedly apologized to the PSN community for inadvertently inconveniencing them when Sony was their intended target audience) so that they don't panic Sony in the same way. At least this time around, it was source code cracking (like creating a "master key" for the console that anyone could utilize) unrelated to any of Sony's services, so perhaps there's no overreaction they CAN make which would directly inconvenience us, its users?

    Really, I'm all for the free spread of information, and hacking is how MUCH of the technology we have today was achieved, but some take it too far, and some companies react to it the wrong way. The PS3's gonna get hacked all the time, if perhaps not nearly as frequently as the 360, so what else is new? Just gotta hope a self-imposed SOPA ISN'T what's in store for us, I guess...
  3. Sub-Human

    Sub-Human -

    May 31, 2011
    It's ridiculous to consider SOPA as an option. Today's generation will grow up using the Net; the 90s kids depend on it almost entirely (more specifically, the sharing services and social networks which are the primary target). That's not to mention the slightly lesser numbers of avid Internet users among the elders.
  4. FearMonkey

    FearMonkey Vault Senior Citizen

    Oct 12, 2011
    To be clear, PSN wasn't hacked. No one has access to any credit card data. This was the hardware that was cracked so that people can make Custom Firmware and Custom Apps for PS3.