New reports claim Sony’s PlayStation 3 has been hacked again.
Eurogamer states that new custom firmware released by hackers overnight will allow compromised consoles to join the PlayStation Network, and that the release of LV0 decryption keys will allow jailbroken consoles to circumvent any future security updates made by Sony.
Eurogamer reports that this new custom firmware contains the current PSN passphrase, and that the release of the LV0 decryption keys means that any future security updates made by Sony should be quickly unravelled.
According to the site, a Chinese hacking group calling itself BlueDiskCFW was offering to sell the custom firmware, which caused another group called The Three Tuskateers to release the LV0 decryption keys. The latter claimed to have uncovered the keys some time ago, saying, “only the fear of our work being used by others to make money out of it has forced us to release this now.”
If true, this new violation is the latest in a litany of security breaches for PlayStation. It follows a significant security violation last year when hacking collective fail0verflow uncovered and made available the PlayStation 3 root key, an action that threatened to flood the platform with pirated software. Shortly thereafter, panic ensued when the personal information of some 77 million PlayStation Network accounts was lifted, however no confirmed cases of credit card fraud or identity theft were directly linked to that incident.