The hacker, who jailbroke Apple’s blockbuster iPhone, has reportedly achieved another modding feat, this time with the hack of the erstwhile impermeable Sony’s PlayStation 3 (PS3) gaming console.
The 20-year-old hacker, George Hotz, also known as “GeoHot”, has successfully jailbroken the only gaming console that hadn’t been hacked on in spite of a global market presence of more than three years or so.
This hack would extend the console’s functionality by enabling it to run Linux operating system, as well as several other games that have hitherto been restricted on it.
Discussing about the hack on his blog, Hotz wrote: “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. As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet”.
He further went on to claim that the kind of hack essentially implied that Sony might face difficulties in plugging the loopholes through firmware updates.
It took him around five weeks to develop a hack through a logical combination of changes to the hardware and software of the console.
If true, this could be seen as a big blow for Sony PlayStation, which has garnered the reputation of being the most secure and piracy-free console available in the market.
Oh well, another one bites the dust. For the record, the PS3 was already compatible with Linux and that was heavily used by scientists to build cheap clustered supercomputers. At £200 or so per teraflop, the PS3 has proved to be quite a success. Jailbreaking it might actually encourage others to tinker with it.