Playstation 3 hacked

The hacker best known for allowing the iPhone to be jailbroken has apparently achieved the impossible and hacked Sony's Holy Grail games console, the PS3.

George Hotz, who unravelled the iPhone as a teenager, has managed to dig his way into the console's notoriously inpenetrable innards and said in a blog post "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 now have dumps of LV0 and LV1. I've also dumped the NAND without removing it or a modchip."

It's taken more than three years for anyone to get this far with any kind of exploit, and there's no doubt the folks at Sony will be keen to plug the hole whenever it becomes public, but for the time being Holtz is not revealing how he managed it.

Speaking to the BBC, Holtz said that it had taken him just five weeks to learn enough about the software and hardware to break it wide open. "It's supposed to be unhackable - but nothing is unhackable. I can now do whatever I want with the system. It's like I've got an awesome new power - I'm just not sure how to wield it."

The hacker has admitted that his work could lead to jusers being able to use the console to play pirated games but said that this was not his motivation: "To tell you the truth, I've never really played a PS3," he said.

A miffed Sony spokesman said, "We are investigating the report and will clarify the situation once we have more information."

We guess we'll have to wait and see if the hack is released into the wild, or Holtz is hired by Sony as part of its security team.