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PlayStation 3 suffers security breach

Sony’s current home console offering, the PlayStation 3, suffered a crucial security leak as PSN-enabled custom firmware was released for hacked consoles, enabling users to play pirated games on the machine.

The hack is being dubbed as a master key for the system; a reference to the publication of the system's LV0 decryption keys which will allow hackers to break through any new security that Sony will set up through new firmware updates. It can also allow individuals to manipulate the system's architecture facilitating a greater range of console modifications.

This will be of particular concern to the Japanese firm as its traditional form of countering system hacks was to release a new firmware update. A previous PS3 jailbreak incident which exploited the systems USB protocols was resolved with the release of the firmware 3.60.

The hackers responsible for the jailbreak call themselves the “Three Musketeers” and have claimed that it was a preemptive measure to ensure rival hackers would not profit from the hack by selling the code for a fee.

In a statement issued by the group via The Hacker News (opens in new tab), it said, “You can be sure that if it wouldn’t have been for this leak, this key would never have seen the light of day, only the fear of our work being used by others to make money out of it has forced us to release this now.”

The Japanese company has also seen the close of another security related matter. The BBC has reported (opens in new tab) that US District Court Judge Anthony J. Battaglia has thrown out a mass lawsuit related to the infamous PSN breach of (opens in new tab) April 2011.

The Southern Californian Judge highlighted a contractual disclaimer which accounted for the system's vulnerability, this prompted the ruling that there was no grounds for a lawsuit.