One would expect that a hack which leaves all PS3 consoles open to modded software would have been planned and carried out by only the Internet’s finest hackers, clad in the most expensive trenchcoats and wearing the most expensive sunglasses, furiously hacking away at a computer terminal. As it turns out, however, the hack was more akin to Sony leaving the keys in a 1996 Ford Fiesta in the Tesco car park as they went in for their weekly shopping.
The LV0 key, which allows hackers to decrypt the console’s update files via PC and upload the modified version to the console for completely legitimate reasons, was left hanging out of the front of the console when the company absent-mindedly went outside for a “breath of fresh air” during the daily system update, leaving it running. All it took at this stage was for a “master hacker” to grab a copy, then head down to the nearest Timpsons to have it copied and distributed around the globe in a matter of seconds.
“Yeah, we’ve completely dropped the ball on this one” admitted CEO Kaz Hirai. “Ordinarily we’d just change the locks, but it’s hard to do that simultaneously on 65 million consoles, and the UN refuse to sanction our “enforcement agents” from entering houses to manually solder closed all the openings on the PS3. Really that’s the only way we can ever hope to defeat these unauthorised modifications.”
The release of the keys has been seen as a turning point in the global security business, with companies such as G4S being contracted in to specifically guard websites from potential “shady folk” who might attempt to break the Windows in a RAM-raid.