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Hackers have released online what could be termed the "last hack" for Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) game console, tech and gaming sites reported last week.
The security hole exploited by the hackers reportedly involves a core part of the console and is claimed be unpatchable, PlayStationLifestyle.net reported.
"Now ... the PS3′s LV0 keys have been released, which allegedly means that no matter what Sony puts in its next firmware upgrade, hacking it will be very easy, similar to how it was on the PSP," PlayStationLifestyle.net reported.
The Three Musketeers
It said a group calling itself The Three Musketeers claimed to have discovered the keys, but did not plan to release them.
When a Chinese hacking group got access to the hack and allegedly sold it via BlueDiskCFW, The Three Musketeers were angered and released the keys publicly.
"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," PlayStationLifestyle.net quoted the group as saying.
A separate article on EuroGamer.net said the situation threatens to be a "security nightmare" for Sony, saying some consider the publication of the LV0 decryption keys to be a development that "blows the system wide open."
It said that while Sony will "almost certainly" change the PlayStation Network passphrase again in an upcoming 4.30update, the reveal of the LV0 key basically means that "any system update released by Sony going forward can be decrypted with little or no effort whatsoever." — TJD, GMA News