The BBC got itself a bit of an exclusive this morning when they claimed to have spoken to a hacker who unlocked the iPhone as a teenager but has now hacked the PS3.
No doubt an unpopular scamp around Sony Towers this morning, George Hotz said the hack, which could allow people to run pirated games or homemade software, took him five weeks. He told the Beeb he was still refining the technique but intended to post full details online soon. Sounding like he might have some underlying psychological issues he also told how, “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”. See, he sounds like a He-Man villain.
The PS3 is the only games console that has not been hacked, despite being on the market for three years. “It’s supposed to be unhackable – but nothing is unhackable,” Hotz told BBC News. He revealed his find in a blog post over the weekend.
Sony has confirmed that it is “investigating the report” and would “clarify the situation” when it had more information. Still not ready to divulge all of his methods (that’s an evil genius for ya) Hotz told them BBC that the hack was “5% hardware and 95% software. You can use hardware to inject an insecurity and then you can build on that,” he said. Hotz said that he was continuing to work on the hack and, once finished, would publish details online in a similar way to his previous iPhone exploits.
In 2007, Hotz caught the eye of Apple’s head honchos when he unlocked the iPhone which initially could only be used by the AT&T network.