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October 25, 2012

Sony Playstation 3 encryption keys leaked online

A group of hackers calling itself "The Three Tuskateers" claimed the responsibility for hacking

By CBR Staff Writer

Sony Playstation 3 console has been hacked once again, and the hackers responsible for the attack have released the encryption keys online.

A group of hackers calling itself, "The Three Tuskateers", claimed the responsibility for hacking the PlayStation 3 console and obtained the crucial encryption keys.

The group said they had the "LV0" key for a while, but have released it only now after learning that another China-based group of hackers, known as BlueDiskCFW, was using it to build and sell firmware.

By using LV0 key, PS3 users can decode future security updates and change the firmware to install, and also play a game from the console’s hard drive instead of the game’s disk.

According to a statement published on The Hacker News, the group 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 to make money out of it has forced said us to release this now."

In early 2011, PS3’s security was hacked by group, Fail0verflow, which detailed a technique to gain unauthorised codes running on the Sony console.

After the hack, Sony had released the 3.60 firmware to plug several security holes identified from the incident.

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The 3.60 firmware was not run by the users who continued to run the older firmware, and did not migrate their systems onto PSN due to piracy issues.

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