Geohot has spoken up regarding the recent Playstation Network breach to quell any rumors that he is responsible for the hack and speculate on the technical details. He doesn’t seem to know any more that the public, but he raises some excellent points about Sony’s questionable security practices. Geohot mentions the possibility of creating a PSN alternative for hacked consoles to play on, outside of Sony’s control. Nothing like this currently exists, but it could be an excellent sandbox for homebrew gamers.
One of the things I was contemplating back in early January was a PSN alternative, a place for jailbroken consoles to download homebrew and game without messing up anyone else’s experience. Unfortunately events led me off of that path, but gamers, if I had succeeded you would have a place to game online with your PS3 right now. I’m one of the good guys. I used to play games online on PC, I hated cheaters then and I hate them now.
Also, let’s not fault the Sony engineers for this, the same way I do not fault the engineers who designed the BMG rootkit. The fault lies with the executives who declared a war on hackers, laughed at the idea of people penetrating the fortress that once was Sony, whined incessantly about piracy, and kept hiring more lawyers when they really needed to hire good security experts. Alienating the hacker community is not a good idea.
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