Details Emerge About PlayStation Network Hack

As I’m sure many of you are aware, the PlayStation Network hack is still in effect, for the fifth day in a row. Sony hasn’t really said anything new at this point besides for what I outlined in my previous article, but a writer at Attackthefanboy just discussed the nature of the hack, and while the writer does not attribute the hack to any specific organization, such as Anonymous, he does go into detail about how exactly the hackers hacked into the network

A new loophole has been found that allows jailbroken PS3β€²s to access the developer network through a recently released custom firmware. Apparently, the custom firmware makes your PS3 into a rebug unit. This is said to be what developers that create the games use to test content on the network on private servers. The hack which grants the user access to developer network called dev-PSN, is then used to access the normal PSN servers by finding the address of public servers.

Now that the nature of the hack has been officially discovered and published online, hopefully Sony will speed up the recovery of the PlayStation Network, giving games renewed access by what seems to be at least Wednesday at this point.

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  • Jet

    is that before wednesday or after wednesday that it is expected to be back?

  • Michael23

    Who ever hacked into the “Network” needs to own up to it even if it was a mistake. If Sony could find out how the person go in it could be fixed a lot faster and I think everyone is worried about our CC#s we need to help Sony figure it out.

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      Definitely, regardless if it was Anonymous or hackers affiliated with Anonymous, someone external still did it. It’s gotten to the point that people are starting to experience identity theft with their credit info, so now it’s actually dangerous as opposed to just an inconvenience.

      • I heard that the guy who did it is getting sued for 2 billion dollars or something like that

    • There’s nothing to fix, genius.

  • i think this bullshit i paid for addons and alot of other things some times i think xbox is better

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      It’s true, a lot of people used the paid services provided by PSN. Those are the ones that Sony SHOULD be compensating but I doubt it will happen.

      • So we will lose every thing we paid for and bought?

  • Immortal

    The groug anonymous declared war on sony.

  • i just got the world at war map pack and i hate playing solo so i want playstation network to work

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      Can you even play cod zombies solo effectively? I’m really not much of a COD player.

  • im kinda thinkin of geting an xbox360 because ps3 isnt workin. all my friends want to get an xbox because their ps3 dosent work

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      You do have to pay for their service though, and it’s not necessarily more reliable. Unless you plan on transitioning over completely it’s probably not worth it.

    • first of all xbox sucks. 75% of my friends have it. the graphics are terrible. a gamecubes graphics are better than that. also the connection sucks.why pay money when you get kicked from almost every match of cod. it you really are going to go buy an xbox just because psn is down for a couple of days you are pathetic. its just a hacker chill out psn will be back soon.

      • lol

        lol you only get kicked if YOUR connection sucks (I never drop below a 3 bar), the graphics are the same, and i hate to say it but the players offer a better challenge. -coming from a person who owns a wii, xbox360, ps3, AND PC.

  • I’m guessing after PSN brings the network back up, the anonymous person will ask for a job at Sony and they’ll give it to him immediately. They’d rather have someone like that on their side instead of out there.

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      Well they didn’t hire George ‘Geohot’ Hotz after hacked the PS3, instead they took him to court. So it will probably be a similar situation.

  • I Think this is good……and bad. On one side, if the psnetwork is this vulnerable, it should be fixed. If you want the candy, you gotta smash the pinata. On the other side i’m pissed as hell because I just want to upload my first stop motion cartoon, and I can’t. Why? Because some turd somewhere wasn’t happy cause the update 3.01 took away his jailbreaking business.

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      It does show how vulnerable the PS Network is and it’s good that Sony is trying tot beef up its security as a result of the hack. But it does screw the average gamer, which is never a good thing if that’s the community these hackers are trying to appeal to.

  • We are sorry for taking down PSN. We got the opportunity, and we were not going to pass it up. This should be a good lesson to sony.

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      I somehow don’t think you are part of Anonymous, but it’s ok πŸ™‚ Us gamers will live.

    • Exposed

      You were supposed to be on our side. You are now no better than Sony. You totally screwed your brethren. Thanks for the BP style apology.

    • Exposed

      You were supposed to be on our side. You are now no better than Sony. You hurt your brethren. Thanks for the BP style apology.

      • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

        It is definitely an attack against the common gamer, but at the same time it’s not the end of the world. Still, it’s pretty scary that the entertainment network of the 5th biggest corporate entertainment conglomerate can be brought down so easily.

    • why are you trying to teach them fucking lessons. its not your job, they never told you to. im sure that everybody wouldnt be as pissed off if it wasnt easter weekend when you guys decided to do that.just please stop πŸ™

      • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

        It really was bad timing for the hacker from a PR standpoint, depriving all the high school kids of Playstation online capability while they’re home from school is not exactly the best way to get them to support you.

  • lew

    Meh, no PSN for a week, we’ll live.

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      It’s true, at least they aren’t attack US govt. servers or something like that.

  • when will psn be back on?

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      I’m predicting, and of course this is purely just speculation, around Wednesday.

  • when psn will be on

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      I’m honestly not an authority on this but I’m predicting around Wednesday.

  • This is not OK. This guy needs to go to Jail and not collect 200 dollars as he passes GO.

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      I can just imagine hackers playing Monopoly and hacking into Boardwalk and hacking some Hotels as well πŸ™‚

  • this shit pisses me off. i hate how hackers think its so awesome to hack things.i just wish that they would lock away all those fucking hackers. or you could try to get them to not hack the ps3 and just go for the Xbox. microsoft wouldnt do anything if that happened. so thank you sony for actually caring about your customers.

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      Hacking is way too complex for most people, including myself, to understand. I’m pretty sure Microsoft would respond in a similar way to Sony.

  • Hxr

    LOlz kk Dis izkOOl hax up DER sytem.

    Wi dnt dU dIs Fo Notng.

  • This is going to be a new saying. “Dude, that sucks more then when PSN was hacked.”

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      Haha I may start employing that for general use.

  • lmfao, but If my netflix wasn’t working for my ps3 then I’d Kill someone. SO Glad we still have access to that…
    I’ve been waiting patiently for PSNs return…glad I have a beast of a PC to fall back on while Sony gets everything together with this hacking businaassss.

  • lol hacker pro

  • Public burning

  • are you guys serious? you need to stop complaining about it being down, do you really have no lives? and if you really need to play just buy an xbox, it wont get hacked because microsoft does computers and makes practically every piece of technology you use and the live service is paid for, for quality. the psn can not afford the security because of the free service. i had a ps3 and bought an xbox and i love it. my friends are devestated and im glad i can trust microsoft with my information so i dont become the victim of identity theft or fraud. if you are that obsessed with playing games just buy the xbox. i am glad i made the choice and i hope this helped you decide

    • Lmao…trust microsoft? This is the same company who cannot make an OS without it being hacked in 5 minutes and has unlimited malware, spyware, crapware and others running around for it…right? Trust me, if someone really wanted to take down xbox live they would. If you haven’t noticed, MS products are not that well protected.

      • XBL – Up… PSN – Down (Oh, and someone in Guam might be pretending to be you)

        Way I see it, I’m happy with my information being where it’s at. No one is immune to hacking, but Sony was careless in hoping their network wouldn’t be compromised once the PS3 Jailbreak broke.

  • And also Gears of War 3 Beta is some intense shit πŸ˜›

  • Still it sucks big balls. It does show weaknesses on PSN but like some people said, it doesnt make us regular gamers go on the hackers side either. Why didnt they just attack some other part of SONY’s corp. But had to be the PSN the one thing that people enjoy. I am glad though that I’ve bought anything from it, therefore, I do not care much about identity theft or anything like that, I do feel bad for anybody that gets that kind of trouble coming to the.
    I say for at least a week everybody on blackops and other COD games get their tag name “FPSN” Yes…that’s exactly what it stands for people! But hey I know Im putting it on so if you see someone with it then most likely it is me!

  • LYSS

    Damn, and I was hoping to buy Portal 2 on PSN.

  • F*CK ANONYMOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • After wednesday! D:! My Fans Need Me X.x

    • Daniel Horowitz (HavenDan)

      Sorry Ke$sha, if that’s even your REAL name…the party stopped a long time ago.