Hackers Crack the PS3 and Multi-touch iPod Nano

Monday, January 03, 2011

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It appears as though the mighty PS3 and the iPod Nano have both been cracked by hackers.

PS3

The PS3 has been a veritable fortress since it came on the market in 2006, but a team of hackers has found a vulnerability in the unit's software that allows a bypass of the console's operating system.

The team claims to have revealed the PS3's master encoding key, and announced they will be issuing a tool which will allow the installation of a Linux operating system.

The group, who had previously hacked the Nintendo Wii, presented their findings at the Chaos Communication Conference.

An external hack via USB device was released by another team a few months ago, but Sony had quickly rendered the devices useless through software updates.

iPod Nano

And the new Multi-touch iPod Nano, touted a hacker resistant by Apple, was also cracked by hacker named James Whelton.

Whelton apparently was able to erase an application and create a blank spot on the device's main screen as demonstration of his accomplishment.

The operating system is unique to the Nano, but is quite similar to previous versions as well as those for the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad.

Whelton says,  “If we can get a boot loader or something on it, I think it’d be an awesome device and may be easier as it has disk mode available.”

Sources:

http://www.consoledigest.com/has-the-ps3-finally-been-hacked.html

http://www.enternet.org/3543450/ipod-nano-hacked-%E2%80%93-app-removed-as-evidence/

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