LV0 Decryption Leaked
The PlayStation got hacked, again. This time is different, though, because it may be the last time the platform ever gets hacked. Earlier this week, the notorious hacking group known as The Three Musketeers released the so called LV0 decryption keys for the PS3. If you’re not really familiar with what this could mean, let me break it down for your real quick: The LV0 decryption key is just like a skeleton key that can open every door that the PS3 has. This is going to cause a major problem for Sony.
The Three Musketeers claim that they released the LV0 hack was released due to the threat of the hack being used by another hacking group that would have made money off the decryption key. The group suggests that it would have never released the hack if not for such a threat. The release of the hack means that any updates that Sony releases for the PS3, from now until forever, can be decrypted with little to know trouble.
While the hack has a lot to do with the PS3, there is a good chance that it will evolve to tackle Sony’s entire security structure. As with all things technology, hacks tend to get a lot of attention from dubious parties interested in such things trying to make something bigger and better. Sony, as we know, does not have a presence in only console gaming, but also the MMOverse. Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) has been under siege by hackers in the past, and this problem has cost the company a lot of money. If the LV0 hack turns out to be as serious as it seems, and if it’s picked up by an intrepid hacker with their sights set on SOE, Sony may find itself in the midst of a security nightmare that may not be simple to fix.
Sony Has Limited Options, None Decisive
Sony is likely to introduce new security features for the PS3 that will mitigate hacking within the coming weeks. Make no mistake, Sony has several options in terms of security that can help offset the LV0 hack. The problem is, however, that none of these options can be considered decisive, as the hack will be able to break its way through these measures in short order.
Sony is caught in a dangerous cat and mouse game, where the odds are far more in favor of the mice.