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Graf_Chokolo House Raided by Sony!

This just in! Sony, with the assistance of the German police force have just raided Graf’s house and took all of his PCs and anything related to PS3 Hacking! This is a dark day in the world of free thinking!

This is a new low for Sony, who has already sued, sent more DMCA takedown notice’s than anyone knows what to do with, and banned more consoles than I can count…has gone that extra low step and started the overseas battle…Mathieulh I don’t know how safe you are anymore…This proves Sony has it’s hands in some pretty big cookie jars.

There is a tiny little sight of light in this situation. As Graf has promised, he has released all of HV reversing documentation. To protect myself from Sony’s hammer, I won’t post the actual links or filenames…but they are out there, be sure of this!

Sony, you REALLY are making us regret ever buying your console and supporting you as a company!

Sony has finally responded to the recent hacks and what not that have recently surfaced. You can read the full article on their blog but who cares what Sony has to say…Not any one I know!

Notice: Unauthorized circumvention devices for the PlayStation 3 system have been recently released by hackers. These devices permit the use of unauthorized or pirated software. Use of such devices or software violates the terms of the “System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System” and the “Terms of Services and User Agreement” for the PlayStation Network/Qriocity and its Community Code of Conduct provisions. Violation of the System Software Licence Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System invalidates the consumer guarantee for that system. In addition, copying or playing pirated software is a violation of International Copyright Laws. Consumers using circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software will have access to the PlayStation Network and access to Qriocity services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently.
From Sony’s Official Blog

So lets break this down: We do not like you hackers and as a result we will punish you for your badness…Thats that entire blurb in one sentence. Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand Sony’s position and support this action, because I run a company myself and would do the samething. This I feel is what they should have done to begin with…no lawsuites or anything of that nature…Just simply blocked anyone who broke the rules!

But I feel this article was written a long time ago…This doesn’t feel new to me, because we don’t use devices anymore…We use software and what not. So my real question is Sony…If I am caught with an emulator am I going to get banned, though I have 0 games on my PS3 that are copied let alone pirated? Good news is I don’t care about playing on PSN, just as long as my games work that I back up!

Geohot Goes Hard at Sony…Word.

I am a huge fan of Rap with a meaning (Greydon Square is a prime example). So when I heard Geohot go at Sony all I could do was say, yes! He is a personification of our freedom! Free the very beginning with the iPhone unlock. I have always supported him and knew he would be the ones to bring us the keys…literally.

If you haven’t seen it yet, here is a link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iUvuaChDEg – I’d suggest watching the other videos he has posted there too. Because one thing is for sure, Geohot knows what the first amendment is about…Sony, seriously…Sueing people won’t make it better!

[Update: Fixed broken link]

Uh, oh…Looks like our country’s legal system is failing us again. The “honorable” U.S. District Judge Susan Illston has ruled that George must turn over all of his computers and related devices which may contain Sony related code, hacking utilities, etc.

Now that Sony has been granted this right, they will pick those drives apart for all their worth. This could be a lot of bad news for us. Now they will everything they need to close the open holes in the firmware…Hopefully someone puts some time into hacking the newer firmwares as we’ll need it.

On top of this news Sony is sending sopeanas to Google for the IP addresses of anyone who watched the jailbreak video of Geohot’s…so you’re in trouble if you even looked at his JB example…

 

[UPDATE COMING]

Scott Francis [SIC?] has made the ballsiest move in the scene. He has asked Github to restore public access to his Git repository, not because he demands it but because he is stating Sony’s fuck up is not applicable for the DMCA law.

From: Scott Francis
Subject: DMCA takedown

it is my good faith belief that none of the code at hermesEOL/fail0verflow (see reference below) infringes on Sony’s copyrights, and that their takedown notice is in error. further, Sony is attempting to abuse the DMCA to avoid public embarrassment (too late) and put the genie back in the bottle (too late), and has failed to meet the minimum requirements for giving DMCA notice (no details provided on which source code lines infringe copyright). the exposure of sloppy crypto implementation on Sony’s part in no way infringes on copyright or makes available any of their proprietary internal software; the repository in question contains exclusively original third-party code that does not directly facilitate infringement.

please restore public access to the source repository in question. this shall serve as my electronic signature.

Lets break what he is saying down:

  • Sony is using the DMCA is disguise their mistake in their source code
  • A hole in the crypto implemention is not a violation of their copyright
  • His repos is strictly code written by him and no other third party, so no infringement is committed (Git joke?)

This is the start of our revolt against Sony’s evil reign! Any developer who has had their Github or personal source code repository taken down due to a DMCA takedown should exercise their rights! Send a letter/email to your host and demand your repository to be put back up! Sony can not stomp our rights!

Sony + The Rootkit

I wish I could say this is the first offense Sony has made…but then I’d be lieing to everyone. In fact they did it once before on the PC. They had created two pieces of software named Extended Copy Protection (XCP) and MediaMax CD-3 [Links to the Wikipedia articles for more information]. This software installed a rootkit that prevent users from copying the CD through WMP(Windows Media Player), but it also created vulnerbilities which allowed other malicious pieces of software to infect the system. This was discovered by a security expert named Mark Russinovich. Not only did they install rootkits but it also was found they were doing it using pieces of code stolen from the LAME project, an opensource MP3 encoder.

Now, they have done it again with the PS3, only this time its so they can personally execute code and scan the PS3 for unapproved applications, such as backup managers. But this brings up the question, when does it end? If you think about it, they could easily send a piece of code that has a bug in it and brick thousands of PS3s…Knowing Sony they’d probably just say “you shouldn’t have had so-and-so installed…” whether you really had that or not!

Leave a comment about your views on the subject…Lets make sure Sony knows we will not stand for this atrosious behavior!

This is completely unrelated to Sony and it’s action but more toward the scene and it’s misuse of a term. That term is “jailbreak” which anyone who has a damn clue about what the word “jailbreak” means would know that the PSJailbreak DOESN’T JAILBREAK ANYTHING!

Jailbreaking comes from the Unix world where it means to escape a chroot jail. What is a chroot jail? Ok, to put it simple, when you login to a SSH or into a terminal you are put into a virtual environment so any changes you make, only affect that jail. In iPhone world, jailbreak means to bypass the filesystem and gain root or god access to the entire phone. This in turn allows you to pretty much do whatever you want. So why am I so upset that the PS3 world uses this term? BECAUSE, it really has nothing to do with the file system. Infact for the most part your editing memory, not the filesystem. Payloads are memory injections and they are used to remove checks and such…So calling it a jailbreak is just wrong, regardless of how you put it. Yes, you can access the filesystem afterwards but thats just a side-effect of the hack or exploit.

I know it’s not a big deal, but in a scene where people nit-pick the most minor details…it matters!

Sony has decided it to be necessary to target other hackers. They are sending subpoenas to some of the Internet’s more know free-thinking sites, such as Slashdot, Github, Youtube, Twitter and many others.

How do I feel about this? It’s bullshit! Sony, when are you going to learn, you will waste more money trying to defeat us than we’ll ever take from you. Need I mention a lot of these people are not even in the US, so they are out of our jurisdition.

I realize a lot of people are going to be upset with their actions, but lets be understanding of their situation. They have been completely beat and want to try and make up for it by playing big stick diplomacy with us…They think they might actually prove something. So far the only thing they have proven is that they are bunch of morons with money to waste.

This shows the main problem in today’s juditial organization, the money wins…Not reasoning or logic, but big dollars to pay the courts! The only possible way you can win these days if you have a high-brow lawyer who is willing to step up and say “NO!” to the big corporations. As people we must demand our freedom and show we will not stand down just because some corporate says we can’t because it might affect their billion dollar budget.

Leave your comments and let me know what you think!

[Update]
Graf_Chokolo has successly been able to make Linux boot through LV2 on 3.41, yay!!! Too bad I am on 3.55, but who knows, maybe we’ll see 3.55 with Linux too soon! This is a good day for Linux and Other OS.

Graf_Chokolo has recently announced that he has managed to boot Linux on PS3 using Other OS not Asbestos. He felt Asbestos was not a reliable solution and I’m going to have to agree. I rather have a simple method and centralized installation.

He states it will have RSX access as well.

My approach will enable OtherOS to have the same access rigths as GameOS, it means access to Dispatcher Manager, Update Manager, VFLASH, HDD encryption/decryption, isolated SPUs and RSX of course.

GameOS is only good for games, for PS3 development and hacking is Linux or FreeBSD with GameOS rights are a lot better. And i want a clean approach for booting Linux, not like AsbestOS, it’ not very clean.

I have my loader for OtherOS bootloader ready now, will patch HV today and try it out in the evening, after that will report back. Stay tuned.

- Quote from XorLoser.com

He is working on a Linux bootloader that will replace the LV2 kernel [SIC?] which will be awesome to see!

I give him a ton of kudos for all the work he has done in the PS3 scene and he will help bring us closer to a fully open system in which we can do whatever want!

Sony, Sony, Sony you’ve been a very naughty company lately…Between releasing a flop of a handheld (PSP Go) and a non-stop attempt at patching your some-what successful other handheld line(PSP Phat,Slim,3000), you found time to send more and more lawsuites.

Honestly, it really leaves a stale taste in our mouths (the Scene). We bought our console for $250-$500 and you gave us a perfect solution for our development needs (Other OS / Linux), but you still restricted us! You refused to give us full RSX access and when we did find a way to access it, you locked us out again…Why? You are worse than Apple [sic?]. I wish you’d kept the semi-openness you showed with the PS2 and Linux, but then there wasn’t a potentional piracy enabling bug in your console was there?  View full article »

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