ps3 PlayStation 3 master key leaked online

Hackers have published online the "master key" to Sony's PlayStation 3 gaming console, paving the way for a potentially monumental increase in pirated games.

Hackers have published online the "master key" to Sony's PlayStation 3 gaming console, paving the way for a potentially monumental increase in pirated games.

 
A hacker group called The Three Musketeers released the LVO decryption keys into the wild after a class action lawsuit against Sony over the security breach of the PlayStation Network was dismissed by a judge.
 
“You can be sure that if it wouldn't have been for this leak, this key would never have seen the light of day, only the fear of our work being used to make money out of it has forced said us to release this now,” the group said in a statement. The comment follows allegations that Chinese hackers who got their hands on the codes intended to charge fees for them.
 
ps3 PlayStation 3 master key leaked online
 
The problem for Sony is that it cannot simply change these keys, as they are used to direct updates to the millions of PlayStation 3 consoles around the world. Any updates Sony makes, especially to improve its security and address the threat of piracy, can now be decrypted by hackers, putting the company in an extremely difficult position. 
 
Indeed, any attempts to rectify the problem may hit genuine consumers more than pirates and hackers, and thus Sony might decide it is wiser to simply leave things alone. That said, Sony has previously dealt with attempts to jailbreak the PlayStation 3 with updates to the console's firmware, and there might be similar options for the company following this latest hack.
 
Source: BBC