News out of the US tells us of George Hotz, who claims he has managed to hack into the PS3 gaming console. Hotz was the same guy who last year hacked, or unlocked, an iPhone. Unlike Australia, Apple has an exclusive deal with mobile carrier AT&T for the iPhone, so all units are locked to that network. Hotz changed that.
What the ramifications of Hotz's latest hack are yet to be known, I'm guessing it will allow people to play pirated games, which is not good for the industry – after all, where does the development money come from for new games? – sales of current ones.
As Karl said, this is a bit of a “so what?” moment, and to a degree it is true. However, I can't imagine Sony will be too happy about its console being taken apart, and who knows what kind of problems this might cause in the future. What I do know is, that if you are connected to the Playstation Network, the risk of being hacked is no greater than at any other time you use the facility.
About Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown is one of Australia's foremost commentators on consumer lifestyle technology. He publishes, produces and hosts CyberShack, is Channel 9's technology expert, and hosts Life & Technology and 2GB and NewsTalk 4BC.
Charlie is able to communicate, educate and inspire a huge audience, without confusing technological jargon.
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