Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Sony Portables (Games)

First PSP Trojan Reported 76

Posted by Zonk
from the watch-what-you-click dept.
Evangelion writes "PSP hackers beware! According to 1up.com today, Symantec has identified the first PSP Trojan in the wild. Known as Trojan.PSPBrick, it turns the PSP into, well, a brick. With buttons. Users have to download and install it themselves, and as a result it effectively breaks the PSP."
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

First PSP Trojan Reported

Comments Filter:
  • New Market (Score:2, Insightful)

    by jelloshotgun (891531) on Thursday October 06, 2005 @03:25PM (#13733308) Homepage
    Does this mean that Symantec is going to begin marketing antivirus software for the PSP?
  • Re:Well then... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by RootsLINUX (854452) <rootslinux@nOspam.gmail.com> on Thursday October 06, 2005 @03:28PM (#13733339) Homepage
    Wait, so I actually read TFA and I didn't see any details here. If the hack takes out user buttons, what's to stop it from taking out all other I/O? How do you remove a virus when you have no way to actually get your machine to interact with anything in the real world? The symantec report says removal is "difficult". What if someone accidentally downloads this virus, then isn't able to use their PSP anymore because they can't wipe the memory clean? Who is responsible then? Does Sony have to give them a brand new PSP? Do they have to physically open the device and set a jumper to clear the memory? I want to know the implications of the virus, not just "there's a virus, and it's bad".
  • by Vampo (771827) on Thursday October 06, 2005 @04:02PM (#13733582)
    From the Symantec page, simple instructions to remove the virus:

    The following instructions pertain to all current and recent Symantec antivirus products, including the Symantec AntiVirus and Norton AntiVirus product lines.

          1. Disable System Restore (Windows Me/XP).
          2. Update the virus definitions.
          3. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected.

    thanks Symantec, nothing like a clean WinXP on my PSP again :)
  • Re:Well then... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Joe Random (777564) on Thursday October 06, 2005 @05:36PM (#13734487)
    If the hack takes out user buttons,
    It doesn't just take out the buttons; it flashes the firmware with junk, preventing the PSP from even booting.
    What if someone accidentally downloads this virus, then isn't able to use their PSP anymore because they can't wipe the memory clean? Who is responsible then?
    The user is, of course. The trojan is disguised as a firmware downgrader, and there's no way in hell that Sony is going to reimburse a person who was trying to "hack" their PSP. I'm pretty sure that there's something in the PSP boilerplate that covers that, but I'm too lazy to look.
    Do they have to physically open the device and set a jumper to clear the memory?
    There is no jumper. The memory has to be rewritten by an EEPROM programmer, which I doubt that any normal user is going to have access to. Sony won't send you a new PSP, and I don't doubt that, if anyone out there were able to reflash the PSP's firmware, Sony would be suing them under the DMCA or something.

    In other words, this trojan turns your PSP into a $250 paperweight/brick, hence the name.

You know that feeling when you're leaning back on a stool and it starts to tip over? Well, that's how I feel all the time. -- Steven Wright

Working...