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Police Raid PS3 Hacker's House, Hacker Releases PS3 'Hypervisor Bible' 448

An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from "Graf_chokolo, who has contributed countless things to the PS3 scene, had his private home raided by police this morning. They confiscated all of his 'accounts' and anything related to PS3 hacking. Some of you may remember that graf_chokolo promised if he was pushed, that he would release all of his PS3 hypervisor knowledge to the world. He kept good on this promise, releasing what is being dubbed as the Hypervisor Bible. 'The uploaded files contains his database, which is a series of tools for the PS3's Hypervisor and Hypervisor processes. It will help other devs to reverse engineer the hypervisor of PS3 further.'"
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Police Raid PS3 Hacker's House, Hacker Releases PS3 'Hypervisor Bible'

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  • Ownership? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by headkase ( 533448 ) on Thursday February 24, 2011 @07:46AM (#35298334)
    The entire fiasco with people getting arrested for modifying their own property is due to the DMCA's circumvention clause. Because the DMCA casts doubt on basic ownership rights I think that the base law is flawed.

    If I want to buy a cheap super-computer or mod my Xbox 360 into a media center that should be a given-right: I bought the hardware so go to hell without my Freedom to Tinker [].
  • Re:Cheating (Score:5, Interesting)

    by commodore6502 ( 1981532 ) on Thursday February 24, 2011 @07:47AM (#35298344)


    >>>Something needs to be done as they're ruining the games for honest players.

    I agree and banning modded consoles is the solution, NOT shipping people off to jail for 5 years. Sony's approach is extreme overkill for what is, basically, just a toy. It's akin to locking-up someone because they modded Optimus Prime with electronics to self-transform, and then shared the plans online. ("Oh no! Got to lock him up for modding our toy!" - Hasbro.)

  • Another reason (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 24, 2011 @07:52AM (#35298372)

    NEVER to buy anything made by Sony

  • Re:Cheating (Score:4, Interesting)

    by somersault ( 912633 ) on Thursday February 24, 2011 @08:11AM (#35298462) Homepage Journal

    You don't really understand the full nature of cheating. It's easy to stop some things, but if someone has a wall hack or aimbot, no amount of server side checks will distinguish that from a skilled player. That is, unless the server just precomputes all sound and graphics and sends them to the client, rather than telling the client exactly where sounds are to originate from, or where enemy player models are.

  • by marcansoft ( 727665 ) <> on Thursday February 24, 2011 @08:31AM (#35298562) Homepage

    This is the entirety of the original source material for this story:

    Guys, do not contact me anymore because SONY got me. They have all my stuff and accounts now, so be careful.

    It was not a troll guys, it’s me, they really got me, it was a matter of time. So be careful now, i warned you.

    Guys, SONY was today at my home with police and got all my stuff and accounts. So be careful from now on.

    Guys, i don’t joke, it’s serious.
    And to prove it, i kept my word and uploaded all my HV reversing stuff.
    Upload it everywhere so SONY couldn’t remove it easily. Grab it guys, it contains lots of knowledge about HV and HV procs.

    Here is my HV bible: ...

    "SONY was today at my home"? That's not how raids work. In the US, Sony had to go through some rather extensive legal action to be able to get a TRO on geohot, and now they've convinced the German police to raid some random hacker's house out of nowhere? He's also not even one of the more prominent people involved, and had very little to do both with the core hacks and with subsequent piracy tools - he mostly worked on his own on hypervisor reverse engineering and there's just about nothing they could charge him with. This would also be the first action taken by SCEE regarding this entire issue. And you'd expect someone other than graf_chokolo to notice, publish, or somehow independently report the raid. Not to mention that if you're raided, the first thing you do is talk to an attorney, not post a care package online (as "proof"?). None of this makes any sense.

    He did mention that if he ever got a takedown notice from Sony or something along those lines, he'd release his hypervisor disassembler database. I think it's more likely that he got tired of waiting and just made up an excuse.

  • by ghmh ( 73679 ) on Thursday February 24, 2011 @08:42AM (#35298622)
    Maybe it's time to exercise your imagination instead of your thumbs?
  • Re:Cheating (Score:4, Interesting)

    by snkiz ( 1786676 ) on Thursday February 24, 2011 @09:20AM (#35298830)
    I just want my Linux partition back without having to give up the PSN. Cheaters suck but really its no better than trying to play against the 18 hour a day basement dwellers.
  • Options (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Sloppy ( 14984 ) on Thursday February 24, 2011 @10:20AM (#35299374) Homepage Journal

    Fuck them all. Get a PC. Even running Linux (!) you can play so many games for so long, day after day, completely wasting every spare hour of your life. Medical technology will never advance the human lifespan long enough such that even Linux gaming (and c'mon, it's not like Linux is the gaming platform) can ever be exhausted by any one person, even if that person drops out of school and work completely and takes meth all the time so they never sleep. It is so ridiculous to whine about non-evil game platform unavailability when even the most meager non-evil platform has so much to waste your time on. ;-) Fuck Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft. The world is bigger than them.

Exceptions prove the rule, and wreck the budget. -- Miller