The one console that remained rock steady in the light of people hacking them to play illegal and unsigned software was the playstation 3. A person by the name of Geohot managed to work out the secret security key that all playstation software is signed with. Armed with this information, you could load a game / application onto the PS3 and it thought it was an official piece of software and ran no problems. Ther was in fact three area’s that were of concern here and these were playing pirated games (Sony looses money), Install Homebrew software and finally hacking on-line games somehow. Sony recently not only updated the firmware to 3.56 to combat this but also issued an email to all people it suspected of running the firmware and saying it would ban them if they did not remove it.
Sony keeps updating it firmware with what they call ‘Security Fixes’ but add nothing that I can see to the mix. I was hoping for example to see ability to play music while playing games and other goodies but the fact remains is that Sony just keep updating the firmware to try and stop people running firmware that allows you to install homebrew utilities and games. The problem is that a person by the name of GeoHot found the encryption key and the only way really for Sony is to replace the hardware – this is not going to happen.