PS3 Update 3.60: Firmware Unhackable – Sony back in Control?

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It looks like Sony may be having the last laugh in terms of their ongoing struggle with PS3 hackers. It has been reported that Sony has made several changes to the core system files within the PS3, changes which may make the PS3 ‘unhackable’ for the foreseeable future.

We have given you some background information on firmware update 3.60 already, in particular asking you for your thoughts on the new Cloud Storage option, which is only available to those with a PSN+ subscription.

However, we didn’t mention at the time what security updates Sony issued for 3.60 and it appears that they have been hard at work, according to Youness Alaoui, also known as KakARoToKS who you’ll know if you have been keeping up to date with all this Sony Vs the Hackers shenanigans. Anyway, he has posted a couple of Twitter updates, which should raise an eyebrow or two, here is one of them below:

”Wow, in 3.60, Sony removed all the loaders, no more isoldr/lv1ldr/lv2ldr/appldr.. but they added lv0.2! Seems they found a way to secure ps3”

Put in simpler terms, it means that Sony has found a way to secure the system without the need of using their metldr key, a key ingredient of the PS3 which was posted online by fellow hacker Geohot.

It’s good news for those of you playing the likes of Killzone 3 and Call of Duty online, as the chances of you getting to play a ‘hack-free’ game have just multiplied considerably it seems. Then again, the hackers never seem to quit, so it will be interesting to see what happens next. Let us know your thoughts on this.

Are you pleased that Sony are now back in control of their system?

Also See: PSN maintenance today 10/30, down for 2 hours

  • owen thomson

    I am happy and not happy I have been a few hacked games yes and they are fun i played MW2 zombies i think that Sony should take some hackers idea's into consideration. hackers only hack for fun some people have good ideas yet some are just really annoying if there is a hacked game and its popular try adding it into a game mode i think some people would really like some of the stuff that some hackers have put a lot of time into.. i would be pissed if some one shut down my stuff after all my hard work???!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    I ono

    • Josh

      hackers only hack for fun? wow, how naive you are.

  • Owen Thomson

    I am happy and not happy I have been a few hacked games yes and they are fun i played MW2 zombies i think that Sony should take some hackers idea's into consideration. hackers only hack for fun some people have good ideas yet some are just really annoying if there is a hacked game and its popular try adding it into a game mode i think some people would really like some of the stuff that some hackers have put a lot of time into.. i would be pissed if some one shut down my stuff after all my hard work???!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

  • Tom Sherman

    this ps3 is mine, i should be able to do whatever i want with it. as soon as i hand over the money, i should be able to smash it with a sledge hammer, use it as a pc, or in this case; enable homebrew. in my opinion, what sony are doing is absolutely ridiculous.

    • Mike Kostka

      Why would you want to smash it with a sledge hammer silly.

  • Soteh

    Sherman you are wrong! The real reason people hack PS3 is not to install homebrews…. Everybody know they do it to avoid paying $60+ on a video game! ;). And distributing copied games for free is illegal! And if the console is not secure then developers dont get paid as they should and if they dont get paid they simply will not support the console in the future! Copyright Laws are being broken! And that is a CRIME! ;) and also unjust for the people like me who pay legally for a game! ;)

  • NobbyBodkin

    Sherman, you are indeed wrong. You you are granted a license to use the software that powers the PS3 so by all means you may be able to turn your PS3 into a PC, but you are not allowed to play PS3 games, use the PSN or any of that unless you agree to Sony's terms. The license is a contract, so if you go against the terms of the contract, not only should you no longer be able to use the PS3 software, but you are in breach of their terms. Get over it, and buy a PC if that's what you want, there is plenty of legal homebrew on there.

    • Jason

      Listen i understand terms and conditions of contracts but this contract is bs if i buy anything it IS MINE ITS NOT LEASED or RENTED ITS bought so all u guys agreeing with this suck if ppl want to hack there ps3 or wii or xbox360 then go ahead if sony was smart they would ban them but no they dont even have the numbers microsoft got there are about if not more than 20 million ppl on xbox live that is a paid service with agreements and they dont mind if u hack there equipment or apple anyone of there products so why should we have to say yes cause ur told to hell no i paid 500 bucks to have fun with it and not to have a binding contract to go along with it it makes me want to throw the sh!t away sony has enough money let ppl do wat they want and just oversee everything and take ideas i hack everything another thing why not go after the psp also but i do understand about the pirating which is wrong but ? i do believe u should be able to back-up your games say your kids actually breaks that 60 dollar game wat then u have to buy a new one so now it was 120 dollars then when u trade it in at gamestop that game would be 20 bucks thats not worth it these games should be like 40 bucks so atleast in a month or two when u trade it its half value if u think this is ok wat sony is doing your not a gamer or a hacker your a school girl drink some tea ass shout goes to geohot george hotz
      and to all the hackers out there keep hacking

  • Shawn

    Maybe I'd be happier about the PS3 being hacker free for awhile if it weren't for the fact that it won't read discs and locks up on the main screen after the firmware update.

  • Mat

    Since I installed the v3., I'm unable to used my bluray player for movies or games !
    I don' t know if some one has the same problem. I never hack the ps3.

  • mod_4_lyf

    sherman is right. most people do it for modern warfare 2 challenge lobbies. and im still on 3.56. not update and anyway i dont care about psn. i used dns trick but its patched now :O

  • thebestofall

    yeah mod_4_lyf ur right too sherman

  • Viruxz

    HACKERS suck plan n simple… If you cant play the game then get better at it dont hack it n ruin it for everyone else… N get a job so you can buy your games like the rest of us n quit your crying about not able to have your homebrews n what not

  • Timmyy

    The hell with Sony trying to bogart OUR PAID FOR systems/hardware usage. I think they would do pretty well in the the Nazi party, no?

  • saffronfox

    Maybe if Sony keeped their end of the bargain and never removed services that we all PAID for when we PAID CASH for our consoles then people wouldn't feel the need too hack their systems, until Sony turn Other OS back on i will carry on supporting hackers.

  • Muffin

    While I do agree that if you buy something you should be able to do whatever you want to it, what the hackers are currently doing does go against the Sony ToS. If they had created a custom OS that didn't involve exploiting something in Sony's OS, I would agree thats entirely right to do. You have to remember that "hacking" killed the PsP, and if this happens to the Ps3, Sony could go belly up. Until someone comes up with someway to run homebrew on the Ps3 without enabling piracy, I'm entirely on Sony's side.

  • Patrick

    i agree with SONY on the hackers thing, cause i hate hackers they are low key thieves who sits behind a computer screen robbing us out of our hard earned work cause now i got this 3.60 update and my ps3 freezes up during game play, so i am mad at the hackers for making SONY come up with this update that ruined the old models ps3's. Oh yea SONY make a patch for the older models so the system don't freeze the bluray

  • MrPoopie

    Uh Shoteh? I'm sure you were one of those that ate his veges and believed that Santa really exists. I'm sure if Sony told you in order to play their overpriced consoles you'd have to pay a fee every time you had to press that power button, I'd bet you'd be the first fool to jump at it. :o As far as their terms and contracts, it's them saying "We're the ones that will rob your money and there's nothing you can do about it!". ;o

  • ps3hacker

    what a bunch of sniffling bitches… the only ones against hacking are the ones that are too fuckin stupid to do it!!! get over it bitches, ill never stop hacking and nor will the true hackers out there! FUCK SONY! and if you dont like it, FUCK YOU TOO!! and just so all you sony fanboy hatin ass punks know… im playin on a HACKED ps3 right fuckin now!!! WHAT!

    • Oldtimer

      Judging from your post, I very much doubt you have the intelligence to hack anything. Installing some software that someone else hacked doesn't make you a hacker.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FDKDMDUSZKOB2DD2ISSV3PBBBA Hi Hi

        It just makes you a pirate. Which is still illegal unless you actually own the game or the copyright is outdated.

  • dengxiaoping

    iiiiikk

  • miggsfiggs

    No.I want to be in control of my system.