Not one week ago Sony released a new PlayStation 3 firmware update which implemented cloud-saving for its PlayStation Plus subscribers and featured some understandably secretive behind-the-scenes security features meant to prevent future hacking.
Today, a hacker is purporting that he broke firmware 3.60 and posted a video to prove it.
YouTube user ThatBoringHacker uploaded, and promptly removed, the video (simply titled "3.60 jailbroken") which featured a brief display of his work. One of ThatBoringHacker's videos was downloaded and republished by another YouTube user who many channel commenters are claiming is a Wanikoko imposter.
While not providing any tangible information on exactly how he cracked the firmware, the end result certainly seems legit: homebrew running on 3.60. He even highlighted the "Online Storage" option to prove the demonstration was running on the latest firmware.
The ability to back-up game saves to the cloud is only available after the installation of 3.60.
When approached for comment on why the videos were removed, ThatBoringHacker told MyCE "I do not wish to be sued by Sony, nor do I wish to be tracked by them. I wish to remain anonymous at the moment."
A quick look at his YouTube profile provides some interesting information. The account was opened just yesterday, which brings up several possibilities. Is this an alternate account of a well-known hacker? An elaborate prank? Playstation-focused hacker blog PS3Crunch uncovered that the video was originally spread via a tweet by Omega, who they claim is a PS3 developer.
The video itself appears legitimate, but barring released code and confirmation from others running the hack it's difficult to say for sure.
This story will be updated as more facts are uncovered.
[UPDATE] Myce was able to speak directly with "ThatBoringHacker," the YouTube user who uploaded yesterday's 3.60 hack videos. He also alleges to be the one behind cracking the firmware. It's a long, interesting and provocative discussion - - one that we advise taking with a grain of salt until further information can be gleaned. Check it out here.