Cryptography failure leads to easy hacking for PlayStation Classic

Cryptography failure leads to easy hacking for PlayStation Classic

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Console hackers such as Yifan Lu and madmonkey1907 have been documenting the process online, and have reported discovering that the decryption keys for the PlayStation Classic's system codes are hidden in the system itself, opening up the system to all sorts of hacks, The Verge reports. The underlying code that runs on game console is encrypted to prevent people from tampering with it, but in this case the tools to unlock and start changing how the console operates were available to anyone who dug through the code by copying it onto a PC.

The PlayStation Classic hasn't even been out for 10 days and has already been easily cracked by hackers, according to a report from Ars Technica. Instead of a private key that is usually exclusive only to Sony.

The PlayStation Classic is Sony's answer to Nintendo's NES and SNES Mini retro consoles.

If you keep tabs on the competition, you will have no doubt have heard about the PlayStation Classic. Now that hackers were able to crack the mini console, users can play other games that are not part of the original 20 preinstalled titles on the PlayStation Classic.

The Play Station Classic is a smaller recreation of the original
The Play Station Classic is a smaller recreation of the original

KitGuru Says: While I adore the nostalgia that all of the Classic devices bring with them, I can't help but dislike the limitations of a locked-down system where I'm unable to purchase more games if I choose.

In the wake of such discoveries, PlayStation Classic owners have already been formatting their consoles to run new sets of old PlayStation games. By using an external USB drive, the hackers were able to utilize their own software.

Making matters worse, hacker yifanlu streamed his deeds on Twitch, explaining that there was no further security on "signature checks", which means it was possible to load pretty much anything onto the device using USB, as he shows with a video of Crash Bandicoot running on the Classic.

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