Archive for: Jailbreak

New PS3 Firmware Update Jailbroken Mere Hours After Release.

  • January 27, 2011 8:37 pm

It wasn’t but a few short articles ago (ok, one article ago) that we noted Geohotz’ legal woes and the initial goal by Sony — to basically ruin him for life. But more exciting than that depressing affair is news that the very same PS3 firmware that was pushed out early, and the one Sony is urging PS3 owners to update to as it features a new security patch, has been jailbroken. The update is really minor in actuality as it features nothing more than a new encryption key which nullifies all previous jailbreaks and homebrew apps. But thanks to Wii hacker Youness Alaoui, (aka: KaKaRoToKs) homebrew PS3 goodness can one again be enjoyed, the key cracked, and the PS3 ripped open once again.

Have fun Sony.

Sony’s Temporary Restraining Order Against Geohot Upheld By California Judge.

  • January 27, 2011 5:24 pm

Today we’ve received word that common sense and practicality do not flow through the minds of California’s legal system — PS3 hacker Geohot had his temporary restraining order upheld. During this the next few weeks, Geohot is supposed to turn over any and all computer/electronic equipment used to hack the PS3 and release the tools in question, help other hackers continue his work, link or speak of the very act of PS3 jailbreaking, and pretty much anything else that is remotely tied to gadgets. Stupid? Yes. But that’s our legal system for ya.

As of now, Sony has but one tiny pat on the back with this restraining order as the real meat and potatoes of the lawsuit is still in the early stages, with each side building their case. From where we stand, Geohot has leg up thanks to the whole DMCA/iPhone jailbreaking saga that went down last year. But we will see, however, how the new DMCA exemptions apply to other similar areas in society.

In other news: Sony once again has shown how incompetent and ignorant they are when it comes to consumers’ rights with their property. The effect from people hacking their PS3′s solely for illegal purposes is small all things considered and not nearly the end of the world scenario they would lead you to believe. With that said, they have managed to drum up a lot more hype about this particular lawsuit and made themselves look like even bigger idiots. Classy.

4.2.1 Untethered Jailbreak Upon Us, Maybe, Probably? SOOOOOON!!!

  • January 21, 2011 4:56 pm

The Chronic Dev Team have shown us a sweet arse demo on the twitters that shows an 4.2.1 untethered jailbreak. This is something that was given as a Christmas present ETA, but with no luck. So here we are - a few weeks later and we at least get a demo. This is a great effort from @0naj, @p0sixninja and @pod2g. And if you’ve been following the tweets you’ll know there is a minor bug where the WiFi icon doesn’t show up. That’s not such a big bug, is it? :) They still have to pack it all pretty like and get the minor bugs worked out before mass consumption. But for all those stuck with a tethered jailbreak at 4.2.1, your days are gonna get a whole lot Apple USBless… We’ll definitely let you know when the tool is released.

Video after the break…

Geohot Launches “Ra1nb0wra1n” Web App Jailbreak Tool.

  • January 20, 2011 2:14 pm


With each iOS device and firmware version released, another something-ra1n is pushed out not too long after. With that said, the number of different jailbreaking utilities carrying the “rain” name tag was getting out of control. With Geohot’s latest “ra1nb0wra1n”, the list grows unfortunately. But it’s actually a good thing. The new http://www.ra1nb0wra1n.com/ is an all-in-one web app jailbreak tool to help simplify the jailbreaking process no matter what device you have. Since Apple isn’t going to stop locking down their iOS devices anytime soon (with eager and determined iOS hackers to follow their lead), we suppose this new web app is a good thing. Video inside…

Geohot Has A Friend In Microsoft: Free Windows Phone 7 Dev Phone Offered.

  • January 20, 2011 1:32 pm


Geohot is Sony’s new best enemy thanks to his efforts in giving back functionality to end users that Sony has stripped away. But it appears that while Sony whittles away at his finances and self image, a new friendship is being born. An “entrepreneur on loan” to Microsoft, @BrandonWatson, sent Geohot a tweet stating that the Windows Phone 7 development team would give him a Windows Phone 7 dev phone if he contacted the group via email — a bold, but much needed move by Microsoft. By offering a helping hand (however big or small) to a very prominent developer, especially a developer in the middle of a legal battle because of his “open” nature, Microsoft is giving Windows Phone 7′s brand image a much needed boost in the developer support department.

We don’t know if Geohot took up Watson on his offer, though the hacker did voice interest on his own Twitter account in recent weeks of purchasing a Windows Phone 7 device out of pocket. Either way, it’s a fresh change of events considering Apple and Sony’s current views on the matter.

PS3 Hacker George Hotz Interviewed.

  • January 17, 2011 10:10 am


George Hotz is one of the biggest news items in the tech world in there here and now. He is the little guy, a small time hacker who took down the iPhone, and has now taken down the PS3. Sony is a multi-billion dollar company who doesn’t like Geohot’s tinkering. A fight for generations to come for sure. The legal battle has already begun, with a recent court appearance ending with the judge questioning why the lawsuit was in her California court room. (George Hotz lives in New Jersey.)

But as we wait for the legal proceedings to…um…proceed, hop on past the break to check out George on camera as he was invited to speak on G4′s “The Loop”. In the interview, he goes over the basic concept of his PS3 jailbreak and reveals something pretty astonishing — he actually designed it specifically to block pirated games and similar content. So why is Sony suing him? Good question. Video after the break…

Fail0verflow Releases Full Suite Of Tools And Resources For PS3 Hacking.

  • January 15, 2011 8:56 pm

Perhaps the Fail0ver team had a bad night, lost a few too many rounds of poker, or maybe, just maybe, they are retaliating to Sony’s BS lawsuit over PS3 jailbreaking. (I’m going to go out on a limb and focus on the latter.) Regardless, the fail0verflow team has made their entire suite of tools available online and has even gone as far as to ask people to copy/download/redistribute/mirror said tools for future use. Looks like Sony is rattling the hornets nest.

LEGAL TOOLS that do not contain any keys or any SONY software created by the team fail0verflow (please clone this respositoy and avoid to the big fish eats the small fish using the money and the recurses of one Multinational against talented people that seeking new hombrew uses in the PS3 console and the return of Linux)

Sony vs. Geohot Judge: Why Is This In California?

  • January 14, 2011 7:58 pm

A couple of weeks ago, former iOS jailbreaker and current PS3 hacker, George Hotz aka “Geohot”, released (in coordination with the fail0ver team) code to crack the PS3′s hardware and software encryption thus allowing home brew software to be installed and run. Sony naturally wasn’t all to happy, and just recently responded with a lawsuit asking for unspecified monetary damages as well as the complete removal of any and all traces of Geohot’s crack from the internet (good luck with that Sony).

With that said, today began the first in a series of court appearances for Geohot and Sony in a California court, with the focus of this morning’s early meeting being to determine whether or not Geohot had to surrender all of his electronic gear as the case moves forward. Thankfully, common sense did play a small role in the court room today, with the presiding Judge Susan Illston questioning Sony’s argument that the case should be tried in California because Geohot (from New Jersey) received funds from PayPal (located in California) and posted the hack and code on Twitter and YouTube (also from California). Illston said that if Sony’s argument were taken seriously, the entire world’s problems and legal battles would be under her jurisdiction. As such, she put off any pending decision on Geohot’s electronic devices and further trials in California on hold until a later, unconfirmed date.

Score 1 for common sense. 0 for Sony.

iOS 4.3 Beta Cracked With Latest PwnageTool Update.

  • January 14, 2011 8:54 am


If you’re the type to jailbreak your iPhone and happen to be part of the developer program and the pre-release version of iOS, the latest version of PwnageTool is worth a look. Specifically, iPhone 4 users on running the recently released 4.3 beta can jailbreak their phones. The updated PwnageTool uses Geohot’s Limera1n boot-room based exploit to get the deed done. With that said, iPhone users wanting to preserve the baseband for unlock purposes need to hold off for now as this solution overwrites said baseband with a new one.

Give the instructions a thorough reading and proceed with caution.