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  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 29/04/2010 , @ 08:16pm


    Ac_K has updated his PS3 Pup Extractor program, the following changes are :

    - HMAC SHA-1 Added.
    - Little Improvement of UI.
    - Download of 3.21 / 3.30 Added.
    - Preview of Updated_Files.tar Added.



    Ac_K On Twitter

  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 29/04/2010 , @ 04:31pm


    A 17-year-old computer hacker from Latrobe who disabled a worldwide video gaming Internet site must serve one year on probation, perform 250 hours of community service and repay Sony Corp. $5,000.

    The sentencing order from Westmoreland County Judge John Driscoll for the 11th-grader at Greater Latrobe High School was obtained Wednesday by the Tribune-Review.

    The teen in February was adjudicated delinquent, the juvenile court equivalent of a guilty verdict, of four felony counts for planting a computer virus that caused the Sony Entertainment Corp.’s gaming Web site to repeatedly crash Nov. 16-26, 2008.

    Driscoll said a report by the juvenile probation department determined the teen led a normal life, was a good student and participated in school activities.

    The investigation concluded that the teen may have developed an obsession about winning while spending an inordinate amount of time late at night playing computer games, according to Driscoll.

    “This offense, by its very nature (which is similar to serious attacks against national cybersecurity), caused great alarm within Sony Corp. and the FBI. One would expect that anti-social or sociopathic individuals would commit such a computer crime; nevertheless, the juvenile seems to have accepted personal responsibility and agrees he should be held accountable,” Driscoll wrote in his order.

    Sony asked for more than $33,200 in restitution, but the judge ruled that amount would be too excessive for the teen.

    The investigation, conducted by the FBI and Greensburg police Sgt. Robert Jones, determined the teen crippled Sony’s online PlayStation site in retaliation for being kicked off the site for cheating while playing a war game called SOCOM U.S. Navy Seals. The teen used an at-home gaming console to compete against players around the world.

    Jones testified in a hearing earlier this year that the teen used hacker tools to contact computers around the world that had been infected with a virus. Those computers were directed by the teen to clog three games on the PlayStation site, causing it to crash and go off-line.

    The juvenile was found guilty of unlawful use of a computer, criminal use of a computer, computer trespassing and the distribution of a computer virus. State prosecutors agreed to withdraw 11 other related offenses, including those filed for a similar computer attack against Sony in March 2009.

    The Tribune-Review does not routinely disclose the names of defendants in juvenile court.

    Kyle Baxter, the boy’s attorney, did not return a call seeking comment yesterday. Assistant District Attorney Kelly Hammers could not be reached for comment yesterday.

    Original Source

  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 29/04/2010 , @ 01:17pm


    A couple of weeks ago David Jaffe, the director behind the Twisted metal series and the God Of War series, said on his twitter feed that game sharing is horse sh*t, here is the tweet:

    “@zKAPOWz No, but I think game sharing on PSN is utter horse shit. Why is it ok to buy a game and give it to 2-5 peeps 4 free? Insane!”
    “Assuming game sharing is still working that way on PSN. It’s been a while since I checked. Coulda been shut down for all I know.”

    He has since made a video blog making clear exactly what he meant, in it he basically states that he dosnt mind game sharing on different consoles in the same house, but what he detests is people joining forums and sharing games( i guess he wont like this site then >.<), here is the video in which he discus's his views on Game Sharing and DLC(Download Content).

    Thanks to Ironstar for the story.

  • Posted by Pirate , on 29/04/2010 , @ 08:12am


    sonicps posted a link, containing a PDF of a Class Action Lawsuit filed against SCEA, on the 27 of April 2010 by one Anthony Ventura.
    The important bits are as follows:

    Anthony Ventura, on behalf of himself and others similarly situated Vs Sony Computer Entertainment America

    Nature Of Case

    1. This class action to redress Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc’s (“Sony”) intentional disablement of the valuable functionalities originally advertised as available with the Sony Playstation 3 console (the “PS3″). This disablement is not only a breach of the sales contract between Sony and its customers and a breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, but is also an unfair and deceptive business practice perpetrated on millions of unsuspecting consumers.
    2. This suit is brought on behalf of a nationwide class of all persons who purchased a PS3 during the period November 17, 2006 to march 27, 2010 and who did not resell their PS3 before march 27, 2010 (the “Class”) It seeks, inter alia, damages for plaintiff and each class member, including but not limited to compensatory damages; restitution; injunctive relief; attorney’s fees; and costs of this suit.

    Click For Full PDF

    I wish Anthony Ventura all the best of luck with this case, as it will be hard and would like to thank him on behalf of all HaXNetwork members affected.

  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 28/04/2010 , @ 04:28am


    Now don’t go getting exited, it isn’t free…..

    Sony Japan have decided to offer an upgrade, where they take your console, back up your data, install a 250GB HDD and restore your data, all for a “measly” ¥18,000, which works out at the time of publishing this thread, $192/£126/€146, no word of this coming to US or Europe.
    Most of us here know how to do this ourselves, but there are people out there that are either dont know how to do the whole process, or are too busy, so i guess this suits them.

    The models affected:
    * CECHA00 (60GB)
    * CECHB00 (20GB)
    * CECHH00 (40GB)
    * CECHL00 (80GB)
    * CECHQ00 (160GB)
    * CECH-2000A (120GB)

    Thanks to Andriasang for the translation.

    Original Source

  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 27/04/2010 , @ 03:41pm


    Hardware modifying genius Ben Heck has done it again, he has created a beautiful work of art, this time a second laptop made from a slim PS3.

    # 17″ widescreen 720p HDMI display.
    # Built-in stereo speakers & headphone jack.
    # Compartment to store power cord. (left side bottom of unit)
    # Stylish pin striping to make games run at blast processing!
    # More air holes than a stock Slim, not that it really needs them (cough cough Xbox 360)



  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 27/04/2010 , @ 03:14pm


    First it was reported that the online super site Amazon gave a partial refund to a customer for the loss of the OtherOS, then not long after, we reported here at HaXNetwork that Sony were refusing to refund PS3 users for the loss of the Other OS function, stating that it was up to retailers if they wanted to refund.

    Now it emerges that ThreeDog from Maxconsole tried to get a refund from the UK’s largest gaming mega store GAME.

    This is the response email from GAME:

    Thank you for your email.

    Thanks for your email, may I at the outset apologise for the delayed response. We are currently receiving a high number of emails and we are working to respond as quickly as possible.

    I can confirm that GAME are not in a position to offer a refund for your PS3 console.

    Upon setup of your PS3 console you would have agreed to a set of Terms and conditions, it is in these Terms and Conditions that Sony did make provisions to effect an upgrade that could cause a loss of functionality. If you refer to Paragraph 10 of the Playstation Network Terms of Service and User agreement you will be able to see the full details.

    It is consumer choice when it comes to accepting updates, if you choose not to update your console then GAME cannot be held responsible for loss of functionality.

    You may wish to contact Sony, 08447 360 595 with regards to this issue who may be able to assist you further on this occasion.

    Lucy M
    The Team at GAME


    So it seems that both Sony and retailers are refusing to give refunds, is it now time to put up and shut up ?

  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 27/04/2010 , @ 07:36am


    KillerBug from Afterdawn was worried about overheating issues regarding his PS3, so he decided to modify his console, so that his fans are always at full speed, here is a quote from the thread:

    I just forced my fan to run at full speed all the time…now my PS3 won’t even get warm. It is a PWM fan, so it always gets power and ground…you just need to send a 3.3v power to it’s pwm wire, and it will run full speed. The side of the PWM wire that goes to the mainboard is just cut off (and later taped up). Note: you cannot run the power and ground from the fan direct to the power supply; the PS3 will detect a fan failure if you do this.

      Note that this is a 40GB PS3 and the console gets very loud.

      Full story Here

  • Posted by Pirate , on 26/04/2010 , @ 08:58am


    We covered the tear down of the 120GB slim PS3(CECH-2000A) here, which had a 65nm RSX GPU chip, Sony has since released a 120GB PS3(CECH-2100A) with a 40nm RSX GPU chip, this is said to be letting Sony finally profit on the sale of its console, whilst the PS3 has the benefit of less power consumption.

    Japanese website Pocketnews did a complete tear down of the new 120GB(CECH-2100A)version.

    Here are the weight comparisons of the cooling unit, including fan:

    20/60GB model (CECHA00): 805g
    40GB Model (CECHH00): 725g
    80GB Model (CECHL00): 625g
    120GB model (CECH-2000A): 545g
    120GB model (CECH-2100A): 408g

    120GB (CECH-2100A) Cooling unit and fan.

    Further Images:

    For full story and source:
    Slim PS3 Teardown

  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 26/04/2010 , @ 06:51am


    I remember reading a couple of threads, asking if it was possible to play the PS3 on a laptop, whilst yes it was possible, the quality would have been rubbish, XCM have brought out a USB 2 device for, PS3/Xbox 360, Wii etc, that enables high quality play back on a laptop/notebook monitor, beware though, that it wont give you HD resolutions.


    Fully Compatible with Xbox 360™, Wii™, PS3™/PS2™, PSP 2000/3000 series™, Xbox™ GameCube™ or any device with component output. You can record gameplay, movie or take a screenshot of the gameplay to the hard drive so you can edit, use it as a wallpaper or record your gameplay for analysis.

    Compatible with Window 7, Window Vista and Window XP

    Function :
    1) Crystal Clear Picture Screen.
    2) Supports USB 2.0. Plug and play. Does not require any configuration
    3) Supports Streaming Video. Can be stored in multiple formats including: (MPEG-1/MPEG-2/MPEG-4/AVI/VCD/DVD/SVCD)
    4) Supports multiple picture file formats such as JPEG and GIF.
    5) Supports multiple input formats such as (NTSC/PAL/SECAM)
    6) Auto playback allows you to store in game action to your PC/laptop
    7) Display settings can be adjusted such as Brightness/Contrast/Image Sharpness/Fullness/Color
    8) Supports Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP operating systems

  • Posted by Pirate , on 25/04/2010 , @ 12:47pm


    Haxnetwork member NOkk3r1 has came up with a very simple solution to fix your YLOD PS3, with minimum disassembly and risks. His simple method adds pressure to the PS3 GPU and CPU via washers. You can read his post/tutorial here. He claims that he used this method on various PS3′s with good results on all of them.

    Alternatively you can also view the heatgun method here (slightly more technical).

  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 24/04/2010 , @ 06:48am


    vosman brings you version v2.1 of his PSP plugin, which lets your homebrew enabled PSP access PSN and play online.

    This is an update of one of the greatest PSP plugins ever made.
    Problems fixed in this update (2.1):
    You dont need to change the settings in the Recovery Menu (fixed error 0×20000001, no recovery setting (fake region) required).M33 update must be disabled.
    Changes on 2.0:
    * supports automatic login (auto-sign in supported).
    * disable the menu hotkey.
    * using the new system function modification method is no longer a simple string that changes PSNabler.

    Problems with the first edition: (Translated)
    * Dynasty Warriors download joint raid with the letter can not, network warfare can not, it is because the game has additional protection, need money to buy a license key, and then activated in the PSN account management, similar to the game There are seals 3, Phantasy Star 2 and so on.
    * PSN most shops can not download the DEMO game, because these games to the machine authentication, game certification will appear (80109d80) errors, unexplained, it may try to use the MEDIA GO certified machine, or to rise to 6.20 official firmware, certification good lower and lower back.
    * Some of the unit is a mess of connection error, I do not know the reason why I never appeared. PSP-2000 with the Japanese version of the machine, the system 5.50GEN-D3 final version, 5.00M33-6 also tried, no problem.

    1)Add following line into vsh.txt/game.txt
    ms0:/seplugins/psnfucker.prx 1
    2)Go to Recovery Menu and enable this plugin (if it isnt already enabled)


    Translated Source

    Original Source

  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 22/04/2010 , @ 01:46pm


    Sony released their FW 3.30 yesterday, and today they also updated their ToS.
    Their seems to be rumors flying around (mainly by an unnamed site) that in the new terms of service, Sony has implemented a rule that allows them to conduct automatic firmware updates. We believe this is not true, why? Because its actually been in their terms of service since 2008, the only thing that was done was some rewording. I have provided a comparison of the 2008 version and 2010 version that has been causing confusion:


    From time to time, it may become necessary for SCEA to provide certain content or services to you to ensure that PSN, content or services offered through PSN, your PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system or other SCEA-authorized hardware is functioning properly in accordance with SCEA guidelines. Some content or services may be provided automatically without notice when you sign into PSN. Such content or service may include automatic updates or upgrades which may change your current operating system, cause a loss of data or content or cause a loss of functionalities or utilities. Such upgrades or updates may be provided for system software for your PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, or other SCEA-authorized hardware. Access or use to any system software is subject to terms and conditions of a separate end user license agreement found at http://www.us.playstation.com/termsofuse. You authorize SCEA to provide such content and services and agree that SCEA shall not be liable for any damages arising from provision of such content or services or maintenance services. It is recommended that you regularly back up any data located on the hard disk that is of a type that can be backed up.


    From time to time, it may become necessary for SCEA to provide certain content to you to ensure that Sony Online Services and content offered through Sony Online Services, your PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system or other SCEA-authorized hardware is functioning properly in accordance with SCEA guidelines. Some content may be provided automatically without notice when you sign in. Such content may include automatic updates or upgrades which may change your current operating system, cause a loss of data or content or cause a loss of functionalities or utilities. Such upgrades or updates may be provided for system software for your PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system, or other SCEA-authorized hardware. Access or use to any system software is subject to terms and conditions of a separate end user license agreement found at http://www.us.playstation.com/termsofuse. You authorize SCEA to provide such content and agree that SCEA shall not be liable for any damages, loss of data or loss of functionalities arising from provision of such content or maintenance services. It is recommended that you regularly back up any archivable data located on the hard disk.

    Source: scroll down to section 11 of Version 3.0 (July 15, 2008)

    Section 11 of The 2010 TOS

  • Posted by Pirate , on 21/04/2010 , @ 11:24pm


    Sony has released PS3 FW 3.30 today, details and download link follow:

    Hi everyone, in our continued effort to provide the best, most comprehensive entertainment experience possible, we’ll be adding a few new features to PlayStation 3 (PS3) via the latest system software update, which is a mandatory update and will be available shortly. Most notably, you’ll see some new sorting options within Trophies that make it easier to claim bragging rights among your friends on PlayStation Network.

    • Trophy enhancements –- Now you can more easily sort trophies in the [Trophy Collection] and [Comparing Trophy] sections. Sorting can be done with [Trophy Collection] in the [Game Category] and also when comparing trophies with your friends in the [Friend Category]
      • Trophy Folder (Title List) can be sorted by game name/ by title according to the date in which you earned your last trophy (ascending/descending)
      • Add-on list (Group list) can be sorted by original/the date in which you earned your last trophy (ascending/descending)
      • Trophy list can be sorted by original/trophy name/grade/date of obtaining the trophy (ascending/descending)

    In addition, this update preps the PS3 system for some upcoming new features, including 3D stereoscopic gaming, which is coming soon to PS3, in time for the launch of Sony’s 3D BRAVIA TVs.

    Let us know your thoughts and as always, we look forward to your feedback.

    [Download FW 3.30]

  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 20/04/2010 , @ 11:40am


    It seems that a few websites are reporting that PSN has been hacked, i personally don’t think it has been, it seems an over exaggeration, or misunderstanding, im not quite sure which, but i guess only time will tell on the matter.
    Anyhow, website Ironstar reported in the early hours of this morning, that one of its members had fallen foul to a PSN chain letter, which when clicked on, it redirected him to a code geneartor site, stealing his PSN log in details and Credit Card information, here is an quote from the site:
    Ironstar: http://www.ironstarmovement.com/profiles/blogs/the-playstation-network-is

    This issue does not involve general chain letters sent around PSN, the article is referring to chain letters containing PSN code generator website URLs specifically. Our colleague did not enter any credit card information into any malicious website. His PSN account information including his credit card info was somehow obtained through the PlayStation Network, because he opened the message sent to him. More PSN users have stepped forward and reported suspicious purchases appearing on their billing transactions. If you haven’t noticed any suspicious activity on your account but you have opened one of these specific chain messages or went to a malicious code generator website on your PS3 we strongly recommend that you take precautions.

    He claims that he did not enter any credit card details, but it dosnt say that he didnt enter his PSN log in details, there are numerous sites and programs out there that ask you to put in your PSN log in details and youll get so much £/$ free, these of course are scams, so did the user of Ironstar, enter in his log in details in hope of getting free credits, or is there a a site out there that is able to sniff all your details, you decide.

    A couple of tips to keep you safe:
    1.Delete any spam/junk messages straight away and delete/block the sender, DO NOT open them.
    2.NEVER give your PSN log in details to anyone, site or program.

  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 18/04/2010 , @ 08:23pm


    We are a bit late on this one, by about three weeks, but i know a lot of you guys use this software, so here it is, the latest beta version of PS3 Media Server.


    v1.20.409 BETA

    - Changes / Features

    MediaInfo support by default for PS3/XBOX, ongoing work on other renderers:
    -> Faster XMB navigation (faster parsing, plus file list appears before thumbnails generation)
    -> Proper auto detection of non supported files (PS3: Mpeg w/ DTS, Qpel/Gmc/H264 AVI files, Apple Lossless AAC files, 6 channels WMV, etc.)
    OS X: Switched to Java 6 which means Tiger is no longer supported, Leopard only with a 64bit capable processor (Intel Core 2 or newer) and Snow Leopard works with all Intel processors.
    AIFF support
    MP4 Cover art support

    - Fixes

    Issues with some audio m4a and video mp4 files (wrong mime types)
    Slowdown on FLAC media library scan



  • Posted by Pirate , on 18/04/2010 , @ 03:21pm


    Ok guys, i decided to make this post, because some of you have decided to believe that George Hotz has said it is ok to update your PS3, the Hotz in question http://disqus.com/George_Hotz/ , this guy is masquerading  a s George Hotz and is not to be beleived.

    When ever the real George Hotz makes progress, he will post here http://geohotps3.blogspot.com/ he will make it a new subject, not post on a subject that is highly spammed or he will post here http://twitter.com/geohot

    So you have read it here, the post claiming that you can update to 3.21 and still use the CFW, is fake and if you do update, you have no one to blame but yourself.

  • Posted by Pirate , on 18/04/2010 , @ 10:09am


    The folks over at Maxconsole have interviewed Mathieulh(well known/respected PSP hacker), about the Playstation 3, the scene and where things are going right now.

    To quote:

    So without further delay, here is the interview between Threedog of MaxConsole and Mathiuelh:

    1: Members have seen you interacting with Geohot, Do you have any personal interest in the PS3 and if so can you tell us anything about your plans? Are you working with Geohot?

    I’ve interacted with a lot of individuals in the past; Geohot is one of them, though one of the most interesting I encountered so far. Although he tends to work alone, we have been exchanging ideas, I helped him with a couple of things, he helped me with a couple of others and so on. He is someone that’s really skilled and I appreciate exchanging thoughts with people like that.

    2: It has taken quite some time to find a way into the PS3, What do you think of Sonys achievements in security? Anything else you want to say about the PS3?

    The playstation 3 security was more the work of IBM than sony’s the idea of using isolated spus as crypto engines in order to hide keys was brilliant, I do not think sony implemented such an idea properly though, as such their current architecture has a few security design flaws on its own that I noticed.

    I believe it has pretty much been security through obfuscation all along.

    3: What do you think of Sonys removal of Other OS as a preventative measure, Do you feel it is right to blame ‘hackers’ or ‘pirates’ for its removal?

    I believe sony wanted a pretext to remove otheros and found one in Geohot’s hack. I do not believe this is the right approach, it would have paid off to talk with hackers and homebrew developers in the first place and give them compromises, in fact the playstation 3 remained unhacked until sony chose to release ps3 slim systems without the otheros feature in.

    4: Assuming you choose to answer the above, Do you have a counter argument for Sonys statements? and do you think Sony could have fixed this without removing the feature?

    Yes of course they could have, there are several existing ways to close this exploit effectively without removing the otheros feature, they wanted it removed and used it as another pretext to do so, pretty much like the phony one they used for the slim console pretexting that they would have to implement support for it on the new hardware (while it actually would have worked just fine on it, should they had enabled option to do it in the first place). The otheros feature did cause a few security concerns regarding the fact that you could pretty much cold boot the console and use otheros to dump lv2, this could easily be fixed by ensuring that the selected os option is only applied upon proper shutdown though.

    5: How far along is development with the PS3? How much control do we really have? How much work is left for a system that is as ‘open’ as the PSP currently is? If you were to compare the PS3′s current development status to another device such as the PSP which stage would you compare it to?

    We already have a lot, and that’s in a sense the problem because we have too much to work with, too much to reverse… These things take time.
    A huge amount of work is required before we get to a level comparable to the one we have with the psp right now. I would say months at least, if not years of work may still be required.

    6: Are you personally working on the PS3 and if so can you tell us what you are up to? Can you tell us of any personal objectives?

    I am working on the ps3, so are countless of other skilled developers out there, as for my objective, that would be unrestricted homebrews on the device, either on top of lv2 or by the mean of a RTOS.

    7: Member Milkyjoe asks, Why doesn’t Mathieulh release his lvl 1,2 and 3 dumps of the PS3 firmware.

    Because that’s copyrighted data (there is no such thing as lv3 by the way) and I am certainly not putting that in the wild. The people that have a need for these either already have those dumps or the capacities to dump them. There is a certain site (which I wont name) that has been literally whining to various developers (including me) so that we “share” (read leak) the dumps in our possession. They claimed they would do wonders so long as they had the dumps in the first place. When someone finally dumped lv1 and released it in the wild, what did this site ever did with the dump ? Nothing. This is what happens when all the “devs” you have can’t use ida or reverse engineer and that the only thing they could ever do is look at strings with an hex editor.
    On that note I will leave you to think about this.

    8: Member Breakdown has asked multiple questions.

    1. Now that you have dumps of the HV etc.. is there any reverse engineering going on and Is it possible to execute homebrew code on a retail machine if so are there any plans to give the public that ability?

    Yes there are a few people reversing these dumps as we speak, things take time, when there is any development, you shall be kept posted.

    2. If developers are capable of creating custom PUP’s would it be possible to patch future official firmwares to retain the Other OS feature for members that have already updated to 3.21?

    No, because of the coreos revocation checks (among other things) this is for now not a possibility.

    9: Will the Other OS/Playstation 3 hardware still be open to the same attacks when Geohot releases his planned method of upgrade?

    Yes it will.

    10: Do you have a rough ETA for when end-users will have something to play with for example homebrew such as a Quake 1 port?

    No idea. You can already play Quake 1 on otheros using linux I believe.