Remember that news story we ran some months ago in regards to if you can hack a PS3, you'll get one? Yeah, well, nobody won. The challenge was to hack an open platform PS3 that was running Linux and operating online. In other words, this test was to see how secure would the PS3 be as a dedicated server. The founder of the Japanese web hosting company Shimpinomori, Augustin Vidovic, was pleasantly surprised – the company was also the one who issued this challenge in the first place.
After hundreds of thousands of attempts, the PlayStation 3 managed to go unhacked by hackers from all around the globe; and this went on for two months non-stop. Yes, the PS3 was turned on and online for nearly 1440 hours. Coincidentally, this also made Augustin Vidovic realize that the PS3 can run for such an extensive amount of time and not overheat or malfunction.
"I was half expecting that someone would find a crack in the Linux setup, and it did not happen," he said. "Nobody could hack into the PS3."
Vidovic has more than 1GB worth of logs of all of the attempts taken to hack the PS3. Vidovic called the attempts "unimaginative". There was one quirky little exploit found, but nothing remotely noteworthy; it was a bottleneck exploit that allowed the "hacker" to limit the number of people that can connect to the PS3 at once and hack it.
Remember, this isn't about hacking the PS3's firmware – it's about the PS3's infrastructure capabilities, it's prowess to withstand online hackers that may want to corrupt your console with malicious viruses and bugs.