PSN Hack Only Possible Via Hacked PS3 – Ex-Hacker
Leeming, a former hacker who now works as a security consultant and software developer, thinks that a PlayStation 3 with all of its functions accessible – only possible following the availability of the console's root key courtesy of GeoHot – was "definitely" used to infiltrate the PlayStation Network
"Unless I've misunderstood a really big part in how all this unravelled, I'm almost positive that's how it happened, to the point that I even read a number of documents released on how the PS3 works and what it can do," he told NowGamer.
Leeming added that he didn't personally beleive the original PSN breach was malicious.
"I think what actually happened was that someone with a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of spare time found that they were able to execute functions on Sony's servers while using one of these PlayStations in development mode and thought 'oh wow, this is really f***ing cool' and got a little bit carried away, to the point that it's now being investigated by the FBI etc," he added. "I don't think it was ever planned, it was just a case of curiosity."
Leeming earlier said that he thought new DDOS attacks on Sony sites by Anonymous are highly likely.