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Uh..what? Yeah, breaking into a privately-owned business, or hacking a computer network to obtain information is ILLEGAL. Not the "challenge-the-system anarchy style" illegal, the actual I DON'T WANT PEOPLE STEALING STUFF FROM ME illegal. Why did you come into this thread attempting to philosophically analyze the laws in the United States and other countries? That has nothing to do with anything that I said.
Originally Posted by Inaudax
Again, you're also assuming that the PS3 private keys are even stored on a network. They're probably on a computer that hasn't been connected to the internet for years. If that's the case, then I suppose any hacker powerful enough to access said computer would either need 1) insider assistance, or 2) telekinetic powers.
Yeah, someone broke into Sony. Congrats. Do you think Sony is stupid enough to leave their private key list just laying around for anyone to get ahold of? It's probably buried in a vault, with no more than 1-3 people in the world with access to it. Those keys hold the entire encryption system used in the PS3 in check. Sony would rather their customer userbase information be stolen before that private key would ever been leaked.
As for a "simple set of private keys", do you even understand how the ECDSA works? It would take the rest of my entire natural lifespan to calculate these keys. Encryption algorithms this strong are used for security at some of the lowest levels of the internet's existence.
I'm not saying it isn't possible. I'm just saying that Sony might have screwed up a million things, but the chance that they are STUPID ENOUGH to let their private keys get leaked is next to nothing. And I do mean literally next to it.
One final comment: It doesn't matter if YOU feel that stealing isn't wrong. Sony has more money than you, so you will lose that fight.