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Sony Marketing Man Tweets PS3 Master Key

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the social-hacking dept.

Encryption 351

An anonymous reader writes "Sony Marketing Man, Kevin Butler's official Twitter feed retweets a post by @exiva that posts the PS3 Master key. Kevin Butler who has over 69,000 followers tweet read (The tweet now deleted): '@TheKevinButler Lemme guess... you sank my Battleship? RT @exiva: 46 DC EA D3 17 FE 45 D8 09 23 EB 97 E4 95 64 10 D4 CD B2 C2 Come at me, @TheKevinButler'" Here is a screenshot of the tweet.

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Errr... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35150368)

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I'm looking for a different jailbreak code... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35150410)

Congratulations on your purchase of a brand new nigger! If handled properly, your apeman will give years of valuable, if reluctant, service.

INSTALLING YOUR NIGGER.
You should install your nigger differently according to whether you have purchased the field or house model. Field niggers work best in a serial configuration, i.e. chained together. Chain your nigger to another nigger immediately after unpacking it, and don't even think about taking that chain off, ever. Many niggers start singing as soon as you put a chain on them. This habit can usually be thrashed out of them if nipped in the bud. House niggers work best as standalone units, but should be hobbled or hamstrung to prevent attempts at escape. At this stage, your nigger can also be given a name. Most owners use the same names over and over, since niggers become confused by too much data. Rufus, Rastus, Remus, Toby, Carslisle, Carlton, Hey-You!-Yes-you!, Yeller, Blackstar, and Sambo are all effective names for your new buck nigger. If your nigger is a ho, it should be called Latrelle, L'Tanya, or Jemima. Some owners call their nigger hoes Latrine for a joke. Pearl, Blossom, and Ivory are also righteous names for nigger hoes. These names go straight over your nigger's head, by the way.

CONFIGURING YOUR NIGGER
Owing to a design error, your nigger comes equipped with a tongue and vocal chords. Most niggers can master only a few basic human phrases with this apparatus - "muh dick" being the most popular. However, others make barking, yelping, yapping noises and appear to be in some pain, so you should probably call a vet and have him remove your nigger's tongue. Once de-tongued your nigger will be a lot happier - at least, you won't hear it complaining anywhere near as much. Niggers have nothing interesting to say, anyway. Many owners also castrate their niggers for health reasons (yours, mine, and that of women, not the nigger's). This is strongly recommended, and frankly, it's a mystery why this is not done on the boat

HOUSING YOUR NIGGER.
Your nigger can be accommodated in cages with stout iron bars. Make sure, however, that the bars are wide enough to push pieces of nigger food through. The rule of thumb is, four niggers per square yard of cage. So a fifteen foot by thirty foot nigger cage can accommodate two hundred niggers. You can site a nigger cage anywhere, even on soft ground. Don't worry about your nigger fashioning makeshift shovels out of odd pieces of wood and digging an escape tunnel under the bars of the cage. Niggers never invented the shovel before and they're not about to now. In any case, your nigger is certainly too lazy to attempt escape. As long as the free food holds out, your nigger is living better than it did in Africa, so it will stay put. Buck niggers and hoe niggers can be safely accommodated in the same cage, as bucks never attempt sex with black hoes.

FEEDING YOUR NIGGER.
Your Nigger likes fried chicken, corn bread, and watermelon. You should therefore give it none of these things because its lazy ass almost certainly doesn't deserve it. Instead, feed it on porridge with salt, and creek water. Your nigger will supplement its diet with whatever it finds in the fields, other niggers, etc. Experienced nigger owners sometimes push watermelon slices through the bars of the nigger cage at the end of the day as a treat, but only if all niggers have worked well and nothing has been stolen that day. Mike of the Old Ranch Plantation reports that this last one is a killer, since all niggers steal something almost every single day of their lives. He reports he doesn't have to spend much on free watermelon for his niggers as a result. You should never allow your nigger meal breaks while at work, since if it stops work for more than ten minutes it will need to be retrained. You would be surprised how long it takes to teach a nigger to pick cotton. You really would. Coffee beans? Don't ask. You have no idea.

MAKING YOUR NIGGER WORK.
Niggers are very, very averse to work of any kind. The nigger's most prominent anatomical feature, after all, its oversized buttocks, which have evolved to make it more comfortable for your nigger to sit around all day doing nothing for its entire life. Niggers are often good runners, too, to enable them to sprint quickly in the opposite direction if they see work heading their way. The solution to this is to *dupe* your nigger into working. After installation, encourage it towards the cotton field with blows of a wooden club, fence post, baseball bat, etc., and then tell it that all that cotton belongs to a white man, who won't be back until tomorrow. Your nigger will then frantically compete with the other field niggers to steal as much of that cotton as it can before the white man returns. At the end of the day, return your nigger to its cage and laugh at its stupidity, then repeat the same trick every day indefinitely. Your nigger comes equipped with the standard nigger IQ of 75 and a memory to match, so it will forget this trick overnight. Niggers can start work at around 5am. You should then return to bed and come back at around 10am. Your niggers can then work through until around 10pm or whenever the light fades.

ENTERTAINING YOUR NIGGER.
Your nigger enjoys play, like most animals, so you should play with it regularly. A happy smiling nigger works best. Games niggers enjoy include: 1) A good thrashing: every few days, take your nigger's pants down, hang it up by its heels, and have some of your other niggers thrash it with a club or whip. Your nigger will signal its intense enjoyment by shrieking and sobbing. 2) Lynch the nigger: niggers are cheap and there are millions more where yours came from. So every now and then, push the boat out a bit and lynch a nigger.

Lynchings are best done with a rope over the branch of a tree, and niggers just love to be lynched. It makes them feel special. Make your other niggers watch. They'll be so grateful, they'll work harder for a day or two (and then you can lynch another one). 3) Nigger dragging: Tie your nigger by one wrist to the tow bar on the back of suitable vehicle, then drive away at approximately 50mph. Your nigger's shrieks of enjoyment will be heard for miles. It will shriek until it falls apart. To prolong the fun for the nigger, do *NOT* drag him by his feet, as his head comes off too soon. This is painless for the nigger, but spoils the fun. Always wear a seatbelt and never exceed the speed limit. 4) Playing on the PNL: a variation on (2), except you can lynch your nigger out in the fields, thus saving work time. Niggers enjoy this game best if the PNL is operated by a man in a tall white hood. 5) Hunt the nigger: a variation of Hunt the Slipper, but played outdoors, with Dobermans. WARNING: do not let your Dobermans bite a nigger, as they are highly toxic.

DISPOSAL OF DEAD NIGGERS.
Niggers die on average at around 40, which some might say is 40 years too late, but there you go. Most people prefer their niggers dead, in fact. When yours dies, report the license number of the car that did the drive-by shooting of your nigger. The police will collect the nigger and dispose of it for you.

COMMON PROBLEMS WITH NIGGERS - MY NIGGER IS VERY AGGRESIVE
Have it put down, for god's sake. Who needs an uppity nigger? What are we, short of niggers or something?

MY NIGGER KEEPS RAPING WHITE WOMEN
They all do this. Shorten your nigger's chain so it can't reach any white women, and arm heavily any white women who might go near it.

WILL MY NIGGER ATTACK ME?
Not unless it outnumbers you 20 to 1, and even then, it's not likely. If niggers successfully overthrew their owners, they'd have to sort out their own food. This is probably why nigger uprisings were nonexistent (until some fool gave them rights).

MY NIGGER bitches ABOUT ITS "RIGHTS" AND "RACISM".
Yeah, well, it would. Tell it to shut the fuck up.

MY NIGGER'S HIDE IS A FUNNY COLOR. - WHAT IS THE CORRECT SHADE FOR A NIGGER?
A nigger's skin is actually more or less transparent. That brown color you can see is the shit your nigger is full of. This is why some models of nigger are sold as "The Shitskin".

MY NIGGER ACTS LIKE A NIGGER, BUT IS WHITE.
What you have there is a "wigger". Rough crowd. WOW!

IS THAT LIKE AN ALBINO? ARE THEY RARE?
They're as common as dog shit and about as valuable. In fact, one of them was President between 1992 and 2000. Put your wigger in a cage with a few hundred genuine niggers and you'll soon find it stops acting like a nigger. However, leave it in the cage and let the niggers dispose of it. The best thing for any wigger is a dose of TNB.

MY NIGGER SMELLS REALLY BAD
And you were expecting what?

SHOULD I STORE MY DEAD NIGGER?
When you came in here, did you see a sign that said "Dead nigger storage"? .That's because there ain't no goddamn sign.

Well, this just goes to show ... (1)

krzysz00 (1842280) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150418)

... why marketing should hold all the crypto keys. They leak accidentally. The IT nerds leak would probably leak "accidentally", if they ever got this stuff.

I don't understand. why did this happen? (4, Interesting)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150634)

Why did this happen? A few theories:

1) an unintentional auto-complete disaster
2) disgruntled employee
3) Hacked twitter account used to launder code in to public domain
4) A diversion: A secondary easily revoked key, not the master, being used to take the piss out of efforts to to find the real master ....???
what is your guess?

Re:I don't understand. why did this happen? (5, Funny)

zill (1690130) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150794)

1) an unintentional auto-complete disaster

Yeah, don't you just hate it when you type 46 and 46 DC EA D3 17 FE 45 D8 09 23 EB 97 E4 95 64 10 D4 CD B2 C2 get suggested.

Re:I don't understand. why did this happen? (5, Funny)

M8e (1008767) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151024)

Or when you want to write 46 DC EA D3 17 FE 45 D8 09 23 EB 97 E4 95 64 10 D4 CD B2 C2 and 46 DC EA D3 17 FE 45 D8 09 23 EB 97 E4 95 64 10 D4 CD B2 C2 don't get suggested until you typed 46 DC EA D3 17 FE 45 D8 09 23 EB 97 E4 95 64 10 D4 CD B2 C.

Re:I don't understand. why did this happen? (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35150822)

This is the real key. It's been known for a few weeks now. Sony has been trying to suppress anyone who reposts the key. Obviously a futile effort.
The marketing guy was tricked into tweeting the key as he responded to another tweet.

Re:I don't understand. why did this happen? (4, Insightful)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150958)

I think you missed a major possibility:

5) As a marketing guy, he has no clue what he was looking at.

Look at his reply: "Lemme guess... you sank my Battleship?" He's guessing, he doesn't know what the string of characters is. He's in marketing, not engineering. That's why the message got removed, because someone who did know what they're seeing contacted him about it (and he's now probably hoping that he doesn't get fired for it).

Re:I don't understand. why did this happen? (1)

commodore6502 (1981532) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151270)

I hope he does get fired.
And then sues Sony for several million in lost wages, damage to reputation, and just general punishment by the Government towards the corporation.

I would laugh like this:
Mu-ha-ah-aha-aha-haha!

hahahaha (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35150438)

oops!

It never fails when you give someone hell about typos, you have them. Cocky isn't always good when humble is an option also

I think (2, Insightful)

redemtionboy (890616) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150442)

Sony is just farking with us now. That or all future games are going to have online-connection necessary DRM. Xbox 360 and Wii were cracked ages ago, yet only Sony is behaving like a 2-year old about it.

Re:I think (1)

drunkennewfiemidget (712572) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150448)

First the rootkit, now this. It's not difficult to boycott Sony for me.

Re:I think (2)

Zelgadiss (213127) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150486)

Then just do.

I keep see people like you posting in Sony related news threads.

What does it matter to you if you are boycotting them already?

Re:I think (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35150728)

First the rootkit, now this. It's not difficult to boycott Sony for me.

Yes. We know. We heard you the first time. We heard all your friends the first time. We heard everyone who agrees with you the first time. We heard reply after reply after reply after identical reply the first time. We heard all of you the first EIGHT THOUSAND TIMES. We heard all of you the first EIGHT MILLION TIMES . We actually agree with you. Now SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT IT ALREADY and actually DO it instead of bragging about how you're going to boycott them over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.

Just don't come back here crying after you rushed out to buy Final Fantasy whateverthefucknumber when it's a PS3 exclusive and expect us to even care when you start up the boycott-o-matic again.

Re:I think (1)

DrXym (126579) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150856)

Where "now this" is preventing the PS3 being used to play pirate games.

Perhaps you should make a stand by buying a 360 or Wii instead, where they welcome pirates with open arms. Or not.

Re:I think...newfie? (2)

mcneely.mike (927221) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151130)

And are you really a newfie? If so, say Hi to Dave and Fiona for me. Boy, i remember drinking with them in Keswick when we all lived there. Ask if they remember the guy who took out his front window, put ramps up and drove his car into his livingroom for the winter... Boy we laughed over that (and drank).

Re:I think (4, Insightful)

Zelgadiss (213127) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150550)

Can't be helped.

If console makers give up on securing their consoles with these fairly non-intrusive DRM and leave their consoles wide open like the PC, it's only common sense to expect PC like DRM from games.

Even if Sony, Big-N and MS does nothing to enforce copy protection, the game publishers will add their own.

IMO it's kind of a pick your poison situation.
Have the console maker do it via locking down their console or have the game publishers make a crazy mess of it.

Re:I think (4, Interesting)

redemtionboy (890616) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150666)

Microsoft has handled the situation appropriately, by putting in fixes and banning consoles and user accounts that break the EULA by hacking the system. Such behavior doesn't end piracy (something that is impossible to do, See: The Fallacy of Perfect Security), it only makes it less convenient, but it doesn't get in the way of honest individuals who purchase content fairly. I fully support Microsoft's behavior as it is a much more reasonable response that keeps both gamers and studios as happy as possible. It may not be as ideal to me as a consumer who wants to do what I want with the console and run homebrew and custom hacks on it, but it never gets in the way of me using the console as Microsoft presented it when I purchased it.

Re:I think (3, Insightful)

Zelgadiss (213127) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150804)

I don't keep up on 360 hacks but to my knowledge MS didn't have their signing key compromised though.

The only hacks I know of are messing with the DVD drive to play pirated games. Has anyone really gotten homebrew to run on that thing?

by putting in fixes and banning consoles and user accounts that break the EULA by hacking the system

I believe Sony would have fix it if they could - they did it with the PSP and the various hacks (etc the first PSP hack that exploited a bug in the TIFF viewer lib).
With the signing key in the wild, custom firmware that can evade detection won't be hard. Banning will be of limited effectiveness.

XNA (5, Informative)

tepples (727027) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151264)

As I understand it, there hasn't been much of an effort to jailbreak the Xbox 360 console for homebrew because Microsoft offers a limited "XNA" sandbox in which to make, run, and even sell homebrew games, and it appears far more committed to XNA than Sony ever was to Other OS.

Re:I think (1)

DrXym (126579) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150908)

And Sony will likely be doing pretty much the same as Microsoft. Surreptitious checks for mods when you sign in or play certain games. I doubt they'd give a crap about mods if it were just some guy wanting to install XBMC or an MKV player. Reality says it's because 99.9% of mods will be used to facilitate piracy. So obviously they're treating it seriously. The whole drivel about a "backdoor" last week was probably preparation for an additional challenge / response step during PSN signon.

It gets worse (1)

Leolo (568145) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151204)

Without DRM the games are that much more suspetible to being controled by a script. In online play, this would give an advantage to the better coders (or script kiddies).

Yes everyone could be using the cheat-scripts, but that would spoil the fun. This is a repeat of the steroids (sorry, Performance Enhancing Drugs) debate.

Re:I think (1)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150708)

Nintendo keeps patching the Wii to block homebrew attempts calling them "stability updates" and blocking use of the Wii Shop until you update for no good reason. So they're not much better. Sony's Other OS option seemed to make everyone happy though, and I only started hearing about the PS3 being broken after that option was removed. If all consoles had something like that I bet piracy would go down just because people developing homebrew wouldn't have to punch holes that pirates can crawl through.

Re:I think (1)

Zelgadiss (213127) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150840)

If all consoles had something like that I bet piracy would go down just because people developing homebrew wouldn't have to punch holes that pirates can crawl through.

In theory, that is.

See Geohot.

Re:I think (1)

redemtionboy (890616) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150850)

Right, but that actually is much better, because it doesn't get in the way of you using the Wii as Nintendo sold it to you. If I never crack my Wii, I never notice any issues. Sony is making it inconvenient for you to use the PS3 no matter what you do. Hacking should come with certain risks and understandings that this is not what the manufacturer intended it to be used as, but that's the game and most of us that do so understand that going into it. Running homebrew and pirated copies of games is in general counter-productive to the business model these companies have set up. Now granted I'm not saying I agree with that model, and it should change, but it is what it is, and it is never inconvenient to someone who just purchases a Wii/Xbox 360 and never breaks the EULA.

Re:I think (1)

slapout (93640) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151140)

"If all consoles had something like that I bet piracy would go down just because people developing homebrew wouldn't have to punch holes that pirates can crawl through."

The XBox360 seems to help your argument. They have a program in place to let homebrew developers write for the console -- and as far as I know, the 360 hasn't been hacked yet. Of course, it could be that they just have better security than the others.

So... (5, Interesting)

Aeternitas827 (1256210) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150480)

Does this mean that Sony have now published the key? Its not as though the person running the Twitter account had to retweet. Reply or dm would have been sufficient to get the quip in. A simple Google search would have told what this was, after all.

Re:So... (1)

Dalroth (85450) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150592)

No. It means that somebody who works at Sony published the key and will likely be fired for misuses of company resources.

In the context of trade secrets and the law ... (5, Interesting)

perpenso (1613749) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150782)

I am guessing, but I think the poster was asking if Sony published in the context of protecting a trade secret. My understanding is that if a company fails to protect and/or publishes a trade secret, either intentionally or accidentally, the information loses its trade secret status in the eyes of the law. So in this context it is an interest question, does publicly repeating what an outside has said count as disclosure of a trade secret with respect to the law?

Re:In the context of trade secrets and the law ... (1)

zerro (1820876) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150982)

So now that sony has leaked their master key (whether intentional, inadvertent, or not), would certain protections of the DMCA become harder to enforce? Or, put another way, would this help in the defense of those pursuing activities akin like GeoHot?

Re:So... (2)

Matt.Battey (1741550) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150682)

Actually, it probably means that his Twitter account was hacked, and the key posted. In another article Sony indicated that they would be going after every web site hosting the key to remove it from the internet. Now that key is posted on Slashdot.

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35150920)

Oh, okay.

46 DC EA D3 17 FE 45 D8 09 23 EB 97 E4 94 64 10 D4 CD B2 C2
[Redacted]
46 DC EA D3 17 FE 45 D8 09 23 EB 97 E4 96 64 10 D4 CD B2 C2
46 DC EA D3 17 FE 45 D8 09 23 EB 97 E4 97 64 10 D4 CD B2 C2
46 DC EA D3 17 FE 45 D8 09 23 EB 97 E4 98 64 10 D4 CD B2 C2
46 DC EA D3 17 FE 45 D8 09 23 EB 97 E4 99 64 10 D4 CD B2 C2
46 DC EA D3 17 FE 45 D8 09 23 EB 97 E4 A0 64 10 D4 CD B2 C2
46 DC EA D3 17 FE 45 D8 09 23 EB 97 E4 A1 64 10 D4 CD B2 C2
46 DC EA D3 17 FE 45 D8 09 23 EB 97 E4 A2 64 10 D4 CD B2 C2
46 DC EA D3 17 FE 45 D8 09 23 EB 97 E4 A3 64 10 D4 CD B2 C2
46 DC EA D3 17 FE 45 D8 09 23 EB 97 E4 A4 64 10 D4 CD B2 C2

Should be fine, now.

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151086)

No, @exiva just lured this guy into retweeting the key. This happens when somebody who has got a clue (and a key) is communicating with somebody who hasn't got a clue.

Re:So... (3, Insightful)

PitaBred (632671) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151206)

Doubtful. Not many people could tell what a private key is when looking at it, especially not a marketing type who doesn't deal with that shit. I'm betting it was just an ignorance mistake on the part of whoever was manning the Kevin Jack twitter account at that time. Just because you see an encryption key doesn't mean 99% of the rest of the world will know what it is.

Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by stupidity.

Re:So... (2)

NETHED (258016) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150768)

Honestly, I doubt the poor shlub about to be fired from marketing had ANY idea what he was doing. He saw the @-reply towards his account, didn't know what that meant, and decided to make a funny. Someone else at Sony saw the "you sunk my battleship" tweet, and after a mild heart attack and stroke, ran to the aforementioned shlub and told him to remove the tweet. What does this mean? It means that Sony's legal position is now much more tenuous, but I highly doubt if that will stop lawyers who are working on a per hour basis, and not a per won case basis.

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35150876)

AND all of us will be subpoenaed once slashdot turns over the IP addresses of everyone that viewed the main page of slashdot, now.

Sony's lawyers have assuredly subpoenaed the IP addresses at this point.

Re:So... (5, Interesting)

miknix (1047580) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150924)

I think the guy behind TheKevinButler twitter account thought the twittered PS3 master key was some kind of coordinates, that's why he replied "you sank my Battleship?". After someone from Sony realized it was in fact the master key, the marketing team must have removed the related post. Makes sense.. no?

Re:So... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151018)

Unfortunately, this isn't "the" key. It's a key, used for factory service dongles, which as of 3.56 is utterly useless (even dangerous), old (this is from before the christmas presentation), and boring. It would've been a lot funnier if the person who started the twitter-streisand thing about the PS3 actually picked an interesting key to tweet (such as the metldr "root" private key, C5 B2...).

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151048)

If this turns out to be valid, and Sony will have to verify this specific instance since it would fall under pre-trial discovery, they'd essentially be outing themselves as one of many sources for the Master key. Not sure what that would do for what geohot exactly, but any ammunition stricken from Sony's arsenal is good, IMO.

Would Sony be going after someone who had purchased no games, discovered and distributed these exploits for purely academic and warrantied purposes, with the intent to use the underlying hardware for it's specific computational properties? The piracy vs. otherOS split with regard to these exploits might be something like 95%/5% or even 99%/1%. The fact that there are legitimate uses for your legally purchased hardware, outside its intended use, is what gives people the right to share and distribute this information. Anything less, and you're in fact willingly subscribing to the notion that you don't own the hardware you purchase. There may be a fine line here, but there is a line, and on that distinction is where I have the right do what I want to any damn piece of equipment I purchase.

/will never own a PS3, or purchase Sony hardware in the future; began that trend in 2003

Marketing man has sense of humor - lawyer doesn't? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35150516)

Bah.. the marketing man displayed a sense of humor; he's perfectly well-aware of what that was and decided that instead of going batshitcrazy or ignoring it (the lawyer-approved method), he'd make a quip. I laughed - though perhaps a chess reference would have worked better.

But then some lawyer probably came in and went "oh noes.. investors might see 'battleship' as SONY-the-company and the release of that key as being severely damaging to the SONY brand/PS3 product! You can't say that! Quick, delete it, delete it NOW!"

Re:Marketing man has sense of humor - lawyer doesn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35150654)

You realize that Sony's argument that it's a 'trade secret' is slightly damaged now by the fact that they have now PUBLISHED IT?

I thought his retort was amusing, but this kinda torpedoes what little legal standing they had...

Re:Marketing man has sense of humor - lawyer doesn (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150712)

I'm not sure Kevin Butler actually understood what he was doing. He's a marketer, he probably wouldn't recognize an encryption key when he sees one.

How about (1)

jsnipy (913480) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150542)

Not really the guy's real twitter account?

Re:How about (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35150574)

Not really the master key for the latest firmware, but the master key for dongles in v3.41?

Or... (2, Insightful)

Deimos24601 (904979) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150568)

His twitter account probably got hacked.

Re:Or... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35150918)

So, either somebody hacked his twitter account, or a Sony marketing exec is just an idiot. I'm going to have to follow Occam's razor here and go with idiot.

Re:Or... (3, Interesting)

franciscohs (1003004) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150974)

I never understood this "account hacked" thing. You mean that twitter service has a security vulnerability and someone was able to tweet with his account without the right credentials, OR someone used his account logging in with his weak password?, because that's not hacking on my book.

Re:Or... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35150994)

From the looks of it, the original poster put that up as an idiotic attempt at "fighting" sony. The set of numbers and letters confused their marketing guy, and he responded to it thinking it was battleship or something. Then they realized what it really was and took it down. No real story.

Re:Or... (1)

kristofme (791986) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151016)

Kevin Butler is a character made up by Sony's marketing department (his Wikipedia page [wikipedia.org] says his twitter account is run by the marketing agency that invented him). Some behind-the-scene marketing basically replied without knowing what he was replying to -- whoops..

Confused... (1)

bradgoodman (964302) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150606)

I'm very confused about this story. I think there are a few plausible explanations:

Has anyone actually verified that this is indeed the key?

Sony really wanted to leak it - why else would a marketing guy even have the key?

He doesn't actually work for Sony. I have some posts that say he is not. (a-la Colbert)

Can anyone clarify any of these thoughts?

Re:Confused... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35150738)

It's a joke twitter account. This is a troll story. YHBT HAND.

Re:Confused... (4, Informative)

Bill Dimm (463823) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150744)

My (perhaps incorrect) understanding is that exiva tweeted the key to Kevin Butler (the marketing guy) followed by the words "Come at me." Kevin Butler then retweeted it with "Lemme guess... you sank my Battleship?" because he didn't know what it was. So, Sony didn't give the key to a marketing guy, someone outside of Sony (exiva) did.

Re:Confused... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151112)

My (perhaps incorrect) understanding is that exiva tweeted the key to Kevin Butler (the marketing guy) followed by the words "Come at me." Kevin Butler then retweeted it with "Lemme guess... you sank my Battleship?" because he didn't know what it was. So, Sony didn't give the key to a marketing guy, someone outside of Sony (exiva) did.

Also, Kevin Butler isn't "a marketing guy". He's a fictional marketing character [wikipedia.org] played by Jerry Lambert.

Re:Confused... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35150752)

If this is the key (and at most it's only part of the key), it isn't as though the marketing guy had it. He just retweeted someone who had tweeted the key already, thus broadcasting it further.

Re:Confused... (1)

doconnor (134648) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150756)

I think the simplest explanation is that the marking person behind that twitter account has no idea what a root key looks like, so he retweeted it without knowing what it was. That's why he thought it was Battleship moves.

Re:Confused... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35150946)

I have they key, does not match here.

Yes Sony ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35150620)

... We HAVE sunk your battleship

We're all going to jail! (1)

SirBitBucket (1292924) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150698)

Oh great! Now Sony will subpoena all of /.'s web logs and sue all of ./'s readers for disseminating the key.

Really? Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35150742)

46 DC EA D3 17 FE 45 D8 09 23 EB 97 E4

Re:We're all going to jail! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151292)

I wish them luck going after those Tor and I2P endpoints

it is real (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35150720)

apparently he thought they were playing battleship or something

that is the real key

A clever dupe! (5, Insightful)

LordStormes (1749242) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150740)

Look at the reply - "Lemme guess, you sank my battleship!" - The marketing guy had NO IDEA what he was reposting, he was simply trying to figure out why some guy dumped a random string of characters on his Twitter. With the spaces in there, it looks like a log of a Battleship game. The original tweeter simply confused a non-IT guy who had no idea that was even a hexidecimal value, let alone the significance of that particular one, into replying to a tweet. In short, absolutely brilliant.

He didn't know what it was (1)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150766)

Read the tweet, he though it was a set of Battleship coordinates. I bet it actually was that guy (or whoever tweets for him) that posted it.

Can someone explain what any of this means... (1, Troll)

kaizendojo (956951) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150772)

...to those of us that have real lives, friends and girlfriends? Sorry, I've been outside.

Re:Can someone explain what any of this means... (1)

headhot (137860) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150824)

Sony has been suing every one who puts the key on the internet. They key is the master key to the PS3 that has resulted in completely making its DRM system uselss.

Re:Can someone explain what any of this means... (1)

jovius (974690) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150846)

It means that you'll have the playfield for the times to come.

Re:Can someone explain what any of this means... (1)

Zelgadiss (213127) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150862)

The posting of the key on twitter?

Nothing.

The key could be easily gotten off the internet by anyone who has the expertise to use it.

Re:Can someone explain what any of this means... (1)

toygeek (473120) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150866)

Slashdotters don't have lives, friends, girlfriends, or this 'outside' you speak of. You must be new here.

Re:Can someone explain what any of this means... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35150878)

Its cold outside. you should go back inside and play with your twitter.. i mean girlfriend.

136,000! (1)

symes (835608) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150812)

This really is the Streisand Effect ++ At what point will Sony give up? Surely the resources involved in chasing down every site will eventually cost more than the projected income from keeping this key private. Not that it is private anymore. A quick Google finds 136,000 entries for the key!

Re:136,000! (1)

DrXym (126579) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150940)

This really is the Streisand Effect ++ At what point will Sony give up?

They won't give up. They have deeper pockets than the hackers and can keep them tied up in the courts for as long as they like.

All part of their new marketing plan (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150820)

Looks like Sony's new "Hack the Box!" marketing plan got leaked a little early.

oh for F...'s sake... (1)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150904)

This marketing idiot retweeted something someone sent him and had no idea what he was doing...

Read the tweet...

He should be fired. He's an idiot.

Re:oh for F...'s sake... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151200)

This marketing idiot retweeted something someone sent him and had no idea what he was doing...

Read the tweet...

He should be fired. He's an idiot.

That explains Corporate Structure ... if your an idiot you should not get fired ...

Original Tweet Link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35150976)

The Tweet link is posted here but is dead now: http://www.ps3news.com/PS3-Hacks/ps3-metldr-root-key-retweeted-by-sonys-kevin-butler/

firmware update? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151002)

I thought Sony released an update that mitigated this...

Outstanding Tweet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151028)

Has anyone tried the code yet?

Moving game sales and DRM to online only ... 12 to 18 months away my guess.

A bad day for someone at SONY ... most likely.

A bad day in CA court when the judge reads the news of this ... "Case Dismissed" .. is my guess.

TeeHeeHee SnickerSnickerSnicker

-308

Excuse me? (1)

Leolo (568145) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151088)

Could this post be translated into English understandable by people over 40?

I can't believe I just asked that! But I don't know how to congugate "to retweet" nor how to parse "X followers tweet read."

Watch Out Marketing! (1)

parse.here (1791910) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151094)

"The character was created by Deutsch/LA, the advertising agency responsible for the campaign.[3] Deutsch/LA also manages Kevin Butler's Twitter account and wrote his E3 2010 speech."

Unless it's a publicity stunt, the Deutsch/LA relations may go down the toilet. I thought the Battleship reference was a great joke though.

Kevin Butler (character) [wikipedia.org]

marketing dork (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151106)

As if that marketing dork would even know what to do with it...

Kevin Butler (3, Informative)

a_nonamiss (743253) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151154)

Do you people realize that Kevin Butler isn't even a real person? (At least, not at Sony.) He's a fictional character played by an actor. This twitter account is probably manned by dozens of employees in the marketing department paid to do just that. Any one of them could have been tricked or compromised. citation [wikipedia.org]
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