A couple of weeks ago, some PS3 hardware architect at Sony was sitting at his desk, slurping on a Cup-O-Noodles, thinking, "Man, I really built the Fort Knox of consoles. It's been years, and the PS3 still hasn’t truly been hacked. In fact, because I’m so awesome, tonight I’m going to celebrate by re-inflating Lola and buying her a new wig." And then he opened Firefox, checked the news, and crapped his cargos when he saw that the PS3’s rootkey had been exposed to the world.

Sure, there had already been a USB dongle jailbreak of the PS3, but that was more like finding blurry pics of a Jessica Biel nip slip. The rootkey, though? That’s a full blown sex tape. Everyone realized that the PS3’s walls would be cracked at some point. Despite the fact that the hacker in charge, Geohot, has declared that his work is NOT meant for piracy, it’s an unfortunate inevitability that most rootkey app users will put on their eyepatches and torrent the hell out of bootleg PS3 games. Even as we type this, apps are furiously being written to take advantage of the rootkey to load "backups." But as we all know, gaming pirates have been around for decades. So instead of crying over spilled milk, let’s take a look back at the long, long history of digital thievery.

By Ryan Woo

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