PSP's Red Death: Virus Masquerading as Firmware Downgrade
date posted: 06:52 PM Fri Oct 7th, 2005
last revision: 06:57 PM Fri Oct 7th, 2005
A fair warning to all you potential PSP hackers in the world; there's a virus for your PSP that's masquerading as a firmware downgrade. With the release of an actual firmware downgrader
, it's easy to see why people might be tempted to download this little virus and install it in an attempt to run their PSPs back to a more flexible state. However, the virus - called PSPbrick - executes your PSP. By deleting key files, the Trojan destroys your PSP for all practical purposes. Since you can't undo the damage without a functioning PSP to hack, PSP owners are basically out of a system. Of course, since hacking your PSP voids the warranty, Sony has announced that they're washing their hands of the problem. Such is the risk of system hacking. For those of you without a hacked PSP, you needn't worry. The virus isn't capable of transferring between systems without the user actively installing it.
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