To Catch a Predator: PS3 Edition

With all the controversy and flack that video games receive, it seems that they can be used for good.  Federal Agents are using the Playstation 3′s processing capabilities to catch child pornographers. Senior special agent at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Cyber Crimes Center, also know as “C3″ had this to say,

Bad guys are encrypting their stuff now, so we need a methodology of hacking on that to try to break passwords, The Playstation 3 – its processing component – is perfect for large-scale library attacks.

While the perverts might be captured and their computers seized, by law (the fourth amendment of the US constitution) they do not ever have to give up their passwords or personal information or any of that jazz to authorities. An ICE computer forensic agent, Douglas Skinner said that a 6 character password has 281,474,976,710,656 different possibilities as to what it could be.

This is where the PS3 comes in.  Networked PS3s can process 4 million passwords per second, greatly improving the time taken to crack passwords of the perverts.  The PS3 is more economical for them to use because at a $300 price tag per console, it sure beats paying around $800 more for the “Tableau/Dell server combination” they were using before. Unfortunately though, they said they are unable to use the new slim PS3s because of the lack of ability to install another OS like Linux. Way to go Sony.

The ICE is hoping to buy 40 more original PS3s via ebay and such on top of the 20 they already have being used for this.  Despite the temptation, the agents at ICE have resisted playing the consoles and continue to only use them for this serious task.  I admire them, I would have probably ended up playing Uncharted 2 or the God of War III demo on one of them and then in-turn gotten fired.

Federal Officers use Video Game Console to Catch Child Pornographers [AxcessNews]

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29 Comments on "To Catch a Predator: PS3 Edition"

  1. Christoper Whitehorn June 25, 2010 at 05:50 - Reply

    I have tried to write a comment here and every time I try it refreshes the comment or provides an error. Do you think the webmaster could possibly check into the reason it keeps messing up?

  2. Caz November 24, 2009 at 19:19 - Reply

    kreyg…take a seat right over there

  3. gtafreak112 November 16, 2009 at 20:19 - Reply

    where are they located? i have alot of ps3′s to steal there.. lol

  4. Zenhacker November 16, 2009 at 18:23 - Reply

    To be honest they couldn’t hack a vending machine never mind a password but this whole child pornographer stuff is just not right!! I think its quite ironic that the very people who blame gaming for problums across the world are now using consoles themselves lol, those crazy guys when will they learn?

  5. Joelsteen November 16, 2009 at 09:19 - Reply

    Here in Louisiana, they are using a bunch of Ps3′s to crunch large numbers for an astrological space time continuem thing that will go along with the new LHC project in the Alps, which btw, they will be turning on in a few days/weeks. I can’t wait to see what happens with that, because one wrong number in their calculations and…..BLACK HOLE!! Woot! :D

  6. woofer28 November 16, 2009 at 06:35 - Reply

    Chris Hansen will start strapping a ps3 to his back and he shall call himself….. Pervert Buster!!!!!

    • Joelsteen November 16, 2009 at 09:16 - Reply

      What, and carry around a vacuum wand that sucks in the sexual predators? OO’ Scary…

      • woofer28 November 16, 2009 at 14:35 - Reply

        Yep, that’s the Idea. lol

  7. wardog546 November 16, 2009 at 03:42 - Reply

    very interesting. I wonder what is next. Skynet? Robots? or maybe tanks

  8. xReaper29 November 16, 2009 at 00:33 - Reply

    Wow that’s smart and stupid at the same time.

  9. trevdogg0920 November 15, 2009 at 21:44 - Reply

    i knew that really wasn’t a 14 yr old girl on home xD LMAO good thing i didn’t accept those pics :P

  10. moethirteen November 15, 2009 at 21:36 - Reply

    PS3 slim and Sony are helping child pornographers. tisk tisk.

  11. Rocker2791 November 15, 2009 at 21:34 - Reply

    Ohh no, Chris Hansen, lol

  12. Thierry November 15, 2009 at 21:34 - Reply

    damn Kreyg! It’s sunday lol take a break

  13. Richard Reyes November 15, 2009 at 21:33 - Reply

    First they were used to help cure cancer,Now the ps3 is used to catch pedos,What will they think of next?

  14. MrTastyDDR November 15, 2009 at 21:30 - Reply

    ok, one question, how will this work, i mean if it fails….it phailz :P